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Colorado (38-39)0102010015100
Chi. Cubs (37-39) «30104000x8110

Streaking Cubs earns fifth straight win, defeat Rockies

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- When he signed with the Chicago Cubs in the offseason, hometown guy Cliff Floyd envisioned joining a high-powered offense on the North Side.

The last two games at Wrigley Field were what Floyd had in mind.

Floyd hit a two-run homer and the surging Chicago Cubs held off another late Colorado rally to win their fifth straight, 8-5 over the Rockies on Tuesday.

"This is the team we all thought we'd be with in spring training," said Floyd, who is hitting .357 in his last 28 games to boost his average to .310. "I'm just happy things are looking good for us right now and I hope we continue to play good baseball."

Floyd's fourth homer sparked a three-run first inning that put Chicago on top to stay. The Cubs added four runs in the fifth, highlighted by Koyie Hill's two-run double.

"We did a lot of good things out there today," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "We're starting to score more runs, we're starting to get timelier hits and we're starting to make more contact with men in scoring position."

The Rockies have dropped five straight after a torrid run starting in late May that pushed them into the NL West race.

"We've lost five in a row and it's obviously something we have to turn around," said Rockies infielder Jamey Carroll, who drove in three runs. "I'm just hoping we can figure it out as soon as we can and get back to where we had been."

A night earlier, the Cubs led Colorado 8-3 before a ninth inning bullpen collapse gave the Rockies a 9-8 lead. The Cubs won it in the bottom of the inning, 10-9.

The Rockies got it going in the ninth again but couldn't come all the way back against a Cubs bullpen missing injured closer Ryan Dempster.

"We got into a position to do something and we came up short tonight," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.

Cory Sullivan made it 8-5 in the ninth with an RBI single off Carlos Marmol, who struck out Troy Tulowitzki and Matt Holliday after allowing the first three batters to reach. Will Ohman finished it, getting Todd Helton to pop out with runners on first and second for his first career save.

"Two pitches," Ohman said. "It was about as cheap as you can get, but it still counts."

Chicago starter Ted Lilly (6-4) gave back much of Chicago's early lead, with Carroll's two-run double cutting the lead to 4-3 in the fourth. But the left-hander hung in for six innings, allowing four runs and six hits, with five and five strikeouts.

"I definitely didn't have my best stuff," Lilly said. "This was one of those games where you battle, but fortunately some of our guys made unbelievable plays."

"His curveball wasn't as sharp today as I've seen it on other days," Piniella said. "But he battles, and when he had to make some pitches, he did."

Alfonso Soriano led off the first with a single and stolen base and scored on Aramis Ramirez's double. Floyd followed with a shot to right off Rodrigo Lopez (4-1), who left in the fifth and lost for the first time in nine starts. The right-hander gave up eight runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.

"Tonight he wasn't able to make the big pitch," Hurdle said.

With two outs in the fifth and Mike Fontenot on second, Lopez intentionally walked Floyd. Mark DeRosa followed with an RBI single and Hill doubled to make it 7-3. Felix Pie drove in DeRosa with a broken bat single that trickled past Tulowitzki at shortstop.

Carroll, hitting .181 with four RBI going into the game, went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a solo home run.

Soriano doubled to lead off the third and Fontenot followed with an RBI double to deep center, as each player extended his hitting streak to nine games.

Notes

  • The Cubs put Dempster on the 15-day DL with a strained left oblique and transferred RHP Wade Miller to the 60-day DL (back spasms). RHP Billy Petrick was called up from Double-A to shore up the bullpen.
  • Fontenot made his first start at shortstop. He had made 15 starts at second base.
  • Floyd was intentionally walked twice after his home run.
  • Soriano got his 10th outfield assist -- tops in baseball -- and third in the last four games, when he threw out Tulowitzki trying to stretch a single to a double in the third inning.
  • Lilly threw 114 pitches.
  • Carroll started at second in the place of Kaz Matsui, who made a key error in the ninth Monday.
  • Cubs RHP Kerry Wood's bullpen session was postponed because of rain. He is on the 60-day DL with right shoulder tendinitis.
 
