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Rapid Reaction: Rockies 9, Cubs 4

CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 9-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday:

How it happened: Cubs starter Carlos Villanueva got hit early and often, giving up 12 hits in his five innings of work. The Rockies scored in each of the first three innings and then added two more in the fifth and two more in the ninth. The big blows came from Eric Young Jr., who hit a mammoth home run to center field in the second. Then, Carlos Gonzalez hit one out to right in the third and ninth innings. Villanueva also gave up five doubles. The Cubs got on the board with a Darwin Barney solo shot in the fifth and added two more in the eighth after back-to-back errors by Colorado.

What it means: The rough start could not have come at a worse time for Villanueva. With Matt Garza very close to returning from an injury, one starter has to go to the bullpen despite manager Dale Sveum vaguely intimating before the game he might use six starters for the time being. Tuesday didn’t help Villanueva’s cause, as he was hit hard from the outset, and he’s been trending backward after a great first month on the mound.

Key stat: Gonzalez went 5-5 for Colorado with two home runs and three RBIs.

What’s next: The teams play the rubber game of the series Wednesday night with Jeff Samardzija opposing Jon Garland.