CHICAGO (AP) - Alfonso Soriano hit a game-ending two-run single to give the Chicago Cubs a 10-9 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night, setting off a wild celebration after the Cubs bullpen blew an 8-3 lead in the ninth inning.
Troy Tulowitzki hit a three-run homer for the Rockies, who scored six runs in the ninth.
After Todd Helton doubled in a run with no outs in the ninth off reliever Scott Eyre, Bobby Howry (4-4) was greeted by back-to-back RBI singles from Garrett Atkins and Brad Hawpe. Then Tulowitzki followed with a three-run homer to put the Rockies ahead 9-8. Howry is the closer while Ryan Dempster is unavailable because of a strained oblique muscle.
After Tulowitzki's homer, a fan charged at Howry. The fan was just a few feet from the mound before security guards tackled him.
The Cubs came back in the ninth off Rockies closer Brian Fuentes (0-2) in the ninth to win the game. Mark DeRosa reached on a single, then Rob Bowen followed with a fielder's choice. Koyie Hill hit a pinch-hit single to left, and Ryan Theriot reached on an error by Kaz Matsui. With the bases loaded, Soriano followed with a two-run single, scoring pinch-runner Jacque Jones and Hill, setting off a wild celebration.
Rookie Mike Fontenot went 5-for-5 with two RBIs, Angel Pagan hit a three-run homer for the Cubs.
Derrek Lee added three hits and DeRosa drove in three runs for the Cubs, who were coming off a weekend sweep of the White Sox.
With two outs and nobody on in the first inning, Rockies starter Jeff Francis gave up three straight singles and then a three-run shot to Pagan. DeRosa drove in Lee from second and Pagan followed by hitting Francis' 1-0 pitch into the left-field bleachers to give the Cubs a 4-1 lead. It was Pagan's third of the season.
Francis, who came in the game with a 6-1 record and 1.86 ERA in his last nine starts, gave up his fifth run of the game when Fontenot scored on DeRosa's groundout in the third inning. He allowed six runs and 10 hits in five innings.
Fontenot doubled to left off Francis in the fifth and scored on DeRosa's fielder's choice. Fontenot, who has been a pleasant surprise for Lou Piniella and the Cubs, has hit in eight straight games. He has at least one hit in 15 of his 16 games since being called up from Triple-A Iowa on June 9. Originally in the Baltimore organization, Fontenot was acquired by the Cubs in 2005 as part of the Sammy Sosa deal.
Fontenot has seven straight hits, two shy of Sosa's franchise record from June 30-July 2, 1993.
Cubs starter Jason Marquis allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. He had five strikeouts and walked two. It was Marquis' longest outing since May 24.
Fontenot gave the Cubs an insurance run in the sixth inning with single to right on his fourth hit of the night, driving in Ryan Theriot and giving the Cubs a 7-3 lead. He added a run-scoring double in the eighth.
Francis struck out four and walked two. It was the most runs he allowed since April 21.
Atkins and Hawpe had back-to-back singles in the sixth inning. With two outs, Yorvit Torrealba singled to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Ryan Spilborghs followed with a two-run single, cutting the Cubs lead to 6-3 and chasing Marquis.
Notes: Had the Rockies held the lead, it would have been the third time this season a team came back from five or more runs in the ninth to win a game. The record for a season is four, which has happened five times, most recently in 2005, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. ... Marquis surpassed 1,000 innings pitched in his career. ... Before the game, the Cubs remembered Rod Beck with a moment of silence. He was a reliever for the Cubs in 1998-99. Beck saved 51 games in 1998 for the Cubs, helping them win the NL wild card. Beck was found dead at his home on Saturday. He was 38.
(Copyright 2007. The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
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