It wasn't an artistic success, just a success, and that's fine with the Cubs.
Before a Mother's Day crowd of 39,155, the Cubs suffered through more physical and mental mistakes than rain delays (three) and were outhit 16 to 11 by the Colorado Rockies.
Aramis Ramirez hit a game-tying home run in the bottom of the 10th inning and Corey Patterson's bases-loaded blast to the base of the wall in right-center in the 13th gave the Cubs a 5-4 victory. They came from behind three times to pull it off.
"At this point," manager Dusty Baker said, "I didn't care if you (a reporter) were up there to get the hit. We just wanted the hit and were all pulling for Corey. There was a lot of energy going out there for Corey."
Patterson was an unlikely hero, having struck out three times, including once with the bases loaded in the sixth inning. He repeatedly looked bad against breaking pitches out of the strike zone from Colorado left-handers but finally got a ball out over the plate from former Cub Jeff Fassero (0-2).
Derrek Lee singled to right to open the 13th and was sacrificed to second by Michael Barrett. Ramon Martinez was walked intentionally, and after pitcher Glendon Rusch sacrificed the runners to second and third, Damian Jackson was walked intentionally to load the bases.
Patterson, who had left a tying run at third in Saturday's loss, shook off his early troubles and the perceived insult of walking a light-hitting leadoff man to get to him and crushed a Fassero fastball into the gap for the win.
"I try not to think in that situation too much because when I start thinking too much up there, I get in trouble," Patterson said. "[The Jackson walk] was maybe disrespect in a way, but after my previous at-bats, if I was on the other side, I probably would have done the same thing.
"Before, I was trying to do too much."
The Cubs needed Ramirez's eighth home run to give Patterson his chance at atonement. Todd Helton put Joe Borowski's first pitch in the 10th inning into the center-field seats before Ramirez crushed a two-out pitch from Shawn Chacon onto Waveland Avenue.
"Aramis was there with the big clutch home run to tie it up, and Corey came through in the 13th," Baker said. "That was a big one, a real big one."
The Cubs survived a dismal start by Sergio Mitre, who gave up 10 hits and a walk through the first four innings but settled down to finish six innings with help from three of the Cubs' four double plays.
Rain delays of 14, 11 and 19 minutes dragged out the afternoon, but the Cubs did their share to prolong the affair.
They ended bases-loaded situations with strikeouts in the fifth and sixth innings, an unusual occurrence for a team that had been hitting .538 with the bases loaded and two outs.
Leading off the bottom of the eighth, with the score 3-3, Lee was hit for the second time. He moved to second on a sacrifice by Barrett. With the count 2-0 on Martinez, Lee took off for a steal of third but failed to locate the ball as Martinez flied out to right. Lee was easily doubled off second.
But all that was erased by Patterson.
"These guys didn't quit and fought down to the last out," Baker said. "But it's good to get this over with."
Cubs 5, Rockies 4, 13 innings