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Surging Cubs capture 8-5 victory

CHICAGO ” Cliff 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.

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.

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.

Corey Sullivan made it 8-5 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 popout with runners on first and second for his first career save.

Chicago starter Ted Lilly let Colorado gave back much of Chicago’s early lead, with Jamey 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.

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.

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 shortstop Tulowitzki.

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

Soriano doubled to lead off the third and Fontenot followed with an RBI double to deep center to extend his hitting streak to nine games, a day after going 5-for-5.

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 sixth outfield assist, 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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