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Series: Game 3 of 3

Chi Cubs won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, May 7
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Game 2: Saturday, May 8
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Game 3: Sunday, May 9
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Rockies 4

(13-17, 5-10 away)

Cubs 5

(18-13, 10-6 home)

    2:20 PM ET, May 9, 2004

    Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois 

    R H E
    COL - -
    CHC - -

    W: G. Rusch (1-0)

    L: J. Fassero (0-2)

    Cubs-Rockies goes 13, with three rain delays

    CHICAGO (AP) -- On the second try, Corey Patterson foiled the Colorado Rockies' strategy and delivered a game-winning hit for the Chicago Cubs.

    After Colorado intentionally walked Damian Jackson to load the bases and face Patterson in the 13th inning, the Cubs outfielder drove a two-out single to send Chicago to a 5-4 win Sunday.

    "Maybe you know it was disrespect in a way, but my previous at-bats probably if I was on the other side, I would have done the same thing," Patterson said. "I really wasn't swinging the bat really well in the previous three at-bats. Before I was trying to do too much, thinking too much. So I said, 'Forget everything and go up there and pick out a good pitch and drive it.' "

    Derrek Lee singled in the 13th off Jeff Fassero (0-2), moved up on Michael Barrett's sacrifice and after Ramon Martinez was walked intentionally, the Cubs let reliever Glendon Rusch bat because top pinch-hitter Todd Hollandsworth had a sore wrist.

    Rusch dropped down another sacrifice to put runners at second and third before Fassero intentionally walked Jackson to load the bases before Patterson drove the ball to deep right center.

    "Once they sacrificed, you've got a play at every base and you got a lefty on lefty situation," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. Plus, Patterson had already struck out three times and Jackson had homered in the first.

    The strategy worked the first time in the sixth, right after the first of three rain delays. Patterson struck out against lefty Javier Lopez after Jackson had been walked in front of him, loading the bases.

    Jackson, called up from the minors two days ago, spent most of spring training with the Rockies before they released him.

    "It's wild," Jackson said. "I don't know if they thought there was some karma that might hop up and bite them with me being with them in spring training."

    Rusch (1-0) got the win with two scoreless innings.

    Aramis Ramirez hit a two-out homer in the bottom of the 10th off Rockies closer Shawn Chacon to tie it at 4. The Rockies had taken a 4-3 lead in the top of the 10th when Todd Helton homered on Joe Borowski's first pitch.

    "The way we played so hard and came back and got a lead in the 10th, it's huge for us to get the win and put it away. Unfortunately, today I got beat," Chacon said. "I got (Sammy) Sosa and (Moises) Alou and then my mindset was,'OK let's really go after this guy.' It didn't work out."

    Pinch-hitter Tom Goodwin's RBI double off Lopez tied it in the sixth just before the first delay.

    The Cubs threatened in the bottom of the eight after Lee was hit by a Tim Harikkala pitch and moved up on a sacrifice. But when he raced to third on an apparent steal attempt, he was easily doubled up when Martinez flied to right and he couldn't get back.

    Matt Holliday hit an RBI double and later scored on a double-play grounder to give the Rockies a 3-2 lead against Sergio Mitre in the fourth. Mitre gave up 10 hits and three runs in five innings, but was rescued from further damage by three double plays.

    Rockies starter Joe Kennedy, bidding to start 5-0, gave up two first-inning runs and allowed three hits in five innings. He struck out Alou with the bases loaded in the fifth.

    Jackson homered leading off the first in his first start with the Cubs since being brought up from the minors two days ago. Two walks and a sacrifice by Ramirez gave Chicago a 2-1 lead.

    Colorado scored in the first on Aaron Miles' single, a walk to Helton and Jeromy Burnitz's two-out RBI single.

    Game notes

    The game was delayed by rain showers and thunderstorms for 14 minutes in the sixth, 11 minutes in the ninth and 19 minutes before the bottom of the 10th. ... Harikkala pitched two hitless innings and hasn't allowed a hit or a run this season in 10 innings. ... The Cubs turned their biggest of four double plays in the 10th right after Helton's homer. Vinny Castilla doubled, moved to third on a fly ball and then tried to scored as Ramirez was throwing out Holliday on a grounder to third. First baseman Lee then threw home to get Castilla and keep the Rockies lead at a single run. ... Jackson matched his homer total of each of the last two seasons. He hit one in 109 games (161 at-bats) with Boston last year and one in 81 games (245 at-bats) with the Tigers in 2002. ... Chacon has two blown saves in 10 chances.

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