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Rockies use record-setting 12-run eighth to rout Cubs

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DENVER -- Leading 5-2, the Colorado Rockies were looking for an insurance run with two outs in the eighth. Fourteen batters later they were comfortably ahead.

Carlos Gonzalez, Ian Stewart and Dexter Fowler homered and Colorado used a record-setting 12-run eighth inning to rout the Chicago Cubs 17-2 on Friday night.

"I'd never seen an inning like that," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "We had two outs and two strikes on a hitter and they score 12 runs. I'd never seen an inning like that."

Gonzalez had four hits, two in the eighth when the Rockies set a major-league record with 11 straight hits in the inning. The Rockies had 13 hits in the inning, a franchise record.

Fowler and Stewart both hit two-run homers in the eighth as the Rockies piled up a club-high 12 extra base hits in the game.

"That was pretty impressive. There was really nothing flukey to it," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "Every ball that got hit was barreled up and hit about as hard as you'd like to see a baseball be hit."

The Rockies batted around twice in the inning against relievers Sean Marshall, Andrew Cashner and Brian Schlitter. Troy Tulowitzki had two doubles and three RBI, Clint Barmes and Melvin Mora also had two hits and Brad Hawpe and Chris Iannetta reached base twice in the inning.

Every batter got at least one hit in the eighth.

"It was dumbfounding as for us as it was people to watch the game," said Marshall, who gave up five runs in the inning. "You hate to be on the receiving end. I don't think it's going to happen again."

It was a welcome explosion for a Colorado offense that has struggled of late. In the last four games of their losing streak that reached nine Wednesday, the Rockies scored 11 combined runs -- or one less than they did in the eighth inning Friday.

"It's crazy. All the offense coming together when we've been slumping is a blessing," Fowler said.

Jeff Francis (4-3) had his second straight quality start in picking up just his second win since June 13. He gave up two runs and four hits, struck out five and walked one in six innings.

The Cubs have lost three straight and four of five.

"We've getting our lumps lately," Piniella said. "We've been giving up runs in bunches."

The Rockies got to starter Ryan Dempster (8-8) in the third. With one out Francis singled to center, Fowler hit a ground-rule double to center and Seth Smith doubled to score both runners.

Dempster struck out Gonzalez but then walked three consecutive batters to allow Smith to score and make it 3-0.

The Rockies padded the lead in the fifth. Gonzalez led off with his 20th home run, Tulowitzki singled and Hawpe and Iannetta walked to load the bases with no outs.

James Russell relieved Dempster and gave up an RBI single to Stewart to make it 5-0. Russell retired the next three batters to end the rally.

Dempster allowed five runs and seven hits, struck out five and walked five in four-plus innings.

"I wasn't aggressive. It was embarrassing," Dempster said. "I would rather have given up the 11-straight hits than to not be aggressive."

The Cubs got two back in the sixth off Francis. Jeff Baker led off with a single, Tyler Colvin tripled and then scored on Derrek Lee's groundout to make it 5-2.

Notes

  • The Cubs reinstated RHP Carlos Zambrano from the restricted list. Zambrano was placed on the restricted list June 29 after getting into a verbal altercation with teammates during a June 26 game against the White Sox.
  • Piniella will miss the last two games of the series and the opener of the home series with Milwaukee on Monday to attend his uncle's funeral in Tampa. Bench coach Alan Trammell will manage the team in Piniella's absence.
  • Rockies 1B Todd Helton (back stiffness) began a rehab assignment with the Casper Ghosts of the Rookie League.
 
