The Rockies got some help from a fan at Wrigley Field in their three-run eighth. Pinch hitter
led off with a foul ball to the left field corner.
tried to make a sliding catch, but a fan reached over the wall and deflected the ball. Alou pointed to the fan, but interference was not called.
walked Sweeney and, after a sacrifice by Ron Belliard, uncorked a wild pitch that sent pinch runner
followed with a single, tying it at 4-4.
called for Guthrie (0-2) to pitch to Helton, who hits lefthanded. Guthrie quickly erased Payton, who was nailed after the lefthander caught him breaking off first base. After Guthrie walked Helton, Baker decided to stick with the lefthander with Wilson at the plate.
"We had a righty warming up for Wilson, but then (lefthanded-hitting)
is next and we stayed with Guthrie," Baker said. "Give them credit for stacking their lineup the way they do with lefty-righty-lefty in the middle."
It turned out to be the wrong move as Wilson, who was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, lofted a first-pitch fastball over the right field wall for his sixth home run.
"It was a pretty tough day for me up to that point," said Wilson, who leads the Rockies with 26 RBI. "I had some strikeouts today, but you have to keep those at-bats that were negative out of your mind. I just feel good about helping the team win the game."
"(Wilson) had struggled all day," Rockies manager
added. "But he was able to keep his compsure and concentration and take a ball out of the ballpark. With the wind blowing in today, that was pretty impressive."
also had a two-run single for the Rockies, who rallied from a 3-0 deficit and snapped a three-game losing streak.
(2-0) pitched two hitless innings for the win and
worked a perfect ninth for his seventh save in eight chances, three of them coming against Chicago.
hit his first major league home run after squandering a 3-0 lead. He pitched six innings and allowed three runs and eight hits while striking out seven.
Most of the damage was done in the third, when the Rockies scored three runs on five hits. Payton and Helton singled with one out, putting runners on the corners. Zambrano struck out Wilson, but Walker followed with an infield hit to score Payton.
Another infield single by former Cub
loaded the bases before Johnson delivered a single to center, tying it at 3-3.
Zambrano led off the fourth with a home run, lining a 2-1 pitch from
into the right-center field bleachers.
"When I saw the ball clear the fence, I got so excited," Zambrano said. "I knew I hit it well, but I wasn't sure it was going to go out. I'm glad it did. That was a great thrill."
However, his homer was wasted when Farnsworth and Guthrie combined to give up three in the eighth. The Cubs' bullpen had converted 6-of-6 save chances before this loss.
"Our bullpen has been great all season," Chicago slugger
said. "You're not going to get the job done every day. This team has been good with dealing with losses. We'll just move on and get over it."
The Cubs scored their first three runs in the second inning off Oliver, who was 3-0 in five career starts against them.