Carlos Gonzalez homered twice and finished with a career-high five hits to lead the struggling Colorado Rockies to a 9-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night. Gonzalez was 5 for 5 and fell a triple shy of a cycle, and Eric Young Jr. also homered for the Rockies, who had lost five of their last six. Colorado increased its lead to 5-0 in the third when Gonzalez hit his eighth of the season deep into the right-field bleachers.
His home run in the ninth put the Rockies up 8-3 and gave him nine multi-home run games in his career. Jeff Francis (2-3), winless since April 5, gave up one run and three hits while striking out seven in six innings.
He was 0-3 with an 8.25 ERA over his previous six outings. Carlos Villanueva (1-3) allowed six runs and 12 hits in five innings for the Cubs.