Lake will seek to build on his stellar big league debut and Soriano will attempt to keep his power surge going when the Cubs continue their three-game series Saturday night.
Lake had three hits in his first major league game, including a double on the first pitch he saw. He also stole a base in a 3-1 victory in Friday's series opener.
"Since I've been here, that's the first kid that's come up and looked like a major leaguer, aggressive, aggressive on the bases," manager Dale Sveum said. "He did a great job and swung the bat really nice."
Soriano, meanwhile, hit his 10th homer since June 27, a solo shot in the fourth inning. The win was only the Cubs' fourth in their last 18 games at Coors Field.
Carlos Villanueva (2-5, 3.59 ERA) aims to lead Chicago (43-51) to another win while building on a solid outing before the break. The right-hander, though, took the loss in a 3-2 defeat to St. Louis on July 12.
Villanueva gave up two runs and four hits over six innings in his second start since rejoining the rotation.
"I don't want to say it's like a light switch, but when it comes to (going between starting and relieving) I can adapt real quick," Villanueva said. "I felt good, my arm's been feeling strong. Maybe my time in the bullpen helped me rest it a little bit. Hopefully I can continue to give the boys a chance to win in the second half."
Villanueva, however, struggled mightily in his only start against Colorado (46-51) on May 14. He was tagged for seven runs and a career-high 12 hits in five innings of a 9-4 defeat, prompting his removal from the rotation.
Likewise, the Rockies' Juan Nicasio (5-4, 4.89) performed poorly in his only start against the Cubs, a 9-1 defeat May 13. The right-hander gave up five runs and eight hits over six innings.
Like Villanueva, Nicasio had a strong showing before the break, earning his first victory since May 19. Following a 15-day stint at Triple-A Colorado Springs, he gave up three hits and one walk over seven innings in a 3-0 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 12.
Nicasio was 0-3 with a 6.90 ERA in his previous six major league outings.
"It was a clutch performance," manager Walt Weiss told the team's website. "To shut down a team like that when they are really rolling is very impressive. His fastball was really good, and possibly the best changeup he's had all year."
Carlos Gonzalez , batting .476 in 10 career home games against the Cubs, was a triple shy of the cycle versus Villanueva in the win in May.
Soriano hit a two-run homer and a double against Nicasio in that same series at Wrigley Field.
|Jorge De La Rosa||1||.000||0||0||0||0||1||.000||.000||.000|
|July 15, 2013||Brian Bogusevic||15-Day DL||Left hamstring strain|
|July 08, 2013||Welington Castillo||Day-to-Day||Flu|
|June 30, 2013||Ryan Sweeney||60-Day DL||Fractured left rib|
|June 15, 2013||David DeJesus||15-Day DL||Right shoulder sprain|
|June 14, 2013||David DeJesus||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained right shoulder|
|June 12, 2013||Zach Putnam||60-Day DL||Right elbow soreness|
|July 08, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Sprained finger|
|July 08, 2013||Roy Oswalt||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|July 05, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Upper back strain|
|June 29, 2013||Jorge De La Rosa||Day-to-Day||Left game - left thumb|
|June 26, 2013||Dexter Fowler||15-Day DL||Right wrist soreness|
|June 26, 2013||Dexter Fowler||15-Day DL||Right wrist soreness|
DENVER (AP) -- Todd Helton has conceded some things to age. He knows he still has a lot of baseball left in his near 40-year-old body.
The Colorado Rockies first baseman takes more days off but when he's in the lineup he wants to contribute. He did just that Saturday, getting three hits and reaching base four times to help lead the Rockies past the Chicago Cubs 9-3.
Carlos Gonzalez homered and Troy Tulowitzki , Dexter Fowler and Wilin Rosario had two hits each for a Colorado offense that had scored eight runs in its previous five games.
Luis Valbuena homered and had two RBIs for the Cubs.
The younger players are getting more attention now but Helton showed he can still hit. He held a .320 career average coming into the season but he was hitting 65 points below that entering Saturday.
He is showing signs of his old self of late with 10 hits in his last 20 at-bats. The 2000 NL batting champion hopes his work in the cage will pay off in what is likely his last season.
"It feels good. I feel good at the plate, I feel comfortable, I feel in control," said Helton, who turns 40 in a month. "It doesn't always translate into success. I've tinkered and messed with it and hopefully it works. Hopefully I found something and I can ride it for a while."
Helton's 191st career three-hit game helped the Rockies break out of their slump, at least for one night. They were held to a single run by Jeff Samardzija on Friday night but found their rhythm against Cubs starter Carlos Villanueva for the second time this season.
"It's a team that has given me trouble throughout my career for some reason," Villanueva said. "I don't really look that much into it but today it was strange. I didn't really feel like myself out there."
The Rockies' offense woke up in the bottom of the fourth. Helton started it with a one-out single and scored on a groundout. Juan Nicasio walked to put runners on the corners and Fowler followed with a two-run triple to make it 3-1.
"That was a big hit by Dex," manager Walt Weiss said. "I have a lot of confidence in our offense. I know we've struggled but it's a good offensive club and I stick by that."
Cubs manager Dale Sveum said the walk to Nicasio was the key to the Rockies' fourth inning.
"That kind of changed the game around, walking him on a 3-2 slider," he said. "Then throwing Fowler a 3-2 fastball. It was a little backwards."
Colorado blew it open in the fifth. Gonzalez led off with his NL-leading 26th home run into the second deck above the Rockies' bullpen, and three straight singles made it 5-1 and chased Villanueva.
"That was a good swing," Gonzalez said of his 433-foot homer. "As soon as I hit the ball I knew it was out of the ballpark. I didn't know where it was going to land but I knew I hit it pretty far."
Michael Bowden came on and surrendered an RBI single to Rosario. Charlie Blackmon walked and Fowler hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Helton to make it 7-1.
Helton scored twice and is now needs 26 hits before the end of the season to reach 2,500 for his career.
"When he's healthy he's going to give you good at-bats," Weiss said.
Villanueva (2-6) allowed seven runs on nine hits in four-plus innings. He is winless in his last eight starts and his last victory came in relief against Seattle on June 29.
Nicasio (6-4) allowed one run on three hits in five innings, striking out three and walking two to get his second straight win since being recalled from Triple-A on July 12. He beat Clayton Kershaw last week.
A warm night turned blustery as wind speeds reached 35 mph in the fourth inning. A strong gust coming in from right field helped keep Nate Schierholtz 's drive to the wall from going out in the top of the frame, and food wrappers and plastic bags from the stands littered the field in the bottom of the inning.
"It seemed like it got caught in a little jet stream there, no doubt about it," Sveum said of Schierholtz's out.
The wind wasn't strong enough to hold Valbuena's drive in the third. He crushed a 92 mph fastball into the Rockies bullpen to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. It was his ninth homer of the season.
The Cubs got within 7-3 with single runs in the sixth and seventh, but Tulowitzki added to Colorado's cushion with a two-run double in the eighth.
NOTES: The Rockies placed RHP Rafael Betancourt (appendectomy) on the 15-day DL and recalled RHP Mitchell Boggs from Double-A Tulsa. ... Helton's double was the 578th of his career and ties him with Wade Boggs for 18th on the career list. ... Cubs rookie Junior Lake followed Friday's 3-for-4 debut with a single and a walk Saturday. ... The Rockies will send RHP Tyler Chatwood (5-3) against Chicago's Edwin Jackson (6-10) in Sunday's series finale.