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Six-run ninth inning powers Astros by Cubs

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CHICAGO -- Jordan Lyles didn't get the win in his major-league debut, but he certainly made a big splash.

The 20-year-old right-hander pitched seven brilliant innings, but earned a no-decision as the Houston Astros came back to beat the Chicago Cubs 7-3 on Tuesday night.

"That first inning I went out there and got the ball from the third baseman, I just stood on the mound and took it all in," Lyles said. "It's a once in a lifetime type of opportunity and I couldn't ask for anything better."

Lyles committed a throwing error in the eighth which cost him a chance to earn his first big league victory. He scattered five hits and struck out four. He gave up two runs, both in the eighth inning.

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After a Geovany Soto leadoff double in the eighth, Lyles tried to gun down pinch runner Brad Snyder at third on Tyler Colvin's pinch-hit sacrifice bunt. The throw sailed off the tip of third baseman Chris Johnson's glove and into left field, allowing Snyder to score and tie the game at 1-1.

"I had my mind made up that I was going to go to third with it. I just dropped my arm a little bit and it tailed away from [Johnson]."

Darwin Barney doubled off Wilton Lopez after Lyles was pulled to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead. Aramis Ramirez doubled in Barney and finished with three hits -- two doubles.

Lyles was starting in place of the injured Wandy Rodriguez, who is on the 15-day disabled list with swelling in his left elbow.

"He was throwing everything for strikes, keeping guys off-balance, throwing exactly how we saw him throw in spring training," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "He lived up to every expectation of every Astros fan, the management, the organization ... everything."

Cubs closer Carlos Marmol blew his third save of the season, allowing six runs in the ninth inning to send the Cubs to their fourth loss in five games.

Matt Downs' pinch-hit, two-run double tied the game and Michael Bourn singled in the go-ahead run off Marmol (1-2). Hunter Pence added a three-run shot for the Astros.

Downs has four hits and four RBI in 14 plate appearances as a pinch-hitter. He said it wasn't easy to get used to at first, but he's getting the hang of it.

"You get into the game real quick because your adrenaline is running," Downs said. "I've done it enough this year that I'm getting used to it. It's getting easier and easier to be mentally prepared for it."

Pence finished with three hits, extending his hit streak to 12 games. He's hitting .451 (23 for 51) over that span.

Fernando Rodriguez Jr.(1-0) got the final out in the eighth to earn his first career win.

Marmol faced seven batters and recorded just one out, a sacrifice bunt. He hadn't allowed a run in 13 1/3 innings before the blowup.

"It was a bad day. What can you do about it," Marmol said. "They swung at your best pitch [slider] and they hit it."

Brett Wallace led off the fourth inning with a solo homer off Carlos Zambrano to give the Astros a 1-0 lead.

Zambrano settled down to retire the next 11 batters, including six by strikeouts. The streak was broken up by Lyles' first career hit, a soft single under the glove of first baseman Carlos Pena.

Wallace's home run was the lone blemish on Zambrano's outing. The righty allowed seven hits over eight innings and struck out seven.

Lyles ran into trouble in the fifth inning when Blake DeWitt's leadoff pop-up to shallow left field fell to the ground untouched in a moment of miscommunication between shortstop Clint Barmes and left fielder Carlos Lee. DeWitt was credited with a double and advanced to third on a Tony Campana sacrifice bunt.

But the righty promptly struck out Soto and Zambrano to end the threat. Zambrano broke his bat over his knee out of frustration after going down swinging.

Lyles, the youngest active player in the Major Leagues at 20 years and 224 days, surrendered his first hit to Starlin Castro, the second youngest player in the majors. Castro, who turned 21 on March 24, tripled to right field in the first inning but failed to score. Lyles struck out Castro in his next at-bat.

Notes

  • Astros OF Jason Bourgeois (strained left oblique) took live batting practice Tuesday and is scheduled to play rehab games Thursday through Saturday with Triple-A Oklahoma City if all goes well.
  • RHP Brandon Lyon (right biceps tendinitis and rotator tear) is scheduled to throw a simulated game Thursday in San Diego.
  • Cubs RHP Matt Garza (elbow) is doubtful for a return this weekend at St. Louis, as the club initially hoped for. Manager Mike Quade said the team wants to play it safe and give Garza an extra side session. He will be able to start during the Cincinnati series June 6-8.
 
