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Marquis stifles Rockies, keeps Cubs on Brewers' heels

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DENVER -- Jason Marquis had heard all the stories about the ways pitchers have attempted to adjust their games to succeed at Coors Field. The Chicago Cubs right-hander wasn't interested in adjusting anything.

Marquis held the Rockies to five hits and added a key double as the Cubs beat the Colorado Rockies 6-2 on Friday night.

"I just try to follow my game plan no matter what stadium I'm pitching in," Marquis said. "I used sinkers down in the zone, and tried to get hitters to hit ground balls."

The Cubs won for the second consecutive night at Coors Field and stayed a half-game behind the NL Central Division leading Milwaukee Brewers, who beat the Houston Astros 5-4 in extra innings.

Marquis (9-7) lasted 6 2/3 innings, allowing only an unearned run. He didn't walk a batter and struck out five to win his first road game since May 2. He was 0-4 in his previous seven road starts since beating the Pirates 7-1 in Pittsburgh.

Marquis had only one disturbing moment in the game. When he hit Colorado's Jeff Baker with two out in the seventh inning.

"I think he was a little shaken up after hitting Baker," Lou Piniella said of Marquis. "It's a shame. I hope the kid is okay."

Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said there was little to report on the Baker's condition.

"Baker was taken to the hospital and was listed as having a mild concussion," Hurdle said. "That's all the information we will provide tonight."

Marquis left the game with two outs in the seventh inning after hitting Jeff Baker above the left eye with a pitch. Baker left the game and Marquis was replaced by Carlos Marmol, who walked pinch-hitter Ryan Spilborghs to load the bases, but fanned Willy Taveras to end the inning.

"I called over and spoke to their assistant trainer to see how Baker was doing," Marquis said. "I asked them to call me tonight when they get the results back, just so that I can rest easy tonight."

The news on the field for Hurdle and the Rockies wasn't any more encouraging.

Jacque Jones went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI. Matt Murton was also 3-for-5, and hit a ninth-inning homer off Manuel Corpas. Jason Kendall went 3-for-4, and provided a two-run single for the Cubs, who arrived in Denver on a four-game losing streak.

"I knew Jones was pretty hot coming in here," Cook said. "I didn't do anything to slow him down."

Jones has nine hits in his last 14 at-bats, and six RBI in his last two games.

The Rockies had been 21-5 at home since June 2, the best mark in baseball during that span, before looking flat in consecutive losses to the Cubs.

The Cubs defeated Aaron Cook (8-7) for the first time in three starts. Cook was roughed up for five runs and eight hits over six innings and lost for the first time in six starts.

He was 3-0 with a 2.31 ERA over his previous five starts and last lost on July 8 against Philadelphia.

The Cubs scored three unearned runs in the third inning to lead 3-0. After Jones reached on a bunt single, first baseman Baker threw the ball into left field attempting to get Jones at second base. One out later Mark DeRosa walked to load the bases, Mike Fontenot drove in a run with a ground ball and Kendall singled to center to score two runs.

Marquis doubled to center to open the fourth inning and scored when Jones doubled to the wall in left to make it 4-0.

Colorado got an unearned run back in its part of the fourth. Matt Holliday reached on DeRosa's error and scored on Troy Tulowitzki's two-out double to left.

Jones hit his third homer of the season, a solo shot into the Rockies bullpen on an 0-1 count in the sixth inning.

"The pitch for the home run to Jones and the pitch to Marquis were the only pitches I would have wanted back," Cook said.

The Rockies loaded the bases against Marmol in the eighth inning on infield singles by Kaz Matsui and Holliday and a walk to Garrett Atkins.

Bob Howry replaced Marmol, and retired Brad Hawpe on a pop out, induced Tulowitzki to hit an RBI groundout, and then retired Yorvit Torrealba on a flyball.