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Cliff Floyd's fourth home run of the season gets the Cubs offense started in the first inning.  (AP)
Cliff Floyd's fourth home run of the season gets the Cubs offense started in the first inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

J. Carroll
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Chicago

C. Floyd
AB 1
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF4030110 .313
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5010035 .275
Matt Holliday, LF4000133 .349
Todd Helton, 1B4100115 .321
Garrett Atkins, 3B3110100 .247
Ryan Spilborghs, RF3110100 .292
Chris Iannetta, C4000010 .204
Jamey Carroll, 2B4233001 .200
Rodrigo Lopez, P1000010 .071
    Taylor Buchholz, P1000000 .133
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
   a- Cory Sullivan, PH1011000 .500
Totals345104510  
a-singled for Hawkins in the 9th
Batting
2B - Willy Taveras (8, Wuertz), Jamey Carroll 2 (5, Lilly, Marmol)
HR - Jamey Carroll (1, Lilly)
SH - Rodrigo Lopez (1)
RBI - Jamey Carroll 3 (7), Cory Sullivan (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jamey Carroll (5)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Carroll-Tulowitzki-Helton, Tulowitzki-Carroll-Helton
Colorado Rockies
Rodrigo Lopez (L,4-1) 4.2988411 4.09
Taylor Buchholz 1.1100000 4.76
Jeremy Affeldt 1000020 2.67
LaTroy Hawkins 1100000 3.66
IBB - Floyd by Rodrigo Lopez, by Floyd
WP - Jeremy Affeldt (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Rodrigo Lopez 83-46, Taylor Buchholz 14-9, Jeremy Affeldt 12-7, LaTroy Hawkins 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rodrigo Lopez 7-6, Taylor Buchholz 2-1, Jeremy Affeldt 1-0, LaTroy Hawkins 2-1
Batters Faced - Rodrigo Lopez 27, Taylor Buchholz 4, Jeremy Affeldt 3, LaTroy Hawkins 4
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF5220003 .309
Mike Fontenot, SS4111102 .388
Derrek Lee, 1B4010012 .349
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4111003 .297
Cliff Floyd, RF1212200 .310
   a- Angel Pagan, PH-RF1000010 .286
Mark DeRosa, 2B3111110 .275
Koyie Hill, C4112004 .222
Felix Pie, CF4011000 .227
Ted Lilly, P3010000 .125
    Michael Wuertz, P0000000 .000
   b- Daryle Ward, PH1010000 .326
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
Totals34811843  
a-struck out for Floyd in the 7th
b-singled for Wuertz in the 8th
Batting
2B - Alfonso Soriano (22, Lopez), Mike Fontenot (7, Lopez), Aramis Ramirez (10, Lopez), Koyie Hill (2, Lopez)
HR - Cliff Floyd (4, Lopez)
RBI - Mike Fontenot (12), Aramis Ramirez (42), Cliff Floyd 2 (27), Mark DeRosa (37), Koyie Hill 2 (5), Felix Pie (18)
2-OUT RBI - Aramis Ramirez (16), Cliff Floyd 2 (13), Mark DeRosa (13), Koyie Hill 2 (4), Felix Pie (12)
SB - Alfonso Soriano (10, 2nd base off Lopez/Iannetta), Mike Fontenot (2, 2nd base off Lopez/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alfonso Soriano 1
DP - Ramirez-Lee
Chicago Cubs
Ted Lilly (W,6-4) 6644551 4.03
Michael Wuertz 2100030 3.12
Carlos Marmol 0.2311020 1.35
Will Ohman (S,1) 0.1000000 4.37
WP - Michael Wuertz (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 113-70, Michael Wuertz 26-21, Carlos Marmol 23-14, Will Ohman 2-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 6-5
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 27, Michael Wuertz 7, Carlos Marmol 5, Will Ohman 1
Game Information
Attendance - 40121
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Adam Dowdy, Third Base - Ron Kulpa