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Story, Schwarber homer as Cubs beat Rockies

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MESA, Ariz. -- The Cubs' Kyle Schwarber socked his first home run of the spring, and the Rockies' Trevor Story hit his fourth, as Chicago rallied for a 4-3 victory over Colorado at Sloan Park on Saturday afternoon.

Home runs in the bottom of the eighth from the Cubs' top two prospects -- Eloy Jimenez, a solo shot, and Ian Happ, a two-run blast -- off Rockies reliever Miguel Castro proved to be the difference.

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MESA, Ariz. -- The Cubs' Kyle Schwarber socked his first home run of the spring, and the Rockies' Trevor Story hit his fourth, as Chicago rallied for a 4-3 victory over Colorado at Sloan Park on Saturday afternoon.

Home runs in the bottom of the eighth from the Cubs' top two prospects -- Eloy Jimenez, a solo shot, and Ian Happ, a two-run blast -- off Rockies reliever Miguel Castro proved to be the difference.

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Schwarber, who hit leadoff and started in left field for manager Joe Maddon, ripped a Tyler Chatwood offering over the right-center-field fence to tie the game with what was his first home run since last Spring Training. He missed most of the 2016 season after injuring his left knee in a collision on April 7.

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Story, who now has five hits in Cactus League play with four of them over the fence, gave the Rockies the lead in the fifth, as he absolutely crushed a Hector Rondon offering to left.

After allowing a leadoff single to Schwarber in the first, Chatwood handled the Cubs the first time through the lineup before Schwarber's blast in the third. The Rockies right-hander lasted four innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out three.

"To have strikeouts, you throw strikes -- you've got to get ahead, and I was able to throw some really good changeups today," Chatwood said. "I had been working on it."

Jon Lester made the start for the Cubs, and he had to deal with some first-inning issues. Rockies leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon greeted him with a double to left-center field, and he scored when No. 2 hitter DJ LeMahieu singled. Lester wound up going three innings, allowing just the one run on four hits while walking one, hitting a batter and striking out four.

"I was glad they let me go that third inning even after the first," Lester said. "That was nice. I threw a lot of heaters, which was good. Hopefully, we build up the arm strength there and get that going."

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Rockies Up Next: Lefty Tyler Anderson will start for the Rockies against the Reds on Sunday at 2:10 p.m. MT. Left-hander Harrison Musgrave, who pitched in Double-A and Triple-A last year and has a shot at a rotation spot, is also set to pitch.

Cubs Up Next: Jake Arrieta will take the mound for the second time this Spring Training, as the Cubs travel across town to meet their Mesa neighbors, the A's, on Sunday at 3:05 p.m. CT. With many regulars in the lineup Saturday, the Sunday game will give them an opportunity for back-to-back games.

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John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JohnSchlegelMLB.

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