Cubs' road losing streak expands to 6 in 10-3 loss to Rockies

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DENVER -- The Cubs can't look too far ahead to getting out of Coors Field.

That because there are plenty of problems to cure before a four-game series against the two-time defending National League champion Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

Their woes became more acute Tuesday night in a 10-3 loss to the Rockies that that extended their road losing streak to six games and dropped their record away from Wrigley Field to 13-18 and kept them one-half game behind the Brewers in the National League Central.

Left-hander Jose Quintana walked a season-high four batters, and walks to No. 8 hitter Chris Iannetta and pinch-hitter Raimel Tapia signaled the start of the downfall.

Trevor Story's single extended the Cubs' deficit to 3-1. With two out, Brad Brach replaced Quintana to face Nolan Arenado, who reached safely on an infield hit. But shortstop Javier Baez skipped a throw past first baseman Anthony Rizzo that enabled Tapia to score.

Brach's woes continued in the sixth when he was tagged for four hits. Tyler Chatwood took over for Brach, but Charlie Blackmon smacked a 2-2 pitch over the center-field fence for a three-run home run to cap a five-run sixth.

Brach has allowed 13 earned runs in his last 6 2/3 innings covering seven appearances.

Jason Heyward accounted for the Cubs' early offense with a home run off Peter Lambert in the second. But for the second time in as many major league starts, Lambert harnessed the Cubs' offense.

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The Cubs put runners at the corners with two out in the third, but Baez grounded into a fielder's choice. And in the fourth, Heyward hit a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. But Addison Russell, starting for the first time since injuring his hand on June 4, flied to right and Quintana grounded to first.

Kris Bryant was visibly upset after Lambert hit him with a pitch for the second consecutive at-bat, this time on a fastball near his left shoulder.

Bryant walked slowly to first base, but he represented the last Cubs' base runner as Lambert and three relievers retired the next 10 batters.

Left-hander Cole Hamels, who has not allowed an earned run in his last 15 innings (all against the Cardinals), will oppose Antonio Senzatela on Wednesday as the Cubs try to avoid their second consecutive three-game road sweep.

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