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Kyle Hendricks strong, but Cubs can't hit German Marquez in loss to Rockies

Kyle Hendricks strong, but Cubs can't hit German Marquez in loss to Rockies

DENVER — German Marquez allowed three hits over eight innings and got his first major league hit with a two-run single in the seventh to lead the Rockies over the Cubs 3-0 on Wednesday.

Marquez had a no-hit bid going until Kris Bryant's double leading off the seventh inning. He walked Kyle Schwarber in the first and retired 16 straight before Bryant's hit to left.

The 22-year-old Marquez struck out eight by mixing in a mid-90s fastball with an assortment of breaking pitches. With two on and two outs in the seventh, Marquez broke open the game with his liner to left. The Rockies bench gave him an ovation.

Greg Holland threw a perfect ninth for his 14th save in as many chances to help the Rockies take two of three from the Cubs.

Kyle Hendricks gave up three runs — two earned — in 6 1/3 innings.

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Ian Desmond hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the fourth that was set up by an error. After Nolan Arenado's one-out single, Carlos Gonzalez sent a grounder to shortstop Javier Baez, who mishandled it. Mark Reynolds drew a walk, and Desmond lifted a ball to center.

Marquez was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on April 25 to fill in for injured Jon Gray. He struggled in his first two starts at Coors Field this season, posting an 11.70 ERA.

He found his electric stuff Wednesday after a rain delay of 50 minutes at the start. It's the sixth time a Rockies pitcher has thrown at least six innings of no-hit baseball at Coors Field and first since Jorge De La Rosa on May 16, 2014, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Marquez found himself in a tight spot in the eighth with two on and one out. Manager Bud Black showed faith in him to escape and he did, too, by getting two groundouts to end the threat.

Cubs injury update: Anthony Rizzo sits out of intrasquad scrimmage

Cubs injury update: Anthony Rizzo sits out of intrasquad scrimmage

Anthony Rizzo sat out of in the Cubs’ intrasquad scrimmage Thursday, after missing the two previous days of team workouts with lower back tightness.

“I spoke to him yesterday and he felt much better,” Cubs manager David Ross said, “so he’s moving the right direction.”

David Bote filled in for Rizzo at first base. Rizzo remains day-to-day. The first baseman has a history of back injury, and Ross said the Cubs are taking a cautious approach to Rizzo's health during Summer Camp.

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But he was still a presence in Thursday's intrasquad game. Rizzo, in uniform, spent the first few innings of the scrimmage next to the on-deck circle. He chatted with several players, including Ian Happ and Javy Baez, before they headed to the batter’s box. Rizzo then moved to the left field bleachers, bat in hand.

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Anthony Rizzo takes in Cubs intrasquad game in Wrigley Field bleachers

Anthony Rizzo takes in Cubs intrasquad game in Wrigley Field bleachers

Anthony Rizzo missed Summer Camp on Thursday as he remains day-to-day with lower back tightness. However, the Cubs first baseman still found a way to take in the action.

Rizzo posted up in the left field bleachers during Thursday's game, which pitted Yu Darvish vs. Kyle Hendricks. He later moved to sit by the on-deck circle.

With no fans in attendance this season, MLB players will likely be stationed throughout ballpark seating throughout games to social distance. The Cubs obviously want to see Rizzo stationed at first base come the regular season, but it would be quite the sight if he or any Cubs get to sit out in the bleachers this year.

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