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Cubs' reliever Carlos Marmol leaves the game after blowing his third save of the season. (AP)
Cubs' reliever Carlos Marmol leaves the game after blowing his third save of the season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Houston

H. Pence
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Chicago

C. Zambrano
IP 8.0
H 7
ER 1
BB 0
K 7
 
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF5111021 .270
Clint Barmes, SS4110100 .216
Hunter Pence, RF5133000 .319
Carlos Lee, LF4010002 .251
    Jason Michaels, PR-LF1000000 .143
Jeff Keppinger, 2B5010003 .389
Brett Wallace, 1B5231011 .316
Chris Johnson, 3B4110010 .216
Robinson Cancel, C3000021 .000
   a- Matt Downs, PH1112000 .259
    J.R. Towles, C0000000 .205
Jordan Lyles, P3010012 .333
    Sergio Escalona, P0000000 .000
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Fernando Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   b- Angel Sanchez, PH0000000 .260
    Mark Melancon, P0000000 .000
Totals40713717  
a-doubled for Cancel in the 9th
b-hit a sacrifice bunt for F. Rodriguez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Clint Barmes (6, Zambrano), Chris Johnson (9, Marmol), Matt Downs (6, Marmol)
HR - Hunter Pence (8, Marmol), Brett Wallace (4, Zambrano)
SH - Angel Sanchez (6)
RBI - Michael Bourn (17), Hunter Pence 3 (43), Brett Wallace (17), Matt Downs 2 (13)
SB - Michael Bourn (20, 2nd base off Marmol/Hill)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Jordan Lyles (1, Throwing)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jordan Lyles 7521040 1.29
Sergio Escalona 0.1000000 3.18
Wilton Lopez 0.1211110 2.86
Fernando Rodriguez (W,1-0) 0.1000000 0.00
Mark Melancon 1000000 2.05
IBB - Pena by Wilton Lopez
Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Lyles 92-62, Sergio Escalona 2-1, Wilton Lopez 12-6, Fernando Rodriguez 4-3, Mark Melancon 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Lyles 9-9, Sergio Escalona 1-0, Fernando Rodriguez 1-0, Mark Melancon 3-0
Batters Faced - Jordan Lyles 27, Sergio Escalona 1, Wilton Lopez 4, Fernando Rodriguez 1, Mark Melancon 3
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kosuke Fukudome, RF3000000 .308
Darwin Barney, 2B4111000 .310
Starlin Castro, SS4010021 .318
Carlos Pena, 1B3000101 .217
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4031000 .289
Blake DeWitt, LF4010004 .278
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
Tony Campana, CF3000002 .250
Geovany Soto, C3010012 .225
    Brad Snyder, PR0100000 .000
    Koyie Hill, C1000000 .213
Carlos Zambrano, P2000021 .346
   a- Tyler Colvin, PH-LF1100000 .111
Totals3237215  
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Zambrano in the 8th
Batting
2B - Darwin Barney (7, Lopez), Aramis Ramirez 2 (14, Lyles, Lopez), Blake DeWitt (3, Lyles), Geovany Soto (9, Lyles)
3B - Starlin Castro (5, Lyles)
SH - Kosuke Fukudome (3), Tony Campana (1), Tyler Colvin (1)
RBI - Darwin Barney (25), Aramis Ramirez (19)
2-OUT RBI - Aramis Ramirez (3)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Geovany Soto (4, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carlos Zambrano 8711071 4.23
Carlos Marmol (BS,3; L,1-2) 0.1566101 3.47
Sean Marshall 0.2100000 1.25
WP - Carlos Zambrano (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 111-75, Carlos Marmol 23-14, Sean Marshall 12-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 9-9, Carlos Marmol 1-0, Sean Marshall 2-0
Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 32, Carlos Marmol 7, Sean Marshall 3
Game Information
Attendance - 31178
Game Time - 2:32
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Cory Blaser, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Mike Everitt