DENVER (Ticker) -- Like most hitters,
is making the most of his at-bats at Coors Field.
Johnson homered and drove in four runs to help
notch his first win with the Rockies in a 6-3 victory over the
Johnson is taking advantage of playing in one of baseball's most hitter-friendly parks, batting .367 with three homers and 11 RBI at Coors Field. It is a stark contract to his dismal performance on the road, where he has just one single in 30 at-bats.
The veteran catcher capped a three-run fourth inning with a two-run double and belted a two-run homer off reliever
"I'm really trying to slowly grind at it," he said. "It has definitely been a slow start for me but there's a lot of baseball left and today was a positive for me. I hope I can just continue to plug away and I'm trying the best I can to drive in runs when I get a shot at it."
"He showed up today," Colorado manager
said. "That was a big home run late. He did most of the damage today for us offensively."
Johnson helped batterymate Oliver (1-2), who gave up three runs and five hits in a season-high seven innings. He struck out five and walked three.
"(Oliver) was great today," Johnson said. "Today was one of our better games where we were in sync pretty good."
Chicago could not hold on to a 3-0 lead as starter
(3-2) surrendered four runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings.
"I was feeling good today," he said. "Things happened during the game and I couldn't do anything about it. You have to adjust with the umpires and everything and be in control of the situation."
pitched a great game, but offensively we didn't do much," Cubs first baseman
said. "Oliver pitched a good game and we weren't able to break it open."
Oliver cruised through the first three innings but loaded the bases with one out in the fourth before
followed with a sacrifice fly to give the Cubs a 2-0 lead.
"(Oliver) pitched a very good ball game today. He stayed out of trouble, with the exception of that one inning when he lost his command a little bit," Hurdle said. "He was focused. He kept us in the ball game and gave us a chance to win. It was a good performance by him."
"Most of the time pitchers are going to run into an inning or two where they basically just have to go out there and minimize damage," Oliver said. "If you give up two runs, that's not bad. It still gives your team a chance to win the ball game."
It was the only production from the middle of the Rockies' lineup as Helton, Wilson and Walker combined to got just 1-for-11.
walked, Johnson doubled to deep center field to score both runner and give Colorado a 3-2 lead.
The Cubs tied it on Karros' solo homer with one out in the sixth, but the Rockies reclaimed the lead on
's infield single with two out in the seventh, which chased Zambrano.
Johnson sealed the victory with two outs in the eighth. He followed Hernandez's single by driving the first pitch from Farnsworth over the left-center field fence.
"It feels good, I'll tell you what," Johnson said of his homer. "You go into the ninth inning with a three-run lead rather than a one-run lead. It means a lot for a closer. It gives us a little more room."