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Arenado's 2 HRs lead Rockies' rout of Cubs

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CHICAGO -- Third baseman Nolan Arenado is on a power surge, and his Rockies simply dig the home run.

Arenado crushed two homers, giving him six in 12 games since returning from a five-game suspension, and Chris Iannetta and Trevor Story also homered as the Rockies beat the Cubs, 11-2, on Wednesday to take the three-game series at Wrigley Field.

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CHICAGO -- Third baseman Nolan Arenado is on a power surge, and his Rockies simply dig the home run.

Arenado crushed two homers, giving him six in 12 games since returning from a five-game suspension, and Chris Iannetta and Trevor Story also homered as the Rockies beat the Cubs, 11-2, on Wednesday to take the three-game series at Wrigley Field.

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"Obviously, it was a special day," Arenado said. "I backspinned the ball to left, left-center the way I should on those pitches."

Arenado finished with five RBIs -- two on his shot to center off Cubs starter Yu Darvish, who also served up the Iannetta and Story dingers, and the others on a three-run shot off Cubs reliever Luke Farrell in the eighth. The first homer went to center field, an estimated 440 feet, per Statcast™. The second traveled an estimated 397 feet beyond the left-field wall onto Waveland Ave.

Video: COL@CHC: Anderson, Arenado on big days against Cubs

Arenado, who had just one homer before the suspension for charging and swinging at Padres pitcher Luis Perdomo on April 11, had his first multi-homer game since last July 19 against the Padres and his 13th in his career.

Since his return, Arenado is hitting .356 (16-for-45) with 13 RBIs. And this despite the fact he entered Wednesday 3-for-18 on the current road trip, though much of that occurred in Miami, where almost no one hit.

"It's still early, and we had some tough games out there," Arenado said. "But we're a good team. We know that. It's just a matter of putting it together."

Video: COL@CHC: Story crushes a solo shot to left field

The homer has been the story of the Rockies' season. They scored seven of their runs on the four homers Wednesday, and 63 of their 129 runs (48.8 percent) this season have come via the homer. The Rockies, normally poor on the road, are 12-8 away from Coors Field this season -- a key to a 17-15 overall mark.

Story's homer was his seventh, Iannetta's his third. Although the four homers mirrored what the Rockies have done all year, the 15-hit breakout was a welcome change. In Tuesday night's 3-1 victory, they managed just four hits -- three of them solo shots, from Blackmon and David Dahl in the first and Arenado in the fourth.

Video: COL@CHC: Black on offensive outburst in win over Cubs

But Wednesday, Gerardo Parra doubled twice, Arenado doubled once and Dahl and Story joined Arenado and Parra with multi-hit games.

"I don't think there was one thing," Black said. "Collectively, we had good at-bats."

Tyler Anderson (2-0), who left his last start at Miami with lightheadedness, also kept up a run of strong Rockies starting pitching by striking out nine in seven innings and holding the Cubs to three hits -- two of them Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant solo homers. Anderson walked just one.

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Video: COL@CHC: Anderson strikes out 9 over 7 strong frames

Anderson's stellar game followed a strong seven innings from Jon Gray in Tuesday's victory and underlined why the Rockies are 3-3 this road trip, despite struggling for offensive consistency before Wednesday. The Rockies will visit Citi Field for three games against the Mets starting Friday night.

"Honestly, [the hitters] did all the work," Anderson said. "They go out and put up an early lead like that, it makes it a lot easier for us to throw up zeros."

The starters have posted a 2.29 ERA during the trip. And in their last eight games, going back to wins in the final two games of their last homestand, the ERA is 1.68 (nine earned runs in 48 1/3 innings).

Video: COL@CHC: Iannetta lifts a solo home run to center

SOUND SMART
Arenado has homered five times off the Cubs this year, tying a Colorado record against the North Siders. Four other Rockies have achieved the feat, most recently Dante Bichette and Larry Walker in 1997.

HE SAID IT
"Facing these three arms, [Jon] Lester, [Kyle] Hendricks and Darvish, they're some of the best in the game. To win a series against those guys means a lot. It's a confidence-booster." -- Arenado

UP NEXT
Can righty German Marquez (1-3, 5.14 ERA), who has alternated strong stretches and rough starts, find consistency on Friday against the Mets? Marquez, who is 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA in his three road starts this season, will face Mets righty Zack Wheeler (2-1, 4.09 ERA) at 5:10 p.m. MT at Citi Field.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter and like his Facebook page.

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