Left-hander Chris Rusin has arrived at Wrigley Field, but most of Wednesday night's focus was on Emilio Bonifacio, who was out of the lineup as the Chicago Cubs tried to win their third consecutive game against the Colorado Rockies.
Rusin will serve as protection in the wake of a 4-3 victory in 16 innings that didn't end until 1:34 a.m. Wednesday.
"We have quite a few down," manager Rick Renteria said in regards to his bullpen that hurled 12 shutout innings. "We'll still have Wesley (Wright), Hector (Rondon) and (Justin) Grimm, and (Brian) Schlitter should be fine."
With Bonifacio likely traded by Thursday's 3 p.m. non-waiver trading deadline, he could only watch as the Cubs rallied for a 4-4 tie on a two-run home run by Luis Valbuena off reliever Tommy Kahnle in the bottom of the eighth inning.
However, left-hander Wesley Wright walked two batters before allowing a tie-breaking single to Brian Barnes and hurling a wild pitch as the Rockies pulled out a 6-4 win in 10 innings.
Left-hander Travis Wood allowed one run during a 30-pitch first inning, and the Rockies scored two more times in the second on doubles by Charlie Culbertson and Charlie Blackmon. Matt McKendry smacked an RBI double in the sixth as Wood finished with a career-high 119 pitches.
The Cubs scored their first run in the fifth off left-hander Brett Anderson when John Baker hit an opposite field double to left. With two out in the sixth, Valbuena hit a grounder to shallow right in which D.J. LeMahieu made a diving stop but bounced a throw to first that allowed Chris Coghlan to score.
Reliever Blake Parker was optioned to Triple-A Iowa to make room for Rusin.
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