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CHICAGO -- Derrek Lee is starting to get some much-needed help in the middle of the Chicago Cubs lineup.
Aramis Ramirez had three hits, including a homer and four RBI, in the Cubs' 11-6 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.
Batting in front of Ramirez, Lee went 3-for-4 and scored three runs from the No. 3 spot. Jeromy Burnitz, who hit sixth Sunday, added a three-run homer in a five-run, sixth-inning rally that put the Cubs ahead for good. He also drove in a run with a groundout.
"The last couple of days have been pretty good and I put the ball on the bat," said Ramirez, who also hit a two-run homer on Saturday. "The big guy (Lee) has been carrying us for a while. It's time for somebody else to step up to."
Ramirez has been hampered by a sore groin and back this season. But he was 7-for-17 as the Cubs took three of four games from the Rockies.
"I knew he was going to hit sooner or later," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "He's starting to come alive, see the ball better and see better pitches. I'm just glad to see it happening."
Todd Walker had his first career pinch-hit homer for the Cubs, who at 24-24 climbed back to .500 for the first time since May 1.
The Rockies kept Lee, the NL leader with 16 home runs, in the park, but not off the bases. Lee, who hit two homers on both Friday and Saturday, had three singles, a walk and an RBI. He has eight hits in his last 10 at-bats.
"Home runs are accidents," Lee said. "I swing and try to hit the ball hard. Today, I didn't get anything in there, but I'm happy with the singles.
"Guys are starting to swing the bats well," he added. "That's when pitchers start feeling pressure and when they make mistakes. If we get our 2-3-4 guys swinging the bats good at one time, we can be dangerous."
The Cubs' No. 2 hitter, Neifi Perez, added three singles. Chicago had 15 hits.
Roberto Novoa (1-1) got the win in relief of starter Sergio Mitre, although he pitched just two-thirds of an inning and gave up a hit and two walks.
Colorado's Luis Gonzalez had a solo homer and a two-run single. His bases-loaded single in the sixth gave the Rockies a 6-5 lead, but the Cubs answered with five in their half of the inning. Lee and Ramirez singled in runs before Burnitz lofted his three-run shot to left.
Preston Wilson also hit a homer, his third in the four-games series, and J.D. Closser added a two-run shot as the Rockies lost on the road for the 23rd time in 27 games.
Neither starter, Mitre or Colorado's Jeff Francis, was able to retire the side in order in any inning.
Francis allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings. Mitre gave up six runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Marcos Carvajal (0-2) was charged with four runs and three hits while getting just one out in the sixth.
"This is a ballgame we let get away," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "We haven't hit when we pitched well. We score some runs, then we don't pitch very well. It's kind of like being a hitter who's behind the fastball and ahead of the breaking stuff."
Closser gave the Rockies a 2-0 lead in the second with his homer. The Cubs cut it to 2-1 in the bottom of the inning on doubles by Jason Dubois and Corey Patterson.
Gonzalez made it 3-1 in the third with his solo shot. The Cubs tied it 3-all in the bottom of the inning on Ramirez's double and Burnitz's groundout.
Colorado regained the lead on Wilson's homer in the fifth. Ramirez put the Cubs back in front 5-4 in the bottom of the inning when he homered to left after Lee walked.
Rockies INF Todd Helton snapped an 0-for-16 slump with a line single in the first. It was his first hit in the four-game series. He still has just three hits in his last 46 at-bats. ... RHP Jon Leicester arrived in time for Sunday's game after being recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Sunday. In 13 innings at Iowa, Leicester was 0-1 with a 3.46 ERA. This is Leicester's third stint with the Cubs this season. In six appearances and nine innings, he's 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA. ... Sunday's crowd of 40,322 was the largest this season at Wrigley Field.
