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July 22, 2013

Cubs fall short against Rockies 4-3

DENVER (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are piling up the hits.

Unfortunately for them, they're not getting them when it counts most.

The Cubs outhit Colorado 10-5, but another dismal performance with runners in scoring position cost them in a 4-3 loss to the Rockies on Sunday.

Starlin Castro had four hits, matching a career high, and Anthony Rizzo homered for Chicago, which lost its first series in three weeks after winning Friday night.

"We're probably lucky to win one in this series scoring three runs in each game and going 1 for 25 with runners in scoring position," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.

"That's what I said coming out of the break, we've got to get better with men in scoring position. Obviously we're in the same boat."

Tyler Chatwood pitched six strong innings, Nolan Arenado hit a go-ahead single to help the Rockies win the three-game series.

The Cubs can point to the fact they were 0 for 9 with runners on second and third Sunday.

"We had guys on all day and we didn't get that big hit," Rizzo said. "From the first inning on we threatened, but hats off to them for making the pitches."

The Cubs didn't need runners in scoring position when they finally got to Chatwood in the sixth. Rizzo started the inning by homering into the left-field bleachers for his 14th of the season.

One out later, Nate Schierholtz and Junior Lake hit back-to-back singles and both advanced on Chatwood's errant pickoff throw, leading to Schierholtz scoring on Darwin Barney's sacrifice fly as Chicago tied it at 2.

The Rockies came right back in their half with help from Lake.

With two outs, Edwin Jackson walked Carlos Gonzalez and, after Gonzalez stole second, also walked Michael Cuddyer.

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