CHICAGO (AP) – Tsuyoshi Wada earned his first big league win, pitching seven strong innings Monday night as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Colorado Rockies 4-1.
Anthony Rizzo drove in two runs to back Wada (1-1).
In only his third career start in the majors, Wada cut through the Colorado lineup, allowing one run and five hits. It was a far cry from his last outing, when he lasted four innings and gave up five runs in a loss to San Diego.
The sole blemish on Wada’s performance came in the sixth when the Rockies got three hits, capped by Nolan Arenado‘s RBI single.
The 33-year-old Wada won 107 games over nine seasons in Japan.
Yohan Flande (0-3) struck out eight in 6 2-3 innings. Those were his career bests in his fifth start.
Rockies: SS Troy Tulowitzki (left hip) underwent an acupuncture-like procedure in Philadelphia. … 1B Justin Morneau (strained neck) was scheduled to a make a rehab start with the Triple-A Colorado Springs. Manager Walt Weiss said Morneau could return as soon as Tuesday, the first day he’s eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list. … LHP Boone Logan (intestinal condition) was also scheduled to make his first rehab appearance with Colorado Springs.
Cubs: Manager Rick Renteria is encouraged by left-handed reliever Kyuji Fujikawa‘s rehab assignment in Triple-A Iowa. “I can say that he’s responding well after his outings,” Renteria said. “We’ll continue to monitor and see where he’s at. All indications, I can say that he’s doing fine.” Fujikawa, 34, underwent Tommy John surgery in June 2013.
– By JACK CASSIDY, Associated Press
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