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Cubs take series opener
Cubs 5, Rockies 3
Mark Prior lowered his ERA to 3.66 after tossing six innings. (Jack Dempsey/AP)
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Simply put, Mark Prior likes to pitch at Coors Field. The righty improved to 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his career at the mile-high launching pad after allowing two runs in six frames, striking out 10. Todd Walker hit his ninth homer and Jeromy Burnitz went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Ryan Dempster earned the save.
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Series at a glance:
TODAY'S WRAPS: August 19, 2005
CHC
Chi Cubs (60-62)
Won 3
Chi Cubs 5, Colorado 3   COL
Colorado (45-77)
Lost 3
August 19, 2005
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Chi Cubs
1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 1   5 10 0
Colorado
0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0   3 6 2
Standings through 8/19/05  |  Gameday  |  Cubs Stats  |  Rockies Stats
Chi CubsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Lawton, LF4000002.267
b-Hairston, PH-LF1000000.261
Walker, 2B3211221.304
Lee, 1B4210102.345
Ramirez, 3B4021112.306
Burnitz, RF5132002.261
Perez, SS3010203.269
Patterson, CF5010017.233
Blanco, C3001012.230
Prior, P3010012.222
Novoa, P0000000.000
a-Macias, PH1000010.292
Wood, P0000000.111
Dempster, P0000000.077
Totals3651056723 

a-Struck out for Novoa in the 8th. b-Grounded out for Lawton in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Prior (2, Acevedo), Burnitz (26, Fuentes).
HR: Walker (9, 5th inning off Kim, B, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Walker 4; Lee; Ramirez 2; Burnitz 4; Perez; Patterson; Prior 2.
RBI: Burnitz 2 (58), Blanco (14), Walker (29), Ramirez (90).
2-out RBI: Burnitz 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Perez; Prior; Patterson 3; Walker.
SF: Blanco.
Team LOB: 11.

BASERUNNING
SB: Lee (14, 2nd base off Kim, B/Ardoin).
PO: Walker (1st base by Ardoin).

 
ColoradoABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gonzalez, 2B5011032.295
Piedra, RF3111111.299
Dohmann, P0000000.000
Fuentes, P0000000.000
Holliday, LF4010022.314
Helton, 1B4000032.303
Atkins, 3B3000120.275
Bigbie, CF3110101.246
Ardoin, C3011021.246
b-Closser, PH-C1000001.230
Quintanilla, SS3110101.229
Kim, B, P0000000.045
Acevedo, P1000010.143
Williams, P0000000.000
Cortes, P0000000.000
a-Sullivan, PH-RF1000010.266
Totals3136341511 

a-Hit a sacrifice bunt for Cortes in the 7th. b-Flied out for Ardoin in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Bigbie (10, Prior).
HR: Piedra (4, 5th inning off Prior, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Gonzalez; Piedra 4; Holliday; Bigbie 2; Ardoin; Quintanilla.
RBI: Ardoin (15), Piedra (10), Gonzalez (28).
2-out RBI: Piedra.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gonzalez 2; Quintanilla.
S: Kim, B; Sullivan.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
E: Atkins (17, throw), Quintanilla (1, fielding).
Outfield assists: Holliday (Patterson at 1st base).
DP: 2 (Ardoin-Helton, Holliday-Helton).
Pickoffs: Ardoin (Walker at 1st base).

 
Chi CubsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Prior (W, 9-4)6.052221013.66
Novoa (H, 6)1.01111203.66
Wood (H, 4)1.00001204.06
Dempster (S, 19)1.00000103.93
 
ColoradoIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kim, B (L, 3-10)4.25445315.43
Acevedo 0.21000006.50
Williams 0.20000107.98
Cortes 1.00000003.47
Dohmann 1.01000108.62
Fuentes 1.03111202.64

WP: Novoa.
IBB: Perez (by Fuentes).
Pitches-strikes: Prior 118-77, Novoa 20-12, Wood 18-12, Dempster 10-7, Kim, B 103-61, Acevedo 10-6, Williams 10-6, Cortes 11-7, Dohmann 12-8, Fuentes 26-15.
Ground outs-fly outs: Prior 6-2, Novoa 1-0, Wood 0-1, Dempster 1-1, Kim, B 3-7, Acevedo 1-1, Williams 0-1, Cortes 2-1, Dohmann 0-2, Fuentes 1-0.
Batters faced: Prior 25, Novoa 5, Wood 4, Dempster 3, Kim, B 24, Acevedo 3, Williams 2, Cortes 4, Dohmann 3, Fuentes 7.
Inherited runners-scored: Acevedo 2-0, Williams 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Tim Tschida. 1B: Ron Kulpa. 2B: Dan Iassogna. 3B: Dale Scott.
Weather: 87 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 4 mph, Out to LF.
T: 3:16.
Att: 30,175.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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