German Marquez throws gem, Rockies beat Cubs 3-0

The Chicago Cubs needed someone to come forward and stop their season-high-tying four-game losing streak, so John Lackey stepped up to the plate.

In 20 innings against the Cubs, the Rockies rookie pitchers allowed just five earned runs. Marquez (1-2) led them to a 3-0 victory Wednesday. He made a diving catch of Hendrick's sinking line drive to right field for the second out of the sixth inning. Coming in, he had allowed 10 earned runs in the opening inning and just eight earned from the second on.

"They were determined to make something happened", manager Mike Matheny said. We've had a pretty tough schedule, some long games and rain delays. I don't blame Schwarber it was a very awkward play for a guy who is still learning the position.

Cardinals 7, Marlins 5:Dexter Fowler hit a pinch-hit, go-ahead triple, and the Cardinals overcame a four-run deficit for the second game in a row, rallying past the Marlins in Miami to complete a trip that by one measure ranked as the franchise's best ever. Not one was named Jon Gray, the staff ace who left the clubhouse wearing a smile and a walking boot, patting Marquez on the backside as a show of respect for the rookie's gem of a performance. A throwing error to third base by shortstop Javier Baez opened the door for the Rockies, and when catcher Ryan Hanigan hit a two-out, three-run bloop single during a six-run third inning, Arrieta wouldn't have been blamed if he's started searching for the nearest Coors Field exit.

Hendricks has a 1.52 ERA in his past four starts, and he has a 2.96 ERA in four road starts this season. Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo was rested, as was Rockies SS Trevor Story.

Rockies: C Tom Murphy (fractured right forearm) is "getting closer", manager Bud Black said. The only other pitcher to accomplish the feat was Pedro Martinez, who struck out 13 batters and allowed just five hits in a complete game win over the Rockies. My last three games have been much better.

Germen Marquez flirted with a no-hitter in the Rockies' 3-0 win over the Cubs on Wednesday. While Jake Arrieta pitched a scoreless first two innings in Game 1 of the doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon, he was tagged for 6 runs in the third inning. Cubs RHP Dylan Floro was optioned to Triple-A Iowa, two days after he was brought up from that club.

METS 6, GIANTS 1: Zack Wheeler pitched two-hit ball against the team that traded him, Michael Conforto homered and the New York Mets scored four times in the first inning Tuesday night on the way to a 6-1 victory over the staggering San Francisco Giants. Maddon has yet to announce a start for Friday's game. We know the talent we have here. The 25-year-old is on a mission to repeat as the NL MVP and help the Cubs reach the World Series again.

Game 3 rubber match today will see Kyle Hendricks take the mound for another early game at 2:10 pm.

Duke of Edinburgh to step down from royal public engagements
Lavrov acknowledges Comey fracas by quipping 'Was he fired?'