Chicago (48-68) at Colorado (57-59)

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  • Game info: 3:05 pm EDT Sun Aug 13, 2006
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The Colorado Rockies have been taking advantage of the Chicago Cubs’ young rotation as they continue to battle for the NL wild card.

They’ll look to finish up a three-game sweep Sunday when they face Carlos Marmol and the Cubs at Coors Field.

The Rockies (57-59) beat the Cubs 8-4 on Saturday to remain 2 1/2 games behind Cincinnati, which tops the wild-card standings. Colorado is in fourth place in the NL West, 3 1/2 games in back of the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Rockies won Friday’s series opener 10-2, picking up 12 hits and three homers in pounding starter Rich Hill, who was making his 12th career start. On Saturday, they got 15 hits and scored seven runs off Angel Guzman, who remained winless in seven career appearances.

Coming into this series, Colorado had scored three runs or less in six straight games, matching a team record.

Matt Holliday hit a three-run, first-inning homer Saturday for the Rockies and finished with four RBIs.

“That’s a big swing of the bat,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “We’ve been through enough situations where we’ve said let’s get our gloves and see if we can hold them, come back in and score some runs, so it’s a big swing of the bat.”

Matt Murton homered and had an RBI single for the Cubs (48-68), who lost their fourth straight despite picking up 13 hits.

Rookie right-hander Marmol (5-5, 5.09 ERA) has made 13 appearances, including 11 starts, this season. He allowed three runs and two homers in 5 1-3 innings of Tuesday’s 6-3 win at Milwaukee.

Marmol bounced back nicely after giving up a career high-tying seven runs in five innings of a 10-2 loss against Arizona on Aug. 3.

“He had a better tempo going, a better arm slot, and release point,” Chicago manager Dusty Baker said. “It made it easier for him to throw strikes. He threw some quality pitches today.”

Marmol has never faced the Rockies, who will counter with Byung-Hyun Kim (7-7, 4.57). Kim allowed three runs and two homers in six innings of Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to the Dodgers.

He had given up just one earned run in 15 2-3 innings in his previous two starts, both victories.

“I don’t feel good today, I didn’t have my stuff tonight,” said Kim, whose 2.75 home ERA in nine starts ranks among the best in the league. “Maybe it was toughness—I don’t want to give up a run.”

Kim is 0-2 with a 3.63 ERA and four saves in 13 career appearances, including two starts, against the Cubs. The defeats came in his starts against them, both of which were last season.

Colorado has won four in a row over Chicago since a 5-3 loss at Coors Field on Aug. 19, 2005.

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Starting Pitchers

C. Mármol Cin vs. B. Kim SF
5-7 Record 8-12
6.08 ERA 5.57
59 K 129
59 BB 61
1.69 WHIP 1.55


Sunday, Aug 13