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Baez homers in 12th in debut as Cubs top Rockies

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 12:22 a.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 12:37 a.m. CST
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The Cubs' Javier Baez looks skyward as he crosses home plate after his solo home run in the 12th inning Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

DENVER – Javier Baez homered in the 12th inning in his major league debut, and the Cubs beat the Colorado Rockies 6-5 on Tuesday night.

Wellington Castillo also homered for the Cubs, who have won four of five.

Baez, a prized prospect called up before the game, struck out in three of his first five at-bats before hitting Boone Logan's first pitch of the 12th an estimated 414 feet into the Rockies' bullpen.

Hector Rondon (3-3) blew his fourth save but got the win and Carlos Villanueva picked up his second save.

Both teams scored a run in the 11th to extend the game.

Nolan Arenado homered and Logan (2-2) took the loss for the Rockies, who have dropped five straight.

Rockies starter Brett Anderson allowed just one hit through three innings but left after one pitch in the fourth due to back spasms. Franklin Morales came on and threw two scoreless innings before Castillo led off the sixth with his eighth home run of the season to cut Colorado's lead to 3-1.

The shaky Colorado bullpen faltered in the seventh. Three relievers combined to walk six batters in the inning, three of which scored to give the Cubs a 4-3 lead.

Arenado tied it in the bottom of the seventh with his 10th home run of the season.

The Rockies took a 2-0 lead in the second on Brandon Barnes' two-run double over the bag at third base.

Colorado added another run on a walk and three hits in the fifth inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: Right-handed reliever Kyuji Fujikawa is with the team and close to returning after missing more than a year following Tommy John surgery. In 12 rehab outings this year Fujikawa has a 0.77 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 11 2-3 innings. He last pitched in a major league game on May 26, 2013.

Rockies: Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday but hasn't started baseball related activities. The leading hitter in the major leagues has been out since suffering a left hip flexor strain in Washington on July 19 and manager Walt Weiss said Tulowitzki could return in the next week.

ON DECK

Cubs: Jake Arrieta (6-2, 2.11) will try to duplicate his strong start last week when didn't allow a Rockies' baserunner until late into the fifth inning in the Cubs' win at Wrigley Field. The righty allowed just three hits in seven innings of work but faces a stiffer challenge at Coors Field.

Rockies: Right-hander Jordan Lyles (5-1, 3.52) will return to the rotation after missing two months with a fractured left hand. Lyles, acquired in an offseason trade with Houston, was pitching effectively before suffering the injury on a comebacker against Arizona on June 4.

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