Houston at Chicago

Chi. Cubs
W: K. Hart (3-1) L: R. Ortiz (3-6)
HR: HOU - C. Lee (17), K. Matsui (4)   CHC - J. Fox (6), M. Bradley (8)

Cubs' Hart beats Astros, then shipped to Pirates

CBSSports.com wire reports

CHICAGO -- Kevin Hart won the game and got traded.

Russ Ortiz lost it and got released.

That was the strange aftermath to the Chicago Cubs' 12-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday.

"It's a little weird, a little different," Hart said while still wearing a Cubs sweat shirt in a mostly empty clubhouse after his former teammates had rushed off to the airport.

Hart won his third consecutive start and moments after the game was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in a five-player deal that landed John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny with the Cubs.

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Ortiz, who gave up nine hits and nine runs in 2 1/3 innings, was put on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.

"It's unfortunate that it didn't work out with Russ," Astros manager Cecil Cooper said.

"He had a few games in there that were pretty good, but just not enough consistency and we need to do that because otherwise you're going to continue to wear your bullpen out and kill them and we can't afford to do that."

Against the Mets five days ago, Ortiz (3-6) yielded five hits and six runs in 4 1/3 innings.

"It just wasn't there, I guess lately. I shouldn't say "I guess." It wasn't there lately," Ortiz said.

"So, they had to make moves that going to help. This team has a very good chance to make the playoffs. So, that had to make a move that was going to help that, not hurt it."

Hart was given big run support in his final appearance with the Cubs. Jake Fox and Milton Bradley hit back-to-back homers to start a five-run third and Kosuke Fukudome and Ryan Theriot had four RBI each.

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The Cubs have won 11 of 14 games since the All-Star break.

"No idea," Hart said when asked if he any inkling he would be dealt.

"I get to hopefully go over there and move into the rotation and never give it up," he added.

Hart gave up six hits and three runs, including homers to Carlos Lee and Kaz Matsui, in his six innings.

"It was not an easy thing to do, knowing that our starting pitcher was probably going in this deal today," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said.

But he said after the game that Hart was "great, he understood."

"I told him that good trades are meant to help both clubs," Hendry added.

The Cubs drove Ortiz out in the five-run third inning that started with consecutive homers from Fox and Bradley. Alfonso Soriano then singled and scored on Mike Fontenot's triple into the right field corner before Koyie Hill's sacrifice fly made it a five-run lead.

After Hart singled and Fukudome doubled him home for a 9-3 lead, Ortiz was replaced.

Fukudome hit a two-run bases-loaded single with two outs in the second and Theriot followed with a two-run double to give the Cubs a 4-1 lead. Fukudome added a run-scoring triple in the seventh and scored on Theriot's RBI grounder for a 12-3 lead. The Cubs beat the Astros 12-0 Wednesday.

Michael Bourn's leadoff double and Matsui's fourth homer quickly cut the lead to 4-3 in the third before the Cubs came up with five in the bottom half.

Lee's 17th homer, a solo shot leading off the second, was his 19th career at Wrigley Field and put the Astros ahead 1-0 in the second.

The Astros then loaded the bases on a single and two hit batsmen before Ortiz hit into an inning-ending double play with Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee making a leaping catch of a high throw from second baseman Mike Fontenot and tagging out the Astros pitcher.


  • Ortiz is 0-5 in his last 10 starts.
  • Fukudome reached base five times.
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Kosuke Fukudome hits a triple in the seventh inning to reach base for the fifth time in the victory.  (AP)
Kosuke Fukudome hits a triple in the seventh inning to reach base for the fifth time in the victory. (AP)

Players of the Game

K. Fukudome
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 0

R. Theriot
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0

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Michael Bourn, CF5110021 .287
Kazuo Matsui, 2B4112111 .253
Miguel Tejada, SS4010011 .327
Carlos Lee, LF3111001 .307
   a- Matt Kata, PH-LF1000000 .200
Geoff Blum, 1B4020010 .273
Hunter Pence, RF3010001 .294
Jeff Keppinger, 3B3000002 .273
Humberto Quintero, C1000210 .222
Russ Ortiz, P1000001 .179
    Tim Byrdak, P1000011 .000
   b- Jason Michaels, PH1000012 .198
    Chris Sampson, P0000000 .000
    Doug Brocail, P0000000 .000
   c- Chris Coste, PH0000100 .246
a-flied out for Lee in the 8th
b-struck out for Byrdak in the 6th
c-walked for Brocail in the 9th
2B - Michael Bourn (18, Hart)
HR - Kazuo Matsui (4, Hart), Carlos Lee (17, Hart)
SH - Jeff Keppinger (6)
RBI - Kazuo Matsui 2 (25), Carlos Lee (63)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Quintero-Matsui
E - Kazuo Matsui 2 (4, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
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Tim Byrdak 2.2211130 3.47
Chris Sampson 2222120 3.91
Doug Brocail 1000120 5.87
IBB - Hill by Russ Ortiz
WP - Chris Sampson (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Russ Ortiz 68-36, Tim Byrdak 42-26, Chris Sampson 41-24, Doug Brocail 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Byrdak 4-1, Chris Sampson 3-2, Doug Brocail 1-0
Batters Faced - Russ Ortiz 19, Tim Byrdak 11, Chris Sampson 10, Doug Brocail 4
Chicago Cubs
Kosuke Fukudome, CF3234200 .274
Ryan Theriot, SS4014011 .292
    Mitch Atkins, P0000000 .000
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
Derrek Lee, 1B4000036 .287
   a- Micah Hoffpauir, PH-1B1000000 .239
Jake Fox, 3B5111021 .313
Milton Bradley, RF4211110 .250
Alfonso Soriano, LF3220200 .254
Mike Fontenot, 2B5221013 .231
Koyie Hill, C3111113 .209
Kevin Hart, P3110015 .222
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .231
   b- Andres Blanco, PH-SS1110000 .233
a-flied out for Lee in the 7th
b-singled for Marshall in the 7th
2B - Kosuke Fukudome (22, Ortiz), Ryan Theriot (19, Ortiz), Alfonso Soriano (22, Ortiz), Mike Fontenot (14, Byrdak)
3B - Kosuke Fukudome (5, Sampson), Mike Fontenot (2, Ortiz)
HR - Jake Fox (6, Ortiz), Milton Bradley (8, Ortiz)
SF - Ryan Theriot (5), Koyie Hill (1)
RBI - Kosuke Fukudome 4 (35), Ryan Theriot 4 (41), Jake Fox (24), Milton Bradley (26), Mike Fontenot (32), Koyie Hill (12)
2-OUT RBI - Kosuke Fukudome 2 (17), Ryan Theriot 2 (19)
CS - Kosuke Fukudome (8, Home by Byrdak/Quintero)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Theriot-Fontenot-Lee, Theriot-Fontenot-Lee
Chicago Cubs
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Sean Marshall 1000110 3.68
Mitch Atkins 1100000 0.00
Kevin Gregg 1000130 3.35
HBP - Pence (by Kevin Hart), Quintero (by Kevin Hart)
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Hart 102-65, Sean Marshall 13-8, Mitch Atkins 13-10, Kevin Gregg 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Hart 4-9, Sean Marshall 1-0, Mitch Atkins 1-2
Batters Faced - Kevin Hart 27, Sean Marshall 3, Mitch Atkins 4, Kevin Gregg 4
Game Information
Attendance - 41524
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Gerry Davis