CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro committed three errors in the second inning and the Colorado Rockies beat Chicago 5-3 Monday night.
Matt Garza’s errant throw to first on a bunt was the Cubs’ fourth error of the night and opened the door to two more runs.
Dexter Fowler had a triple, walk and scored a run for Colorado. Huston Street pitched the ninth for his eighth save in eight chances.
Rockies starter Esmil Rogers gave up eight hits and four walks, but just three runs in 5 1-3 innings.
Only one of the five runs scored against Garza were earned. He gave up three hits and a walk in six innings.
Kosuke Fukudome set a career high with five hits, all singles and Darwin Barney hit a two-run homer in the first inning.
It all came undone shortly after.
Troy Tulowitzki hit a grounder to Castro leading off the second, reaching base when he bobbled the ball.
Todd Helton struck out and Seth Smith singled before Castro misplayed Jose Lopez’s grounder, letting Tulowitzki score.
Now with Smith on second and Lopez on first, Chris Iannetta hit a grounder that Castro fielded cleanly.
His throw, though, sailed past Barney at second base and into the Cubs’ bullpen along the right field line.
Smith and Lopez came all the way home to tie the game at 3. When Castro finally fielded a grounder and threw out Rogers at first, he got a sarcastic cheer. Fowler struck out to end the inning.
One more mistake let the Rockies take the lead.
In the fifth inning, with men on first and second, Jonathan Herrera laid down a bunt. Garza’s throw to Barney at first was off, and Rogers scored. Fowler reached third and scored later on Carlos Gonzalez’s groundout.
Castro was the first Cubs player to have three errors in an inning since Jaime Navarro did it on Aug. 18, 1996 against Houston.
The major league record for errors in an inning by a shortstop is four. It’s happened three though not since Lennie Merullo did it Sept. 13, 1942. He later played on the last Cubs team to make the World Series, in 1945.
Castro also went 0 for 5.
NOTES: According to STATS, LLC, the last player to make three errors in an inning was 3B Andy Marte of Cleveland on June 10 last year. The last SS to do it was Aaron Miles of St. Louis, on July 7, 2007. … Cubs manager Mike Quade gave third baseman Aramis Ramirez the night off, starting Jeff Baker in his place. … Quade said that injured starting pitchers Randy Wells (forearm strain) and Andrew Cashner (rotator cuff strain) were both progressing well, though no timetable has been established for their return to the Cubs’ rotation. Both pitchers, who were placed on the disabled list on April 7, are slated to be re-examined on Wednesday. … Fowler’s seventh-inning triple gave him 25 in his career, moving him past Ellis Burks for fifth on Colorado’s career list.
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