DENVER (AP) _ The Chicago Cubs tied their post-1900 record for most runs in a game and came within three of the major league mark, routing the Colorado Rockies 26-7 Friday night.

Chicago began with seven runs in just one-third of an inning off Bret Saberhagen _ his shortest start ever _ and never let up. Even a rain delay of two hours and 45 minutes in the fourth inning, with the Cubs ahead 9-1, could not slow them.

Luis Gonzalez drove in six runs, including a three-run homer in the first inning. Sammy Sosa, who drove in four runs, and Todd Zeile, who drove in three, each had four hits with a home run.

The Cubs matched the modern team record for runs, set Aug. 25, 1922, against Philadelphia. Chicago had 27 hits, one short of its modern record set on July 3, 1945, against Boston.

Chicago holds the all-time record for runs with 36 on June 29, 1987, against Louisville. The post-1900 NL record is 28 by St. Louis on July 6, 1929, against Philadelphia. The major league record is 29 by Boston on June 8, 1950, against St. Louis and by Chicago on April 23, 1955, against Kansas City.

It was the highest-scoring game ever against the Rockies.

Saberhagen (6-6) didn't survive a seven-run first inning in the worst of his 304 starts in the majors. The two-time Cy Young winner gave up five hits, including a bunt single by Brian McRae to start the game, and two walks.

The Cubs led 9-1 when the game was stopped by rain in the fourth. Chicago came back with six runs in the fifth, three more in the sixth, four in the seventh and four in the eighth.

Anthony Young (2-4), the third of six Cubs pitchers, got the win. Chicago starter Kevin Foster drove in two runs.

The Rockies used seven pitchers. Pitcher Bryan Hickerson had a pinch-hit, two-run triple.

Chicago hit seven doubles, two by Scott Servais. Gonzalez had a two-run double and Scott Bullett hit a bases-loaded triple.

Andres Galarraga homered for the Rockies, who had 10 hits.

Notes: Saberhagen lasted two-thirds of an inning on April 15, 1989, for Kansas City in a game at Toronto. ... Rockies outfielder Dante Bichette made his first error in 50 1-3 innings. ... Cubs reliever Mike Perez sustained a bruised right ankle after being struck by a line drive off the bat of Galarraga. ... Mark Grace had his NL-leading 41st double.