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Sunday, April 17, 2011
Cubs 8, Rockies 3

By Bruce Levine



DENVER -- A quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 8-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.

The good: Right-hander Casey Coleman won his first game of the season as a temporary replacement for starter Randy Wells. Shortstop Starlin Castro had his first four-hit night of the year, tying a career-high that he’s reached five times. Castro also hit his first home run of 2011. Alfonso Soriano had a three-hit night, including a home run and two RBIs and has team highs in home runs (5) and RBIs (12). The Cubs had a season-high 17 hits.

The bad: Marlon Byrd is now 0-for-9 since his nine-game hitting streak was snapped on Friday.

Beyond the box score: Mike Quade is leaning towards James Russell as his Tuesday night starter against the San Diego Padres.

Up next: Ryan Dempster (1-2) faces Colorado right-hander Alan Johnson on Sunday. At 27, Johnson is making his first major league appearance.