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Jul 29, 1:14 AM EDT

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Uncertainly on the back end of their starting rotation has been a problem for the Chicago Cubs. Dallas Beeler showed he's not the solution.

D.J. LeMahieu had three hits and scored twice to help the Colorado Rockies get a win in their first game after trading Troy Tulowitzki, beating the Cubs 7-2 Tuesday night.

LeMahieu extended his hitting streak to 18 games with an RBI double as part of a four-run first, tripled in the fifth and singled in the ninth to help Colorado won for the third time in five games.

Recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Iowa, Beeler (0-1) lasted only 1 1/3 innings and allowed four runs and four hits while walking three and striking out one.

"We just got off to a bad start - pitcher got off to a bad start," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "But listen, we have to be better offensively."

Beeler's short outing put the pressure on reliever Travis Wood, who worked 3 2/3 innings, giving up only a hit and an earned run.

Asked if Wood could possibly be a solution as a fifth starter, Maddon said he but prefers Wood stay in the bullpen.

Wood said he's just trying to thrive in his current role, but it wouldn't take much for him to make the jump back into the rotation.

"I can throw as much as you need me to right now," Wood said. "As far as that goes, they'll make their decision and we'll go from there."

Yohan Flande (1-1) got his first career victory for the Rockies, giving up a run and four hits while walking three and striking out four in five innings. He came in 0-7 with a 4.97 ERA and was making his first start since Sept. 24.

Through an interpreter, Flande said he was just trying to do his best without thinking too much about picking up his first win.

Dexter Fowler had three hits for Chicago, Jorge Soler had two, including a run-scoring single in the first, and Chris Coghlan had a pinch-home run in the seventh for Chicago.

The Cubs, who won Monday on Bryant's two-run homer in the ninth inning, have lost four of five.

"Joe warned us about it early in spring - we're going to hit a bad patch and we just need to battle through it and do everything we can," Wood said. "We'll come out of it and we'll be better off."


The Cubs had been linked to Ben Zobrist and Jonathan Papelbon in trade speculation but both were dealt Tuesday, with Zobrist going to Kansas City and Papelbon heading to Washington. Maddon said if the Cubs didn't make any moves and had to win with what they have, he's "always good with that because if you look at our group right now, the big thing there is to get more out of what we have."


Rockies: RHP Christian Bergman (right shoulder) was sent on a rehab assignment to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Cubs: LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (left shoulder) threw six innings and allowed two unearned runs Monday for Triple-A Iowa.


Rockies: RHP Eddie Butler (3-6, 4.77) will make his first career start against the Cubs.

Cubs: LHP Jon Lester (5-8, 3.32) has faced Colorado only once in the regular season, but beat the Rockies in Game 4 of the 2007 World Series to clinch a title for Boston.

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