|Players of the Game|
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|Clint Barmes, SS||5||0||0||0||0||0||4||.326|
|Luis Gonzalez, 2B||5||1||2||3||0||0||0||.306|
|Todd Helton, 1B||4||0||1||0||1||0||0||.265|
|Preston Wilson, CF||4||1||2||1||1||2||3||.259|
|Bradley Hawpe, RF||5||0||0||0||0||3||3||.290|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.280|
|Desi Relaford, 3B||4||1||2||0||0||1||2||.304|
|J.D. Closser, C||4||2||2||2||0||0||2||.182|
|Jeff Francis, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.048|
|a- Dustan Mohr, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.207|
|Marcos Carvajal, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jose Acevedo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Cory Sullivan, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.291|
|Jay Witasick, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-walked for Francis in the 6th|
|b-struck out for Acevedo in the 8th|
|2B - Preston Wilson (10, Mitre)|
|HR - Luis Gonzalez (3, Mitre), Preston Wilson (7, Mitre), J.D. Closser (1, Mitre)|
|RBI - Luis Gonzalez 3 (10), Preston Wilson (28), J.D. Closser 2 (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Luis Gonzalez 2 (3), Preston Wilson (12)|
|SB - Matt Holliday (5, 2nd base off Borowski/Barrett), Desi Relaford (2, 2nd base off Mitre/Barrett)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|E - J.D. Closser (2, Wild throw)|
|Marcos Carvajal (BS,1; L,0-2)||0.1||3||4||4||1||1||0||3.86|
|IBB - Dubois by Jeff Francis|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 86-56, Marcos Carvajal 21-10, Jose Acevedo 35-22, Jay Witasick 14-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 6-6, Jose Acevedo 1-3, Jay Witasick 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 26, Marcos Carvajal 5, Jose Acevedo 8, Jay Witasick 3|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B||4||1||1||0||1||1||1||.263|
|Neifi Perez, SS||5||2||3||0||0||1||2||.307|
|Derrek Lee, 1B||4||3||3||1||1||0||1||.366|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||5||2||3||4||0||1||1||.244|
|Jason Dubois, LF||4||1||1||0||1||1||2||.259|
|Will Ohman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jeromy Burnitz, RF||5||1||2||4||0||1||1||.266|
|Corey Patterson, CF||4||0||1||1||0||0||3||.274|
|Michael Barrett, C||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.278|
|Sergio Mitre, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Roberto Novoa, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Enrique Wilson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Joe Borowski, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Todd Walker, PH||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.333|
|Michael Wuertz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Todd Hollandsworth, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.204|
|a-struck out for Novoa in the 6th|
|b-homered for Borowski in the 7th|
|2B - Aramis Ramirez (12, Francis), Jason Dubois (8, Francis), Corey Patterson (4, Francis)|
|HR - Aramis Ramirez (9, Francis), Jeromy Burnitz (8, Acevedo), Todd Walker (1, Acevedo)|
|SH - Sergio Mitre (1)|
|RBI - Derrek Lee (46), Aramis Ramirez 4 (25), Jeromy Burnitz 4 (30), Corey Patterson (19), Todd Walker (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jeromy Burnitz 3 (11)|
|SB - Derrek Lee (9, 3rd base off Francis/Closser)|
|CS - Jerry Hairston Jr. (6, 2nd base by Francis/Closser)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Roberto Novoa (BS,1; W,1-1)||0.2||1||0||0||2||1||0||5.40|
|IBB - Helton by Roberto Novoa|
|Pitches-Strikes - Sergio Mitre 87-54, Roberto Novoa 16-7, Joe Borowski 18-11, Michael Wuertz 12-9, Will Ohman 16-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sergio Mitre 10-5, Joe Borowski 1-0, Michael Wuertz 1-1, Will Ohman 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Sergio Mitre 26, Roberto Novoa 5, Joe Borowski 4, Michael Wuertz 3, Will Ohman 3|
|Attendance - 40322|
|Game Time - 2:52|
|Temperature - 60|
|Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Mike Reilly|