DENVER (Ticker) --
is one of the few pitchers who enjoys Coors Field.
Prior struck out seven in seven innings, hit his first career home run and collected a career-high four RBI to lead the
to a 11-7 victory over the
Prior (4-1) has won both of his career starts at hitter-friendly Coors Field, where he owns a 2.08 ERA. He gave up two runs and five hits in this one and helped himself with a solo homer and a three-run double, raising his batting average to .357.
"Just tried to have a good at-bat and got lucky," Prior said. "I consider (myself) a complete player and have good at-bats and make their guy throw more pitches. Hopefully, that helps the rest of the guys down the line when he gets tired."
"He was outstanding," Cubs manager
said. "A lot of poise, a lot of strikes. We were trying to take him as deep as possible because you hate to take your starter out here if he's dealing. Something can happen at any time. We took him about as far as we could take him."
"When you play here at Coors Field, you never feel comfortable," Baker said. "You never know which run is going to be the deciding run. You can't walk anybody, you can't make any errors. I've seen it here many times."
Patterson was 4-for-5 with three RBI and Troy O'Leary drove in two runs.
got a hit in the ninth inning to end an 0-for-13 slump, leaving
as the only Cubs' starter without a hit.
Chicago avoided its first three-game losing streak of the season, while the Rockies dropped their fourth straight. Colorado also had a five-game home winning streak snapped.
Helton's two-run single in the ninth was his 1,000th career hit. He is the fourth player in Colorado history to reach that plateau, joining Walker,
"The kid's been nothing but consistent," Rockies manager
said. "That's just the first of many milestones he's going to knock down. I'm proud of him and happy for him. He works hard, his teammates know what he does. It was good to see him get it at home."
The game was delayed briefly at the start of the ninth inning when fans in left field threw their complimentary seat cushions onto the field.