Bullpen woes continue in loss to Cubs

Bullpen woes continue in tough loss

DENVER -- The suffering was delayed Wednesday night when Ryan Spilborghs bailed the Rockies out with a two-out, RBI triple in the ninth inning to send the game to extra innings at Coors Field.

The Cubs prolonged the suffering when Ryan Theriot hit a two-out, RBI single against Kip Wells (1-1) to give them a 7-6 victory in 10 innings. For the fourth straight game the Rockies have taken a lead into the seventh inning or later. And for the fourth straight game they've come away losers.

"These are games we need to be winning," Troy Tulowitzki said. "We're making it hard on ourselves and we know that."

The loss ended what looked to be a night of redemption for Tulowitzki and the Rockies. After falling behind, 3-0, the Rockies took a 5-3 lead in the sixth inning, capped by Tulowitzki's three-run homer, his first of the season, which broke a 1-for-17 slump.

Tulowitzki had a sly smile and a look of relief when he entered the dugout after his homer. He continued his savior role for the night in the seventh. The Cubs had the bases loaded with one out and trailing, 5-4, when Mark DeRosa lined out to Tulowitzki, who proceeded to double up Derrek Lee at second.

With Manuel Corpas on in the ninth getting his shot at redemption after blowing the save Tuesday night against the Phillies, Aramis Ramirez ruined it all with a two-run homer to give the Cubs a 6-5 lead.

"I don't feel any pressure; it's just my slider that didn't have any movement on it," Corpas said through a translator of the pitch that got away to Ramirez.

With the blown save, Corpas might see some movement in the bullpen. Brian Fuentes, who worked a scoreless eighth, would be the obvious replacement. Corpas has been unable to convert four of his eight save opportunities this year after blowing only three saves all season in 2007.

"We might not have as much patience this year as we have in others in developing people," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.

The hesitance to be patient has been apparent with Hurdle electing to go with Clint Barmes at second base instead of the struggling Jayson Nix. Barmes continued to prove that was a smart move with a solo homer in the sixth inning that started the Rockies' rally, and bumped his average up to a team-high .360.

Franklin Morales worked six innings and held the Cubs to three runs on eight hits, putting the Rockies in a position to win the game.

Garrett Atkins, who led the Rockies with two hits, drove in a run in the sixth before Tulowitzki delivered with his homer. But once again, it wasn't enough for the Rockies bullpen.

"I definitely took some better swings tonight," Tulowitzki said, "but we came out on the losing end and that's still bothersome."

C.J. Moore is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.