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Lester helps Cubs beat Rockies 3-2 for 5th straight win

Lester helps Cubs beat Rockies 3-2 for 5th straight win

They are the eighth team in Major League Baseball history - and just the fifth since 1960 - to win as many as five consecutive games while scoring three runs or fewer in each.

The Cubs' five-game winning streak masked the issues, but their offense has been sputtering of late.

- No ER allowed in last 29 IP.

The Cubs have won 11 of Lester's last 12 starts on Monday, are 38-17 in his last 55 home outings and have won 39 of his last 58 starts overall. Rockies 2, Cubs 0. He is 0-2 with a 3.60 ERA, a 1.60 WHIP, 10 walks and 21 strikeouts over 15 innings in his three career starts at Wrigley Field. During the winning streak, Chicago has scored no more than three runs during a game.

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The Rockies put runners on first and second with two outs in the ninth before Cishek struck out Nolan Arenado. He worked six innings, allowing one run (none earned) on three hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in a game the Cubs won 3-2. Starting pitcher Jon Gray added a base hit of his own to round out the offense for Colorado in the win, with the Rockies mustering up just four hits in the victory. Struggling badly through the first month of the season, Anthony Rizzo led off on Tuesday after talking with Joe Maddon before the game.

Chicago and Colorado conclude the three-game series Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field. Jon Lester recorded a no-decision as he allowed two runs (none earned) on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts over 5.2 innings. Darvish is 0-1 with four strikeouts and a 9.64 ERA in one start against Colorado this year.

Rockies are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Meanwhile Darvish, chased by the Rockies in the fourth inning a couple weeks ago, is still searching for his first win of 2018. "I think maybe you grip your intensity a little bit harder, which is a negative in this game", Rizzo said of the hitter-friendly wind conditions. With Colorado's inability to do much at the plate lately, take the Cubs to win this one and take the series. The fact that they managed to get a win in that stretch is impressive enough: the sad part was the RBI in that 1-0 game came off the bat off Antonio Senzatela, who came on in relief of Anderson. On the other hand, Colorado has some serious problems offensively over the last week, scoring just 7 runs over their last 5 games. "I said the other day, too, when we were close to.500, I said I'd rather have the record we had but with the growth and certain guys facing some hard stretches and coming out of it and making adjustments that I think will serve them well for the rest of the season". If the pitching keeps going like this, Chicago will be tough to beat.


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