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Jones' four RBI power Cubs; Lilly picks up 13th victory

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DENVER -- After scoring five total runs in a three-game series in Houston, all Cubs manager Lou Piniella asked for Thursday night was five or six runs to give his pitcher a chance.

The Chicago offense doubled his request.

Jacque Jones matched a season high with four RBI, and Ted Lilly won for the eighth time in nine decisions as the Cubs romped past the Colorado Rockies 10-2.

"We had a nice, positive meeting before the ballgame, and these young men went out and got it done," Piniella said.

Jones went 4-for-5 and got his 1,300th hit with a single in the first. Jason Kendall had three hits and drove in two runs and Matt Murton homered for the Cubs, who had lost four in a row and six of their previous seven, averaging 2.7 runs in the losses.

"Tonight was all good," Jones said. "We got some runs in, we got hits, and it was a good game."

Chicago had 16 hits to go with the 10 runs, moving the Cubs within a half game of idle NL Central leader Milwaukee.

"We put some runs on the board early, which is something that we obviously didn't do in the Houston series," Piniella said. "Our pitching did the rest."

Lilly (13-5) allowed two runs and five hits, striking out five and walking five in six innings. He is 8-1 in his last nine starts, allowing just 19 earned runs in 59 innings.

"I got great run support, and guys played great defense," Lilly said of his 127-pitch outing.

Jeff Baker homered for Colorado, which had its three game winning streak snapped. The Rockies had scored 36 runs in their previous three games.

Chicago got an unearned run in the first inning when Ryan Theriot led off the game with a single and moved to third base on an errant pickoff attempt by Ubaldo Jimenez (1-2). Jones followed with an RBI single to center.

The Cubs added three more unearned runs in the second inning, beginning with Kendall's single over second base and a two-out walk to Lilly. Third baseman Garrett Atkins let Theriot's ground ball get past him for an error to score Kendall, and Jones followed with a two-run double to the wall in left.

"The walk to Lilly was the killer," Jimenez said. "I never recovered from that."

Baker hit his third homer of the year in the Colorado second.

Jimenez, who allowed nine runs and nine hits in two-plus innings, didn't retire a batter in Chicago's five-run third inning. He lasted only 4 2-3 innings in his last start, giving up six runs and six hits in a 6-4 loss to Atlanta on Aug. 4.

"We needed better than that from Jimenez," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "He dug us a hole that we couldn't get out of."

Murton homered, Mark DeRosa singled and scored on Mike Fontenot's triple, and Kendall added an RBI single in the third. Felix Pie doubled before Taylor Buchholz replaced Jimenez, and Theriot drove in a run with a deep fly to center. Jones added an RBI single off Buchholz to make it 9-1.

After Kendall tripled in a run in the fourth, the Rockies made it 10-2 on Ryan Spilborghs' sacrifice fly in the fifth inning.

Notes

  • The Cubs are still waiting for the results of tests done on the right wrist of 3B Aramis Ramirez.
  • Murton made only his 21st start of the season.
  • DeRosa played in his 700th game.
  • The crowd roared when Carlos Zambrano pinch-hit for Lilly in the seventh inning.
  • The Rockies transferred RHP Rodrigo Lopez from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL.
 
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Ted Lilly is 8-1 in his last nine starts, yielding 19 earned runs over 59 innings for a 2.90 ERA.  (AP)
Ted Lilly is 8-1 in his last nine starts, yielding 19 earned runs over 59 innings for a 2.90 ERA. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Jones
AB 5
R 0
H 4
HR 0
RBI 4
Chicago

J. Kendall
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Chicago Cubs
Ryan Theriot, SS4221001 .289
Jacque Jones, RF5044011 .260
Derrek Lee, 1B5000024 .316
Matt Murton, LF5111001 .264
Mark DeRosa, 3B5230022 .289
Mike Fontenot, 2B5111002 .299
Jason Kendall, C5232000 .236
Felix Pie, CF5120012 .221
Ted Lilly, P2100102 .148
   a- Carlos Zambrano, PH1000011 .262
    Kerry Wood, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
Totals421016917  
a-struck out for Lilly in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jacque Jones (22, Jimenez), Felix Pie 2 (8, Jimenez, Buchholz)
3B - Mike Fontenot (4, Jimenez), Jason Kendall (1, Buchholz)
HR - Matt Murton (3, Jimenez)
SF - Ryan Theriot (1)
RBI - Ryan Theriot (33), Jacque Jones 4 (37), Matt Murton (12), Mike Fontenot (25), Jason Kendall 2 (28)
2-OUT RBI - Jacque Jones 3 (27), Jason Kendall (13)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Matt Murton 1
Chicago Cubs
Ted Lilly (W,13-5) 6522551 3.51
Kerry Wood 1000220 0.00
Carlos Marmol 1000010 1.64
Bob Howry 1000020 3.81
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 127-72, Kerry Wood 17-8, Carlos Marmol 11-8, Bob Howry 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 7-5, Carlos Marmol 1-1
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 27, Kerry Wood 5, Carlos Marmol 3, Bob Howry 3
Colorado Rockies
Jamey Carroll, 2B4000113 .230
Troy Tulowitzki, SS2000100 .279
   a- Clint Barmes, PH-SS2000021 .091
Matt Holliday, LF2100212 .339
Garrett Atkins, 3B2010211 .284
Ryan Spilborghs, RF3001005 .336
Yorvit Torrealba, C3010001 .280
    Geronimo Gil, C1000010 .000
Jeff Baker, 1B3111110 .221
Cory Sullivan, CF4020010 .333
Ubaldo Jimenez, P0000000 .167
    Taylor Buchholz, P2000012 .143
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
   b- Brad Hawpe, PH1000010 .288
Totals29252710  
a-struck out for Tulowitzki in the 7th
b-struck out for Hawkins in the 9th
Batting
HR - Jeff Baker (3, Lilly)
SF - Ryan Spilborghs (6)
SH - Ubaldo Jimenez (2)
RBI - Ryan Spilborghs (42), Jeff Baker (10)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Carroll-Tulowitzki-Baker
E - Garrett Atkins (11, Misplayed grounder), Ubaldo Jimenez (1, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
Ubaldo Jimenez (L,1-2) 2995121 6.57
Taylor Buchholz 5611030 4.70
Jeremy Affeldt 1100020 2.56
LaTroy Hawkins 1000000 3.75
WP - Taylor Buchholz (2), Jeremy Affeldt (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 61-40, Taylor Buchholz 66-44, Jeremy Affeldt 22-16, LaTroy Hawkins 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 2-3, Taylor Buchholz 6-5, Jeremy Affeldt 1-0, LaTroy Hawkins 3-0
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 17, Taylor Buchholz 20, Jeremy Affeldt 4, LaTroy Hawkins 3
Game Information
Attendance - 40738
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Ed Montague, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Chris Guccione