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MIA@COL: Pomeranz induces inning-ending double play

The Cubs have the comfort of playing at home for most of the next month.

Starting Friday with the opener of a three-game series with the Rockies and spanning through Sept. 23, the Cubs have 20 of their next 30 games scheduled at Wrigley Field. That includes this 10-game homestand, which also includes series with the Brewers (four games) and Giants.

The Cubs lost four straight before having the day off on Thursday, when the Rockies wrapped up a four-game sweep of the Mets in New York for their fifth consecutive win.

Right-hander Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.17 ERA) is scheduled for his team-high 25th start of the season Friday, in what would be his first career start against the Rockies. He's pitched well against them in relief: two runs in nine innings and four appearances.

Samardzija has lost three of his last four starts and has a 4.07 ERA in August, but that's following a stellar July, when he went 2-1 with a 1.91 ERA.

Lefty Drew Pomeranz (1-7, 4.87 ERA) is scheduled to go for Colorado. He's 0-4 in seven starts since beating the Nats, 5-1, on July 6. His last four starts have lasted four innings each.

"Pomeranz battled," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "He did not have good command. He was pretty much today throwing strikes with his fastball and fastball only. He did get some balls in on some guys."

Rockies: Injuries sideline pair of regulars
Neither center fielder Dexter Fowler nor shortstop Josh Rutledge was in the Rockies' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon due to to injury.

Fowler had to be helped off the field in the fourth inning on Wednesday after he sprained his ankle going into second base. Fowler was still using crutches on Thursday morning and was listed as day to day. In his place, Tyler Colvin started in center field for the first time since July 3.

Rutledge also is listed as day to day after missing his fourth consecutive start with lingering tightness in his left quad. He was replaced again by Jonathan Herrera on Thursday. Rutledge did contribute a single, when he appeared as a pinch-hitter for the third straight game, but he was replaced by a pinch-runner.

Tracy said Fowler and Rutledge both are likely to avoid the disabled list, with rosters set to expand on Sept. 1.

Cubs: Soriano rests knee before 20-game stretch
Outfielder Alfonso Soriano did not play in a 3-2 loss to the Brewers on Wednesday because of a sore left knee. Soriano has been playing in pain, but with a stretch of 20 straight games and no days off starting Friday, manager Dale Sveum wanted to give Soriano the chance at two straight days of rest -- including Thursday's off-day.

"He's got a pretty good tolerance of pain," Sveum said. "He goes out there every day and those knees aren't feeling too good, but he's been able to go out there and stay healthy. The production since May 15 has been pretty darn good. We have to try to keep him healthy. I haven't been able to give him as many days off as I want to because of the productivity that he's given us and putting him in the middle of the lineup. We don't have that guy to replace him."

Soriano has 15 RBIs in his last 16 games.

• Right-hander Matt Garza was transferred to the 60-day disabled list and is officially done for the year.

Worth noting
• The Cubs have used 16 rookies this season, with 10 making their Major League debut.

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