Lambert leads Rockies to win over Cubs on debut

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Peter Lambert was brilliant on his MLB debut for the Colorado Rockies on Thursday.

The 22-year-old righty allowed just four hits and one run over seven innings to lead the Rockies to a 3-1 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

He struck out nine and walked one while throwing 95 pitches.

Lambert is the number four prospect in the Colorado organisation, according to MLB Pipeline.

"Stayed calm, stayed under control – I mean, pitched, really pitched," Rockies manager Bud Black said about Lambert after the victory, via "That's what we were saying on the bench. Fastball-change-breaking ball combo, behind the count changeups, high fastballs, fastballs down and away at the knees. It was great."

Lambert also added a single in the third inning.

"I thought I'd go out there and feel the heart pumping at first, but I was all right from the start," Lambert said. "This game will turn on you in a hurry. I just tried to get ahead of the hitters and get out one."

Ian Desmond finished two for four with a run scored and an RBI for Colorado.


Marvellous McNeil

Jeff McNeil was two for two with two RBIs in the New York Mets' 7-3 win over the San Francisco Giants.

Tampa Bay Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud belted two home runs and recorded four RBIs in a 6-1 win over the Detroit Tigers.


Swanson struggles

Dansby Swanson was 0 for four with two strikeouts in the Atlanta Braves' 6-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Adalberto Mondesi went 0 for five and struck out three times in the Kansas City Royals' 7-5 loss to the Boston Red Sox.


Marisnick magic

Jake Marisnick ran a long way to take a catch in the Houston Astros' 8-7, 14-inning win over the Seattle Mariners.

Todd Frazier put the Mets in front.

Thursday's results

New York Mets 7-3 San Francisco Giants
Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 Atlanta Braves
Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 Detroit Tigers
Boston Red Sox 7-5 Kansas City Royals
St Louis Cardinals 3-1 Cincinnati Reds
Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 Miami Marlins
Colorado Rockies 3-1 Chicago Cubs
Houston Astros 8-7 Seattle Mariners
New York Yankees 6-2 Toronto Blue Jays
Minnesota Twins 5-4 Cleveland Indians
Texas Rangers 4-3 Baltimore Orioles
Oakland Athletics 7-4 Los Angeles Angeles
San Diego Padres 5-4 Washington Nationals


Rays at Red Sox

These two American League (AL) East foes will begin a four-game series at Fenway Park on Friday. The Red Sox will send Rick Porcello (4-5, 4.76 ERA) to the mound while the Rays will counter with Yonny Chirinos (6-2, 3.25 ERA).