- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - The Colorado Rockies struggles away from Coors Field continued.

Just don’t blame rookie starter Yohan Flande, who took the loss in Colorado’s 4-1 defeat to the Chicago Cubs on Monday.

“Flande put us in position to win that game and we just couldn’t put together a big inning,” said Rockies manager Walt Weiss, whose team fell to 16-34 on the road this season.

Flande (0-3) gave up just two runs and struck out eight in 6 2-3 innings, but wasn’t quite up to the level of Chicago’s Tsuyoshi Wada (1-1). Each pitcher entered seeking his first major league win.

In his third career start, Wada allowed one run and five hits. It was a far cry from his last outing, when he lasted four innings and gave up five runs in a loss to San Diego.

“Definitely the command was better than last time,” Wada said through a translator. “It’s the second time I pitched in Chicago, so it was a little more relaxed. The last time, I was more excited and anxious about that game.”

The 33-year-old Wada won 107 games over nine seasons in Japan.

“Right now, I’m just really happy that he’s here with us right now, and he had a nice outing whether he was 20 or 33,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said.

Anthony Rizzo drove in two runs to back him.

The Rockies got three of their six hits - all singles - in the sixth, capped by Nolan Arenado’s RBI hit to make it 2-1.

Pedro Strop worked out of a jam in the eighth inning and Hector Rondon worked a perfect ninth for his 13th save in 16 chances.

“It came down to the fact that we couldn’t put a crooked number up there,” Weiss said.

It was the best outing in five career starts for Flande, who credited mixing up his delivery and ability to locate pitches.

“I tried to make a little bit of an adjustment when I went quick to the plate (with a) quick delivery and hold (the ball) a little bit more against those hitters that have a leg kick,” Flande said.

The Cubs got two runs in the fourth. Emilio Bonifacio led off with a single and Arismendy Alcantara doubled, setting up Rizzo’s RBI grounder and Justin Ruggiano’s sacrifice fly.

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