Ortega walks off Rockies to end Cubs’ skid, make history originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Rafael Ortega strolled out of the batter's box, steady and expressionless as fans craned their necks to see where the ball would fall, only half believing it.
Ortega already knew. But the Cubs outfielder waited until his walk-off home run bounced at the base of the right field video board to toss his bat over his head.
With a two-run shot, Ortega delivered the Cubs’ first home win in almost a month, defeating the Rockies 6-4. The Cubs became the first team in MLB history to end a 13-game home losing streak with a walk-off homer, according to Stats Perform.
The Cubs’ 13-game home skid set a new franchise record at Wrigley Field.
Before Monday, the Cubs’ last home win also was a walk-off, with Javy Báez driving in the game-winner against Cincinnati on July 26.
This is a developing story and will be updated.