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Rockies rally against Aroldis Chapman, Cubs in 7-6 win

Colorado came back from down four runs on Friday night to beat the league's best team.

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Ryan Raburn hit an RBI double and scored on a throwing error in the bottom of the 11th inning to lead the Colorado Rockies to a 7-6 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday night at Coors Field.

Raburn drove an 84 mph slider from Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman on a 2-2 count to the right-center field gap to plate Nick Hundley, who hit a one-out single in the previous at-bat. The relay throw from second baseman Javier Baez sailed to the left of home plate, eventually ending up in the Cubs' dugout.

The umpires awarded Raburn, who was about halfway to third base when the ball went out of play, home plate. A quick rules challenge was upheld, completing the Rockies' comeback.

Colorado trailed 5-1 entering the seventh inning. Former Rockie Dexter Fowler led off the game with a home run, only to be matched the bottom half of the inning by David Dahl, who was moved to the leadoff spot in place of the injured Charlie Blackmon. But the Cubs tacked on four more runs over the next six innings against Tyler Anderson, who gave up a two-run homer to Addison Russell in the sixth, spoiling what would've been a quality start.

All things considered, Anderson still pitched fairly well, allowing five runs on eight hits and a walk in seven innings. He struck out eight and threw 71 of 106 pitches for strikes.

The Rockies scored on a Kris Bryant throwing error in the seventh to cut the deficit to 5-2 before tying the game in the eighth on an RBI double by DJ LeMahieu, a run-scoring groundout by Carlos Gonzalez and a sacrifice fly from Nolan Arenado. LeMahieu was initially called out on the latter play, but the call was overturned after replay showed the Rockies' second baseman clearly slid into home ahead of the tag applied by Cubs catcher Wilson Contreras.

Fowler struck again in the 11th with a two-out RBI single off of Matt Carasiti to put the Cubs back in the driver's seat. Carsiti retired Bryant with runners on the corners to escape additional damage and set the table for Hundley and Raburn to win it in the bottom half of the frame.

The win -- the Rockies' third straight -- moves Colorado back to within four games of .500, at 59-63. It also hopefully gives the club some additional momentum heading into top pitching prospect Jeff Hoffman's major league debut on Saturday.