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Colorado Routes Cubs in Record Setting Game
DENVER (AP) -- Carlos Gonzalez, Ian Stewart and Dexter Fowler homered and the Colorado Rockies used a record setting 12 run eighth inning to rout the Chicago Cubs 17-2 on Friday night.

Gonzalez had four hits, two in the eighth when the Rockies set a major league record with 11 straight hits in the inning. The Rockies had 13 hits in the inning, a franchise record.

Fowler and Stewart both hit two run homers in the eighth as the Rockies piled up a club-high 12 extra base hits in the game.

The Rockies batted around twice in the inning against relievers Sean Marshall, Andrew Cashner and Brian Schlitter. Troy Tulowitzki had two doubles and three RBIs, Melvin Mora had two hits and Brad Hawpe and Chris Iannetta reached base twice in the inning.

The Cubs reinstated right hander Carlos Zambrano from the restricted list Friday and granted reliever Bob Howry his unconditional release.

Zambrano was suspended June 26, a day after he got into a verbal altercation with teammate Derrick Lee. The two exchanged words in the Cubs dugout after Zambrano was pulled from his start after allowing four runs in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox.

Zambrano was placed on the restricted list June 29. He made one appearance for the Mesa Cubs of the Rookie League and three with Triple A Iowa.

Howry was 0-3 with a 5.66 ERA in 24 appearances after signing with Chicago on May 21.

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