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 15      1   Final
08/10/2002 11:18 pm ET 
 Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Cubs 0 1 4 3 6 1 0 0 0 15 20 1
 Rockies 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
Sosa, Cubs have monster game
By Thomas Harding /

Sammy Sosa rounds second base after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. (David Zalubowski/AP)

Chicago Cubs 15, Colorado Rockies 1
Chicago Cubs
Bellhorn2B 4331101.264
Mueller3B 6221016.258
SosaRF 4339010.304
HermansenRF 1000101.204
McGriff1B 4221000.270
Echevarria1B 2000003.262
AlouLF 5242001.265
GordonP 0000000.000
FarnsworthP 0000000.000
PattersonCF 5120002.264
GonzalezSS 4011102.229
HundleyC 4100004.181
PriorP 3110012.214
a-BorowskiPH-P 1010000.333
BrownLF 1010000.212
a-Singled for Prior in the 7th.
2B: Alou (14, Chacon), Patterson (22, Corey).
HR: Sosa 3 (38, 3rd inning off Chacon, 2 on, 1 out; 4th inning off Chacon, 2 on, 2 out; 5th inning off Corey, 2 on, 2 out), McGriff (25, 3rd inning off Chacon, 0 on, 1 out), Alou 2 (12, 5th inning off Corey, 0 on, 0 out; 6th inning off Cook, 0 on, 0 out).
RBI: Gonzalez (42), Sosa 9 (84), McGriff (82), Alou 2 (44), Bellhorn (40), Mueller (31).
2-out RBI: Sosa 3, Bellhorn, Mueller.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gonzalez, Hundley.
GIDP: Mueller, Hundley, Echevarria.
Team LOB: 7.
E: Alou (2, fielding).
Colorado Rockies
PierreCF 4000033.266
ButlerSS-3B 4010012.276
WalkerRF 2110001.356
CookP 1000000.000
SantosP 0000000.000
b-PaytonPH 1000000.293
MerckerP 0000000.000
Helton1B 3020001.330
UribeSS 1000010.236
Norton3B-1B 4000033.196
CustLF 4001022.143
BennettC 4000011.268
Shumpert2B 2000000.233
ChaconP 1010000.290
CoreyP 0000000.000
a-KaplerPH-RF 2010011.266
a-Struck out for Corey in the 5th. b-Grounded out for Santos in the 8th.
RBI: Cust (4).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Butler, Bennett.
Team LOB: 6.
DP: 3 (Butler-Shumpert-Helton, Uribe-Norton, Chacon-Butler-Helton).
Chicago Cubs
Prior (W, 6-3) 6.05110803.26
Borowski 1.01000102.55
Gordon 1.00000105.06
Farnsworth 1.00000205.70
Colorado Rockies
Chacon (L, 5-9) 4.011880235.52
Corey 1.05660127.62
Cook 2.02110014.50
Santos 1.01001004.50
Mercker 1.01002003.81
WP: Prior.
HBP: Shumpert (by Prior), Bellhorn (by Chacon), Hundley (by Corey).
Pitches-strikes: Prior 86-63, Borowski 14-10, Gordon 10-8, Farnsworth 13-9, Chacon 81-49, Corey 32-16, Cook 34-23, Santos 24-13, Mercker 22-11.
Ground outs-fly outs: Prior 6-4, Borowski 2-0, Gordon 1-1, Farnsworth 1-0, Chacon 8-2, Corey 1-1, Cook 3-3, Santos 0-3, Mercker 2-1.
Batters faced: Prior 24, Borowski 4, Gordon 3, Farnsworth 3, Chacon 22, Corey 9, Cook 8, Santos 5, Mercker 5.
Umpires: HP: Mike Reilly. 1B: Jeff Kellogg. 2B: Jerry Meals. 3B: Eric Cooper.
Weather: 90 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 5 mph, R to L.
T: 3:04.
Att: 45,474.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball and the Office of the Commissioner
DENVER -- Sammy Sosa tied a Major League record with home runs in three consecutive innings and the Chicago Cubs hit six in all en route to a 15-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on Saturday night.

Sosa joined Johnny Mize as the only players ever to hit three or more homers in a game six times. Sosa also became the fifth player to hit homers in three consecutive innings. Each was a three-run shot, and the nine RBIs tied the Cubs' 91-year-old club record.

It is shaping up to be a weekend for homer history throughout baseball. San Francisco's Barry Bonds became the fourth man to reach 600 homers on Friday night.

Moises Alou homered twice and Fred McGriff knocked the other homer for the Cubs, who won for the sixth time in 17 games.

The loss ended Colorado's win streak at four games and its home win streak at eight. But with a sizable Cubs' contingent in the house and the Rockies' fans appreciating baseball when they see it, all among the 45,474 on hand had reason to be happy.

Taking the brunt of the beating for the Rockies was starting pitcher Shawn Chacon (5-9), who allowed eight runs on 11 hits in four innings. Sosa and McGriff went back-to-back against Chacon during the four-run third inning that gave the Cubs a 5-0 lead, and Chacon watched Sosa hit one 490 feet -- the third-longest shot in Coors history -- in the fourth.

Reliever Mark Corey was victim of Alou's first homer and Sosa's third in the fifth.

Colorado rookie Aaron Cook, with the club after impressive work in Double-A and Triple-A, had a not-too-rousing debut. Alou, the first batter he faced, went deep in the sixth.

Cubs starter Mark Prior (6-4) struck out eight in six innings, and has fanned 21 Rockies in two games in less than a week.

Thomas Harding covers the Rockies for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its teams.

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