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CHICAGO -- Kosuke Fukudome has endeared himself to Cubs fans with some early season clutch hitting.
Fukudome hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh inning that sent the Wrigley faithful into frenzy, Derrek Lee was 4-for-4 with a home run and two RBI and the Chicago Cubs beat the Houston Astros 9-7 Saturday.
"When the fans in the stands get up and cheer it feels really good and it does give (me) a little charge and little more of a boost," Fukudome said through a translator.
Fukudome, the team's main offseason acquisition from Japan, is 8-for-16 with five RBI. On opening day, he went 3-for-3, hitting a tying, three-run homer in the ninth in a 4-3 loss to the Brewers in extra-innings.
"Oh man, that's a good looking ballplayer right there. (He's) Doing everything for us, getting huge hits, having great at-bats. I get the luxury from watching it from the best seat in the house," said Mark DeRosa, who bats behind Fukudome in the order. "He's doing it all right now."
Ryan Theriot was walked by Oswalt leading off the seventh inning and pinch-hitter Mike Fontenot reached on an infield single. They moved up on Alfonso Soriano's groundout. Theriot scored on Reed Johnson's groundout, then Lee drove in Fontenot with his fourth hit of the game to tie the game at five chasing Oswalt.
"He's a good hitter. I always have problems with him. Lately it seems like he knows what's coming and it's more embarrassing than anything," Oswalt said of Derrek Lee.
Astros reliever Oscar Villarreal walked Aramis Ramirez and Astros manager Cecil Cooper went with left-hander Wesley Wright to face Fukudome. Fukudome worked the count to 3-2, then hit a line-drive double past left fielder Carlos Lee, scoring Derrek Lee and Ramirez.
"He really has an approach that is impressive since he's never seen these pitchers. He is really looking for his pitch and when he gets it he's doing something with it. He's a professional hitter, he really knows what he is doing," Lee said.
DeRosa added an RBI double to give the Cubs an 8-5 lead.
In his second start of the season, Oswalt (0-2) allowed six runs -- five earned -- on 10 hits and couldn't hold onto a 5-2 lead.
"Got to like your chances when you have Roy Oswalt pitching, but they kept fighting and that seventh inning fell apart on us," Astros manager Cecil Cooper said.
Cubs reliever Bob Howry gave up a single to Darin Erstad and a double to Carlos Lee in the eighth inning. Erstad scored on Miguel Tejada's ground out and pinch-hitter Geoff Blum drove in Carlos Lee to cut the score to 8-7.
Johnson hit an RBI single in the ninth to make it 9-7.
In the sixth inning, Erstad, playing in the place of Lance Berkman who left the game with neck spasms, hit an RBI double to right-center. Carlos Lee followed with another double to the warning track in right-center off Cubs starter Jason Marquis giving the Astros a 5-2 lead.
Marquis was shaky in his first start of the season. He pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed five runs -- four earned -- eight hits. He struck out two and allowed one walk.
|Kosuke Fukudome (center) is the toast of Chicago and is batting .500 with five RBI in his first week. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Michael Bourn, CF||5||1||2||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Hunter Pence, RF||5||1||1||0||0||1||1||.185|
|Lance Berkman, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.227|
|Darin Erstad, 1B||2||2||2||1||0||0||0||.400|
|Carlos Lee, LF||4||2||3||2||0||1||0||.280|
|Miguel Tejada, SS||3||1||0||1||1||0||1||.227|
|Ty Wigginton, 3B||3||0||2||0||0||1||1||.250|
|Tomas Perez, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Geoff Blum, PH-3B||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.429|
|Mark Loretta, 2B-3B^2B||4||0||1||1||0||1||3||.222|
|Brad Ausmus, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|Roy Oswalt, P||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Oscar Villarreal, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Wesley Wright, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Geoff Geary, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Doug Brocail, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jose Cruz Jr., PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|a-singled for T. Perez in the 8th|
|b-flied out for Brocail in the 9th|
|2B - Darin Erstad (1, Marquis), Carlos Lee 2 (3, Marquis, Howry)|
|3B - Michael Bourn (1, Hart)|
|HR - Carlos Lee (2, Marquis)|
|RBI - Darin Erstad (1), Carlos Lee 2 (3), Miguel Tejada (3), Geoff Blum (2), Mark Loretta (2)|
|SB - Michael Bourn (4, 2nd base off Marquis/Soto), Hunter Pence (1, 2nd base off Marquis/Soto)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - Michael Bourn 1|
|DP - Loretta-Erstad, Bourn-Wigginton|
|PB - Brad Ausmus (1)|
|E - Ty Wigginton (1, Throwing)|
|Roy Oswalt (L,0-2)||6.2||10||6||5||1||0||1||6.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Roy Oswalt 92-59, Oscar Villarreal 5-1, Wesley Wright 8-5, Geoff Geary 10-3, Doug Brocail 10-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Oswalt 13-6, Doug Brocail 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Roy Oswalt 30, Oscar Villarreal 1, Wesley Wright 1, Geoff Geary 2, Doug Brocail 4|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||5||0||0||0||0||0||1||.045|
|Reed Johnson, CF||5||0||2||2||0||0||0||.500|
|Derrek Lee, 1B||4||3||4||2||0||0||0||.364|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||3||1||0||0||1||0||2||.125|
|Kosuke Fukudome, RF||4||1||2||2||0||0||2||.500|
|Mark DeRosa, 2B||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.375|
|Carlos Marmol, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kerry Wood, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Geovany Soto, C||4||1||1||0||0||1||3||.188|
|Henry Blanco, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Theriot, SS||3||1||0||0||1||1||1||.190|
|Jason Marquis, P||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.500|
|Kevin Hart, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Mike Fontenot, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Bob Howry, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ronny Cedeno, 2B||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.500|
|a-singled for Hart in the 7th|
|2B - Derrek Lee (2, Oswalt), Kosuke Fukudome (3, Wright), Mark DeRosa (2, Geary), Jason Marquis (1, Oswalt)|
|3B - Geovany Soto (1, Oswalt)|
|HR - Derrek Lee (2, Oswalt)|
|RBI - Reed Johnson 2 (2), Derrek Lee 2 (3), Kosuke Fukudome 2 (5), Mark DeRosa (3), Jason Marquis (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Reed Johnson (1), Derrek Lee (1), Kosuke Fukudome 2 (2), Mark DeRosa (1), Jason Marquis (1)|
|CS - Reed Johnson (1, 2nd base by Brocail/Ausmus)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Marquis-Theriot-Lee, Marquis-Theriot-Lee, DeRosa-Theriot-Lee|
|E - Derrek Lee (1, Missed catch of throw)|
|Kevin Hart (W,1-0)||1.2||1||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|Bob Howry (H,1)||0.1||3||2||2||0||0||0||16.88|
|Carlos Marmol (H,1)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.25|
|Kerry Wood (S,2)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||9.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 81-43, Kevin Hart 25-16, Bob Howry 16-10, Carlos Marmol 7-5, Kerry Wood 12-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 9-3, Kevin Hart 1-2, Bob Howry 1-0, Carlos Marmol 1-1, Kerry Wood 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 23, Kevin Hart 6, Bob Howry 4, Carlos Marmol 2, Kerry Wood 3|
|Attendance - 40707|
|Game Time - 2:53|
|Temperature - 57|
|Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Charlie Reliford|