- Associated Press - Thursday, July 31, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - As expected, the Colorado Rockies were inactive before the non-waiver trade deadline Thursday.

During the game, the Rockies were quiet again, too.

Pedro Hernandez pitched admirably in his first start in the major leagues this season, but Cubs counterpart Jake Arrieta was a bit better and Colorado lost 3-1 to the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. The Rockies have lost 11 of their last 15.

Hernandez (0-1) allowed three runs on six hits and two walks in 5 2-3 innings and took some of the burden off an overworked bullpen.

“I tried to keep a good tempo, throw every pitch down in the (strike) zone and get an out,” said Hernandez, who became the 14th Colorado pitcher to start this season, a team record. “I thank the team for the opportunity.”

“Petey did a nice job,” manager Walt Weiss said. “He got us into the sixth (inning) and put us in position to win the game. That’s all we ask for.”

In seven innings, Arrieta (6-2) allowed one run and three hits in his first victory since June 30 at Boston. The 6-foot-4 right-hander has a 1.73 ERA in his last 11 starts, holding opponents to a .162 batting average.

“Arrieta was really good,” Weiss said. “But toward the end of his rope there, we had an opportunity but could never get to him.”

Chicago scored three times in the sixth despite getting one ball out of the infield.

Rookie Arismendy Alcantara sparked the rally with a leadoff smash down the third-base line that Nolan Arenado was unable to handle cleanly. Chris Coghlan then singled off the glove of first baseman Justin Morneau, putting runners on first and second.

Hernandez then walked Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro to force in a run. Justin Ruggiano added a sacrifice fly and Luis Valbuena drove in Rizzo with a grounder to shortstop.

After Arenado’s RBI double cut Chicago’s lead to 3-1 in the seventh, ex-Cub DJ LeMahieu grounded out to kill the bases-loaded threat.

Hector Rondon got three outs for his 14th save in 17 opportunities. He retired three straight after Arenado and Morneau singled to start the ninth.

STILL IN PLAY

The names of Rockies pitchers Jorge De La Rosa and Latrell Hawkins were mentioned most often in trade rumors, but none materialized before the deadline.

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