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Ezequiel Tovar goes 3-for-3, Dakota Hudson debuts

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Rockies 10, Cubs 9
Thursday at Sloan Park

On the mound: Right-hander Dakota Hudson, pegged as Colorado’s No. 4 starter, pitched his first game in a Rockies uniform. Hudson worked his way through a scoreless first inning, allowing one hit, walking two and striking out one. … Right-hander Peter Lamber, competing for the final spot in the rotation, worked two innings, giving up two runs on two hits with one walk and two strikeouts. … Rockies pitchers combined for 11 strikeouts.

At the plate: Shortstop Ezequiel Tovar, hitting leadoff, had a big day for the Rockies. He went 3-for-3, singling off Cubs lefty starter Drew Smyly in the first, blasted a solo homer off Smyly in the third and doubled in the fifth off Daniel Palencia. Tovar is hitting .556 with a 1.556 OPS in the early going in the Cactus League. … Elehuris Montero, who’s on the roster bubble and out of options, is making a strong push. Starting at first base, he hit 2-for-3 and launched his second homer of spring, a two-run shot off Palencia in the fifth. … All told, the Rockies wrapped out 18 hits.

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