Rockies edge Cubs in 13-inning, wild-card classic

Cubs bullpen workhorse Steve Cishek has pitched the last three days as the Cubs face a loser-out playoff opener Tuesday

He retired all four batters he faced, including going 1-2-3 in a 13th inning that included an overturn on a Rockies-requested review when Cubs leadoff man Terrance Gore had been ruled to have been hit by a pitch.

With the Red Sox, Lester allowed three runs in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series in a loss to the Rays in 2008. Sure, the Colorado Rockies, who hadn't made it past the wild-card game in this decade, slayed the beast that was the Cubs, who ran out of steam and failed to live up to expectations in an uncharacteristically early postseason exit.

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The lefty-lefty pitching rematch that featured big-game Cubs starter Jon Lester against postseason rookie Kyle Freeland on short rest turned into a classic October duel.

The stakes are much higher for Tuesday night's Wild Card Game as the loser of this playoff sees their season end. For lack of a better term, sometimes you need to get your di$% knocked in the dirt to appreciate it where we're at. Lester struck out nine and walked one.

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This will be the fourth time Lester has pitched in a "Win or Go Home" game in his playoff career and his second with the Cubs, although this will be his first start. Three straight soft singles with two outs in the top of the 13th inning. Finally, during the thirteenth, the Rox got the run they needed courtesy of an unlikely hero, third-string catcher Tony Wolters, and then kept the Cubs quiet during their final at-bat. He ran for his star first baseman with the speedy Gore, who promptly swiped second.

Rizzo's spot came up twice more in the game with Gore striking out both times, including leading off a 1-2-3 13.

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