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Dexter Fowler (right) hits a two-run jack in the eighth. It's one of the Rockies 13 hits that inning. (AP)
Dexter Fowler (right) hits a two-run jack in the eighth. It's one of the Rockies 13 hits that inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

C. Gonzalez
AB 6
R 3
H 4
HR 1
RBI 2
Colorado

T. Tulowitzki
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Tyler Colvin, RF3111110 .268
Starlin Castro, SS4000012 .306
Derrek Lee, 1B3001000 .246
   a- Xavier Nady, PH0000100 .223
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3000011 .222
   b- Koyie Hill, PH1000001 .196
Marlon Byrd, CF4010021 .312
Alfonso Soriano, LF3000021 .266
Geovany Soto, C3010011 .287
Ryan Theriot, 2B2000011 .284
    James Russell, P0000000 .000
    Justin Berg, P0000000 .000
   c- Mike Fontenot, PH1000010 .281
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
    Andrew Cashner, P0000000 .000
    Brian Schlitter, P0000000 .000
Ryan Dempster, P1000000 .132
    Jeff Baker, 2B2110010 .242
Totals30242211  
a-walked for Lee in the 9th
b-fouled out for Ramirez in the 9th
c-struck out for Berg in the 8th
Batting
3B - Tyler Colvin (3, Francis)
RBI - Tyler Colvin (38), Derrek Lee (45)
Team LOB - 3
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Dempster (L,8-8) 4755551 3.92
James Russell 2100030 4.06
Justin Berg 1000000 5.01
Sean Marshall 0.2555020 2.53
Andrew Cashner0666002 6.26
Brian Schlitter 0.1211200 12.79
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Dempster 105-64, James Russell 27-20, Justin Berg 13-8, Sean Marshall 22-17, Andrew Cashner 18-11, Brian Schlitter 21-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Dempster 2-5, James Russell 1-2, Justin Berg 1-2
Batters Faced - Ryan Dempster 24, James Russell 7, Justin Berg 3, Sean Marshall 7, Andrew Cashner 6, Brian Schlitter 5
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF6232025 .231
Seth Smith, RF4112021 .287
   a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH-RF2110012 .280
Carlos Gonzalez, LF6342021 .314
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5233111 .311
Brad Hawpe, 1B3112310 .263
Chris Iannetta, C3112300 .219
Ian Stewart, 3B6123006 .255
Clint Barmes, 2B5220003 .254
Jeff Francis, P3110013 .053
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .333
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
   b- Melvin Mora, PH2221000 .266
    Taylor Buchholz, P0000000 .000
Totals45172117710  
a-struck out for Smith in the 8th
b-singled for Betancourt in the 8th
Batting
2B - Dexter Fowler (12, Dempster), Seth Smith (13, Dempster), Carlos Gonzalez (15, Dempster), Troy Tulowitzki 2 (19, Marshall, Schlitter), Brad Hawpe (20, Marshall), Clint Barmes (18, Marshall), Melvin Mora (9, Cashner)
3B - Chris Iannetta (1, Cashner)
HR - Dexter Fowler (3, Cashner), Carlos Gonzalez (20, Dempster), Ian Stewart (15, Cashner)
RBI - Dexter Fowler 2 (15), Seth Smith 2 (45), Carlos Gonzalez 2 (66), Troy Tulowitzki 3 (39), Brad Hawpe 2 (37), Chris Iannetta 2 (17), Ian Stewart 3 (51), Melvin Mora (20)
2-OUT RBI - Dexter Fowler 2 (4), Carlos Gonzalez (16), Troy Tulowitzki 3 (11), Brad Hawpe 2 (11), Chris Iannetta 2 (7), Ian Stewart 2 (26), Melvin Mora (8)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Dexter Fowler 1
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Francis (W,4-3) 6422150 4.44
Matt Belisle (H,13) 1000020 2.53
Rafael Betancourt (H,16) 1000030 4.74
Taylor Buchholz 1000110 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 88-53, Matt Belisle 15-10, Rafael Betancourt 13-10, Taylor Buchholz 18-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 5-7, Matt Belisle 1-0, Taylor Buchholz 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 22, Matt Belisle 3, Rafael Betancourt 3, Taylor Buchholz 4
Game Information
Attendance - 40189
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Jerry Layne