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Rockies 13 Cubs 4: Big bats bash bears

Well hey, that was awesome. The Rockies rode an offensive explosion to win easily.

Dustin Bradford

It was the first start in two months for Jordan Lyles, but it was the Rockies' bats that were the big story in tonight's victory. They pounded out 16 hits and 13 runs against the Jake Arrieta and other Cubs pitching to win easily, a rare bright spot in this 2014 season. Both Carlos Gonzalez and Michael McKenry blasted big two run home runs to salt this one away.

Lyles was a mixed bag in this contest. He worked six innings and allowed four runs off six hits and one walk. He struck out five thanks to a pretty solid change up and cutter. A lead off triple off the bat of Chris Coghlan started the evening off poorly, and he would score off a sacrifice fly, but Lyles showed solid poise throughout the night despite some adversity. In the fourth inning he allowed a two out walk and home run to Arismendy Altantara to put the Rockies down 3-0. It was an unfortunate sequence, but he didn't let it unravel him.

The bats finally heated up in the bottom of the fourth with a Justin Morneau triple, a Corey Dickerson triple, and a Mike McKenry single to tie it up.

Coghlan again doubled in a run in the fifth to put the Cubs up, and it felt like typical Rockie ball at the time. But Lyles struck out Anthony Rizzo on an outstanding change up to end the inning, and then worked out of a runner on second, nobody out jam in the sixth inning. The Rockies were still down 4-3 after the top of the sixth, but Lyles kept the team in it. And they would respond.

Seven straight Rockies would reach in the bottom of the sixth inning. Arenado doubled home Morneau to tie it. Cargo would then blast a home run to the back of the bullpen (good lord that was nice to see). Dickerson doubled. McKenry singled. LeMahieu laid down a ridiculous bunt that died on the first base chalk that let everyone move up. And Brandon Barnes singled home two guys. Just like that, it was 9-4 Rockies.

Such is Rockies baseball, though, that I'm sure we were all somewhat nervous about the game. The bullpen needed nine outs and had five runs to work with...was it safe? Well this time it was. Matt Belisle, Tommy Kahnle, and Brooks Brown worked scoreless frames, despite a smattering of singles.

They had some more help though, as the Rockies scored four more in the bottom of the seventh. Cargo doubled, Dickerson singled, and McKenry launched a huge homer to left field. Four more markers. It was officially a laugher, 13-4.

When was the last Rockies laugher? I can't remember. It has been a season of misery, but every member of the team was on point tonight. Despite the four runs allowed, Lyles looked pretty sharp. It was wonderful to see Gonzalez and Dickerson break out of their slumps. Arenado was once again terrific. It's easy to forget that there's a lot of talent on this team, even if they are bringing up the rear of the National League.

2014 has been a bitter pill to swallow, but nights like tonight are a much needed spoonful of sugar.

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