Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood put together the team's best start on the mound this season and Nolan Arenado hit a pair of home runs as the Rockies got a 2-0 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Chatwood pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits and a walk and striking out seven in the game, throwing 99 pitches, 64 for strikes. He retired the first 14 Cubs he faced before walking Jorge Soler with two outs in the fifth.
By the time of that Soler walk, the Rockies already had a 1-0 lead courtesy of Nolan Arenado's fifth home run of the season, a solo shot that just made it to the basket in left field against Cubs starter Jon Lester.
After the walk to Soler, Chatwood allowed a single to Javier Baez and a double to Lester, but no Cubs reached third base against the Rockies starter.
After Chatwood exited with a 1-0 lead, Miguel Castro retired Chicago in order in the eighth and Arenado gave the Rockies some insurance with his second home run of the game, also of the solo variety, against Cubs reliever Justin Grimm in the ninth.
Rockies closer Jake McGee made things interesting in the ninth, allowing a double to Jason Heyward and hitting Anthony Rizzo with a pitch, but struck out Kris Bryant to end the game and earn his third save of the season.
Facing a team that was 8-1 entering the series, Colorado got its second series win in two tries away from Coors Field this season and improved to 7-5 in 2016. Much of their success in Chicago was down to the starting pitching, which allowed just two runs in 18 innings of work with 18 strikeouts against a team that led the majors in runs per game before the Rockies came to town.
The Rockies will look to continue their road momentum tomorrow in Cincinnati as Jordan Lyles takes the mound against the Reds.