DENVER (AP) – Matt Holliday and Dustan Mohr hit two-run homers, leading the Colorado Rockies over the Chicago Cubs 9-7 Sunday.

Garrett Atkins had three hits, including a solo homer, for the Rockies. Pinch-hitter Jorge Piedra added a three-run drive in the eighth as Colorado took two of three in the series.

Sunny Kim (2-2) threw two scoreless innings to earn his first win for Colorado.

Greg Maddux (10-10) allowed six runs and eight hits – including three homers – in six innings and failed to get his 316th win. He lost for the first time in six career decisions at Coors Field.

Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez hit back-to-back homers in the ninth for Chicago. Neifi Perez and Jeromy Burnitz added two-run shots.

Colorado took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Todd Helton’s sacrifice fly, and Mohr extended the lead to 3-0 in the fourth with his 15th home run, on an 0-2 count. The homer followed Atkins’ leadoff single to center.

Perez and Burnitz homered and Nomar Garciaparra had an RBI double as the Cubs scored five times in the fifth against Colorado starter Jeff Francis.

Jerry Hairston doubled, and one pitch later Perez homered to left. Lee walked and scored on Garciaparra’s double to right and Burnitz hit a hanging curve on a 2-2 pitch over the scoreboard in right to put Chicago ahead 5-3.

Holliday and Atkins hit back-to-back homers in the Colorado fifth to take a 6-5. Holliday’s came after a two-out double by Helton.

Garciaparra doubled with one-out in the seventh off Kim. Randy Williams replaced Kim, got Burnitz to ground out and fanned Corey Patterson.

Notes: The three-game series drew 96,073. … Cubs SS Garciaparra had two hits and an RBI after missing two games with stiffness in his lower back. … Francis has given up 18 earned runs in 13 innings over his last three starts. … OF Larry Bigbie was held out of the lineup with a sore right Achilles’.

AP-ES-08-21-05 1809EDT


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