Colorado (12-15) at Chicago (16-12)

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  • Game info: 3:20 pm EDT Fri May 7, 2004
  • TV: FSCH
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With Derrek Lee finally coming around, the Chicago Cubs look to build some momentum when they host to the Colorado Rockies in the opener of a three-game series at Wrigley Field.

Lee sparked a struggling Cubs offense with a 5-for-5 performance Thursday. He homered and drove in five runs in Chicago’s 11-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The big first baseman raised his batting average 39 points to .295 with the outburst, helping the Cubs avoid a sweep in the opening series of their six-game homestand.

“It was just one of those days, it seemed like every pitch I was looking for was there for me,” Lee said. “I was aggressive with it and got a good swing on them and was able to get some hits.

“You’re not going to be able to go 5-for-5 every day. I don’t think I’d ever gotten five hits before. It was a great day. It was a lot of fun out there.”

The 11-run outburst was also a promising sign for the Cubs, who had managed only 22 runs over their previous nine games, going 3-6 during that span.

The Rockies are also looking to get their offense on track, after scoring just seven runs in losing two of three to the Montreal Expos. Colorado dropped a 3-1 decision to Montreal on Thursday, becoming the first team to lose a series to the Expos this year.

Colorado’s main problem this season has been a familiar one, an inability to win games on the road. The Rockies have lost eight of 12 on the road this season, compared with an 8-7 record at hitter-friendly Coors Field.

Colorado set a franchise record last season by losing 56 road games.

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