The Cubs can’t look too far ahead to getting out of Coors Field.
Their woes became more acute Tuesday night in a 10-3 loss to the Rockies that that extended their road losing streak to five games and dropped their record away from Wrigley Field to 13-18 and kept them one-half game behind the Brewers in the National League Central.
“You have to be more offensive,” manager Joe Maddon said. “When you’re playing in this environment, you got to stay with the other team, and they got to stay with you in order to win. We just didn’t do that. And it wasn’t a good game for us, too.”
For the second time in six days, the Cubs couldn’t solve Peter Lambert, who became the second pitcher in franchise history to throw five or more innings while allowing one run or fewer in each of their first two major league starts — joining former Loyola Academy standout Christian Friedrich.
“We have not figured him out well,” Maddon said. “He’s got a good changeup. He’s got pitchability.
“I think he’s going to be pretty good.”
Trevor Story’s single extended the Cubs’ deficit to 3-1. With two out, Brad Brach replaced Quintana to face Nolan Arenado, who reached safely on an infield hit. But shortstop Javier Baez skipped a throw past first baseman Anthony Rizzo that enabled Tapia to score.
“I walked the leadoff man (Iannetta) — that was the problem,” Quintana said. “I felt pretty good, and then two straight walks took me out of the game.”
Brach’s woes continued in the sixth when he was tagged for four hits. Tyler Chatwood took over for Brach, but Charlie Blackmon smacked a 2-2 over the center field fence for a three-run home run to cap a five-run sixth.
Brach has allowed 13 earned runs in his last 6 2/3 innings covering seven appearances.
Jason Heyward hit a home run off Lambert in the second, but the Cubs squandered chances in the next two innings.
The Cubs put runners at the corners with two out in the third, but Baez grounded into a fielder’s choice. And in the fourth, Heyward hit a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. But Addison Russell, starting for the first time since injuring his hand on June 4, flied to right and and Quintana grounded to first.
“I’ve been working on my counts to be patient and not to swing out of the strike zone,” Baez said. “But when you’re in the moment, it’s hard to let the game come to you. But you got to take it and go out there and play hard.
“Hopefully stuff starts coming our way.”
Left-hander Cole Hamels, who has not allowed an earned run in his last 15 innings (all against the Cardinals), will oppose Antonio Senzatela on Wednesday as the Cubs try to avoid their second consecutive three-game road sweep.