DENVER — Kosuke Fukudome and Derrek Lee homered, leading the Chicago Cubs past Jason Marquis and the Colorado Rockies 6-5 on Saturday night.
The win allowed the Cubs to remain a game behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central and snapped the Rockies' 15-game winning streak over teams from that division.
Ryan Dempster (6-5) ended a four-game road skid for his first win away from Wrigley Field since April 12. He went six innings and give up nine hits. Of the five runs he surrendered, only two were earned.
Dempster also vanquished — to some degree — his demons in Denver. Dempster entered the game 0-2 at Coors Field with a 15.23 ERA in seven appearances.
Angel Guzman and Carlos Marmol pitched scoreless innings, paving the way for Kevin Gregg to pick up his 22nd save in 27 chances with a perfect ninth.
In addition to his ninth homer of the season, Fukudome also added a run-scoring double, while Milton Bradley and Ryan Theriot had RBI singles.
For Jason Marquis, win No. 13 is proving to be quite elusive. Marquis (12-8) failed for a third time to become the first NL pitcher to reach that mark. Adam Wainwright beat him to it, winning his 13th against Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Marquis was knocked around all night, giving up five runs and eight hits over six innings. He also walked a season-high five batters.
The All-Star pitched for the Cubs the last two years before being traded to Colorado in the offseason. Usually, Marquis fares well against former his teams, going 3-1 with a 2.28 ERA coming into the game.
But not this time.
And one of Marquis' biggest nemesis led the way. Lee finished 1-for-2 with a walk against Marquis, bringing his lifetime average against him to .486. Lee's solo homer in the fifth was his 23rd of the season.
Clint Barmes homered for Colorado, while Omar Quintanilla had a two-run single and Brad Hawpe added an RBI base hit.
With two singles, Todd Helton extended his hitting streak to 13 games. He also scored the 1,199th run of his career.
In an attempt to generate more offense, Cubs manager Lou Piniella juggled around the lineup, inserting Theriot into the leadoff spot.
It worked — at least for a night. Theriot finished 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.
Aramis Ramirez's fielding error in the fourth contributed to the Rockies' four-run fourth. He bobbled a grounder right at him, loading the bases. Hawpe followed with an RBI single, while Ian Stewart brought in another run on a fielder's choice.
Quintanilla later laced a two-run single to left with two outs, giving the Rockies a 4-2 lead.
It didn't last.
With the winds beginning to kick up and swirl in the fourth, Marquis lost command of his sinker. After walking Lee, Marquis gave up an RBI double to Fukudome down the line. He then walked three more in the inning, including Dempster with the bases loaded and two outs.
Theriot flew out to center to end the threat.
NOTES: Chicago LHP Ted Lilly (left should inflammation) is scheduled to make a rehab start next week. ... Ramirez left the game in the fifth inning with soreness in his left shoulder. ... Thanks to a rash of injuries, the Cubs have only been able to use their opening day lineup just three times this season. ... The Cubs are now 14-0 since July 1 when collecting at least 10 hits in a game.