Chicago at Houston

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Chi. Cubs (75-87)000000000061
Houston (76-86) «02110000x490

Astros 4, Cubs 0

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HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros had so much fun over the last few months of the season that they weren't ready for it to end.

Carlos Lee homered and Tommy Manzella drove in two runs to lead the Astros to a 4-0 win over the Chicago Cubs in their season finale Sunday.

The victory broke a three-game losing streak for the Astros, who matched their run total from the previous three games combined. They went 59-52 since June 1 after going 17-34 through May.

"I wish we had a few more games," manager Brad Mills said.

Nelson Figueroa (7-4) tossed six sharp innings of six-hit ball and struck out a season-high eight. He was pitching on three days' rest after Wandy Rodriguez could not make his scheduled start because of back spasms. He got Houston's last two wins of the year after also pitching six shutout innings in his previous start, a 2-0 win over the Reds on Wednesday.

"It felt great," Figueroa said. "I wanted to go out there and put my best effort out to help the team win and give the fans something to look forward to for next year."

Brandon Lyon worked a perfect ninth to complete the shutout after Fernando Abad and Wilton Lopez combined for two hitless innings.

"It was good to see the bullpen do a great job," Mills said. "That was special to see those guys continue to throw the ball like they have."

Cubs starter Ryan Dempster (15-12) yielded nine hits and three earned runs with seven strikeouts in six innings.

"I just got outpitched," Dempster said. "Figueroa threw the ball really well and pitched deep. It would have been nice to go out on a winning note in the last game of the year, but at the same time it doesn't take away from how we've played down the stretch."

Lee hit his 24th homer, a solo shot to the Crawford Boxes in left field to push Houston's lead to 3-0 in the third. Brett Wallace led off the fourth with his first career triple and scored on a single by Manzella.

Chris Johnson singled and scored on a single by Manzella to make it 1-0 in the first inning. A single by Figueroa and an error by catcher Koyie Hill allowed Humberto Quintero to score later in the inning and put Houston ahead 2-0.

Figueroa retired eight of his first nine batters before walking Blake DeWitt with two outs in the third. Darwin Barney singled after that, but Marlon Byrd, who finished 0 for 4, struck out to end the inning.

The Cubs got consecutive singles by Aramis Ramirez and Xavier Nady with one out in the fifth. Figueroa intentionally walked Hill to load the bases before striking out Dempster to escape the jam.

Chicago took the first two games in Houston and won eight of 12 series after interim manager Mike Quade took over.

"I'm just greedy," Quade said. "You get two, and it's great to win a series, but you'd like to come out and win for the club, win for Demp and all the rest of them. I wish we had done a little more offensively. But Figueroa pitched great."

Notes

An emotional Geoff Blum said after the game that the Astros will not pick up his option for 2011. ... Houston RHP Jeff Fulchino is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on inflamed tissue in his right elbow Monday. ... Astros LHP Tim Byrdak has a sports hernia and will be examined Oct. 12 to see if surgery is needed. If it is, it will be done on Oct. 14. ... SS Starlin Castro was out of the lineup after improving his batting average to .300 on Saturday. He is the first Cubs rookie to finish a season with a .300 average since Bill Madlock hit .313 in 1974. ... Houston center fielder Michael Bourn missed his 13th straight game with a strained right oblique muscle.

 
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Players of the Game
Houston

N. Figueroa
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 2
K 8
Houston

C. Lee
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Blake DeWitt, 2B3000111 .261
Darwin Barney, SS4020001 .241
Marlon Byrd, CF4000034 .293
    Thomas Diamond, P0000000 .000
    Marcos Mateo, P0000000 .000
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3000011 .241
    Bobby Scales, 3B1000000 .308
Xavier Nady, 1B4020020 .256
Alfonso Soriano, LF4020010 .258
Brad Snyder, RF4000012 .185
Koyie Hill, C3000101 .214
Ryan Dempster, P2000023 .136
   a- Jeff Baker, PH0000100 .272
    Sam Fuld, CF1000010 .143
Totals33060312  
a-walked for Dempster in the 7th
Batting
2B - Darwin Barney (4, Figueroa)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Barney-DeWitt-Nady
E - Koyie Hill (4, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Dempster (L,15-12) 6943171 3.85
Thomas Diamond 1000010 6.83
Marcos Mateo 0.1000110 5.82
Sean Marshall 0.2000010 2.65
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Dempster 124-77, Thomas Diamond 15-12, Marcos Mateo 7-3, Sean Marshall 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Dempster 5-5, Sean Marshall 1-0
Batters Faced - Ryan Dempster 27, Thomas Diamond 3, Marcos Mateo 2, Sean Marshall 2
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Bogusevic, CF-LF4000043 .179
Jeff Keppinger, 2B4010000 .288
Hunter Pence, RF4000021 .282
Carlos Lee, LF3121100 .246
    Jason Bourgeois, PR-CF0000000 .220
Chris Johnson, 3B4110012 .308
Brett Wallace, 1B4110022 .222
Humberto Quintero, C4110012 .234
Tommy Manzella, SS2022100 .225
Nelson Figueroa, P1010000 .235
   a- Jason Michaels, PH1000001 .253
    Fernando Abad, P0000000 .000
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
Totals31493210  
a-flied out for Figueroa in the 6th
Batting
3B - Brett Wallace (1, Dempster)
HR - Carlos Lee (24, Dempster)
SH - Nelson Figueroa (5)
RBI - Carlos Lee (89), Tommy Manzella 2 (21)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Lee (40), Tommy Manzella (13)
SB - Jason Bourgeois (12, 2nd base off Marshall/Hill)
Team LOB - 6
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Nelson Figueroa (W,7-4) 6600280 3.29
Fernando Abad 0.2000100 2.84
Wilton Lopez 1.1000030 2.96
Brandon Lyon 1000010 3.12
IBB - Hill by Nelson Figueroa
Pitches-Strikes - Nelson Figueroa 103-70, Fernando Abad 14-8, Wilton Lopez 17-13, Brandon Lyon 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nelson Figueroa 7-3, Wilton Lopez 1-0
Batters Faced - Nelson Figueroa 26, Fernando Abad 3, Wilton Lopez 4, Brandon Lyon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 31105
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - David Rackley, Third Base - Lance Barrett