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Colorado Rockies 5, Chicago Cubs 1: Home Sweet Home

Riding an erratic but gutty performance by Tyler Matzek and strong long relief work by a quartet of relievers, the Rockies beat the Cubs 5-1 in their home opener on Friday afternoon.

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Ah, opening day. There's nothing quite like it in sports.

There was much pageantry...

Celebrities were there...

And a crowd of 49,303 watched the Rockies pile up 11 hits and five runs against Travis Wood and Co. to get their fourth victory of the young season.

DJ LeMahieu opened the scoring with a single in the bottom of the second, driving in Matzek, who hit a double out of the eighth spot in the previous at-bat. The Cubs loaded the bases in the top of the 3rd but were only able to get one run on a sacrifice fly by Matt Szczur. Then, in the bottom of the fifth, Troy Tulowitzki doubled home LeMahieu (who had three hits on the day) and Corey Dickerson to give the Rockies the lead for good.

The lead widened further in the bottom of the sixth when Justin Morneau, recently inserted into the game for starting first baseman Wilin Rosario, hit his first home run of the season off Cubs reliever Brian Schlitter. Later in the inning, with two aboard, Corey Dickerson drove home Charlie Blackmon on what appeared to be yet another Rockies double, but Dickerson overslid the bag at second base and was called out, killing the rally.

The Cubs never threatened again, as Christian Bergman (who got the win), Brooks Brown, and Rafael Betancourt held them scoreless before Boone Logan finished the job.

The Rockies are now 4-0 for the second time in their history. The first time was in 1995.

The series continues tomorrow night at 6:10 PM as former Rockie Jason Hammel takes on Kyle Kendrick.

Source: FanGraphs

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