Notes

  • 3B Aramis Ramirez joined the Cubs in Denver on Friday after having his right wrist examined in Chicago.
  • Chicago has at least one extra base hit in 50 of its last 51 games.
  • RHP Rodrigo Lopez will have surgery on Aug. 22 in Los Angeles to repair a torn right flexor tendon.
  • The Rockies had not lost consecutive home games since dropping three in a row May-30-June 1.
  • Murton has four homers on the season, two in the last two games.
 
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Jason Marquis wins his first road game since May 2, yielding just one unearned run over 6 2/3 innings.  (AP)
Jason Marquis wins his first road game since May 2, yielding just one unearned run over 6 2/3 innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Jones
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Chicago

J. Marquis
IP 6.2
H 5
ER 0
BB 0
K 5
 
Chicago Cubs
Ryan Theriot, SS5000013 .285
Jacque Jones, RF5132010 .266
Derrek Lee, 1B4110111 .316
Matt Murton, LF5231001 .275
Mark DeRosa, 3B4100115 .286
Mike Fontenot, 2B4011011 .298
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
   a- Eric Patterson, PH1000000 .250
    Ryan Dempster, P0000000 .000
Jason Kendall, C4032100 .241
Felix Pie, CF4000016 .215
Jason Marquis, P3110022 .170
    Ronny Cedeno, 2B1000000 .128
Totals40612638  
a-grounded out for Howry in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jacque Jones (23, Cook), Jason Marquis (3, Cook)
HR - Jacque Jones (3, Cook), Matt Murton (4, Corpas)
RBI - Jacque Jones 2 (39), Matt Murton (13), Mike Fontenot (26), Jason Kendall 2 (30)
2-OUT RBI - Jacque Jones (28), Jason Kendall 2 (15)
SB - Jacque Jones (3, 2nd base off Julio/Torrealba)
CS - Jason Kendall (2, 2nd base by Corpas/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Theriot-Lee
E - Mark DeRosa 2 (7, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
Jason Marquis (W,9-7) 6.2510050 4.18
Carlos Marmol (H,11) 0.1211210 1.83
Bob Howry (H,11) 1000000 3.75
Ryan Dempster 1000010 3.71
HBP - Baker (by Jason Marquis)
WP - Carlos Marmol (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 89-61, Carlos Marmol 23-11, Bob Howry 12-8, Ryan Dempster 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 11-4, Bob Howry 1-2, Ryan Dempster 1-1
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 26, Carlos Marmol 5, Bob Howry 3, Ryan Dempster 3
Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF4010013 .312
    Jorge Julio, P0000000 .000
    Manuel Corpas, P0000000 .000
   a- Cory Sullivan, PH1000000 .327
Kaz Matsui, 2B4120001 .302
Matt Holliday, LF4110001 .338
Garrett Atkins, 3B-1B3000111 .282
Brad Hawpe, RF4020014 .290
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4012002 .279
Yorvit Torrealba, C4000014 .276
Jeff Baker, 1B2000010 .218
    Jamey Carroll, PR-3B1000000 .229
Aaron Cook, P2000010 .238
    Ryan Speier, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Spilborghs, PH-CF1000110 .333
Totals3427227  
a-grounded out for Corpas in the 9th
b-walked for Speier in the 7th
Batting
2B - Brad Hawpe (23, Marquis), Troy Tulowitzki (17, Marquis)
RBI - Troy Tulowitzki 2 (55)
2-OUT RBI - Troy Tulowitzki (12)
SB - Kaz Matsui (21, 2nd base off Marquis/Kendall)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Jeff Baker (3, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
Aaron Cook (L,8-7) 6852341 4.12
Ryan Speier 1200010 8.44
Jorge Julio 1000020 5.01
Manuel Corpas 1211011 2.32
IBB - Lee by Aaron Cook
WP - Ryan Speier (1), Jorge Julio (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 105-70, Ryan Speier 24-17, Jorge Julio 17-13, Manuel Corpas 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 11-4, Ryan Speier 2-0, Jorge Julio 2-0, Manuel Corpas 1-0
Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 30, Ryan Speier 5, Jorge Julio 4, Manuel Corpas 4
Game Information
Attendance - 41282
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Ed Montague