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Houston at Chicago

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Houston (33-68)1000100200490
Chi. Cubs (42-60) «03000001015161

Cubs 5, Astros 4 (10)

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CHICAGO -- Before the game, Jeff Baker and some of his teammates had some laughs about the inability to win three straight games. It almost became a no laughing matter after the Cubs nearly blew another impressive start from Matt Garza.

Baker's pinch-hit game-winning single in the 10th inning helped Chicago complete its first three-game sweep at Wrigley Field in nearly two years as the Cubs beat the Houston Astros 5-4 on Sunday afternoon.

It's Chicago's first three-game winning streak this season.

"We were joking around today, trying to loosen guys up, saying there is no way we can win three," said Baker. "It was big, obviously it's frustrating the year hasn't gone the way we want. To finally to get three together, it's in our division, hopefully we get rolling. Why not four?"

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Marlon Byrd led off the 10th inning with a deep fly ball to right-center. Astros right fielder Hunter Pence was in the area to catch it but apparently lost it in the sun. Byrd ended up on third with a triple.

"Today, my performance was awful. I let everyone down. I never even saw the ball. I saw the ball off the bat. I was running, but it never came out of the sun. I was looking, looking, looking, and I heard it hit the ground. I was trying to get there. I really don't know what I could have done better on that play because of the sun in my face, but there's no excuse. It's a Major League ballgame," said Pence. "It's not the first time I've made a horrendous play in this outfield. No fly ball is easy here. It's the toughest one I've ever played in.

Astros reliever David Carpenter (0-1) then struck out Geovany Soto, after intentional walks to Tony Campana and Darwin Barney, Baker ended the game with a liner down the left-field line.

Cubs reliever John Grabow (2-0) pitched a scoreless 10th inning to earn the win.

Chicago had to come back after the Cubs bullpen blew another impressive start by Garza. In his third straight start, Garza left after seven innings with the lead only to have it blown by the bullpen.

On Sunday, Garza was done in by reliever Jeff Samardzija. With a 2-1 lead, Samardzija allowed a leadoff walk to Pence in the eighth, then gave up a two-run homer to Carlos Lee to give the Astros a 4-3 lead. Lee has hit 36 home runs in his career against the Cubs with 101 RBI.

"He [Garza] has plenty to show for it. We won a ballgame because he gave us seven great innings," said Cubs manager Mike Quade. "You feel terrible he didn't get the win, but a big part of that win is on him. It ain't going on the stat sheet, but we all know that and he damn well better know it and he does."

Quade gave Garza an option if he wanted to continue pitch in the eighth, but after a long seventh and a pitch count at 107, Garza decided against it.

"Quade gave me the choice after the seventh if I wanted to keep going, being a competitor it is always yeah right out of the gates, but then I sat down and thought about it a little bit before the inning started then I said No. If it's a long inning get someone out there because I will cool off if it is short I will go. Then a pitching change it lengthen it out ... It is what it is," said Garza.

The Cubs rallied in the bottom of the eighth. Byrd led off with a single off Astros reliever Wilton Lopez and he advanced to third on Soto's single. Alfonso Soriano tied the game with a broken-bat single to left.

Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol pitched out of a one-out bases loaded jam in the ninth. He struck out Pence then ended the inning by getting Lee to pop out to center.

Soto and Barney had a pair of RBI doubles for the Cubs, who swept an opponent at home for the first time since taking three straight from Cincinnati on July 24-26, 2009.

The last time the Cubs won three straight overall was at San Diego and Houston on Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2010.

Garza allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings, while striking out nine. He hasn't won since July 27.

Clint Barmes also hit a solo home run for the major-league worst Astros, who have lost seven straight on the road.

Astros starter Jordan Lyles rebounded after a three-run second inning to pitch six innings. The 20-year-old allowed three runs and nine hits while striking out five.

Trailing 1-0 in the second inning, Byrd led off with a double and scored on Soto's double to center field. After Soriano struck out, Barney doubled down the right-field line to score Soto. Garza followed with a single to right to score Barney to give the Cubs a 3-1 lead. It was Garza's first RBI in the majors.

Barmes' first inning home run ended Houston's streak of 27 consecutive hits without an extra base hit. Barmes connected on Garza's 1-1 pitch in the first inning for his sixth of the season.

"We went out there and battled, battled, battled. Lyles kept us in the game and pitched a great game. The bullpen has been great for us. It's one of those situation that seems like nothing goes right, no matter what. Always something is going to happen. It doesn't matter how good we play," said Lee.

Notes

Astros C Carlos Corporan, who left the game after getting hit on the right foot by a pitch on Saturday, suffered a bruise, but isn't expected to miss extended time.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

M. Byrd
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
Chicago

J. Baker
AB 1
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF5030010 .301
Clint Barmes, SS3111122 .254
Hunter Pence, RF4111115 .308
Carlos Lee, LF-1B4112105 .277
Chris Johnson, 3B4010124 .249
Brett Wallace, 1B3000111 .279
    Jason Bourgeois, PR-LF0000000 .350
Matt Downs, 2B4000041 .241
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
   a- Jason Michaels, PH0000100 .211
    David Carpenter, P0000000 .000
Humberto Quintero, C5000012 .252
Jordan Lyles, P1110100 .133
   b- Angel Sanchez, PH1000000 .248
    Enerio Del Rosario, P0000000 .000
    Sergio Escalona, P0000000 .000
    Jose Altuve, 2B1010000 .308
Totals35494712  
a-was walked intentionally for Lopez in the 10th
b-grounded out for Lyles in the 7th
Batting
HR - Clint Barmes (6, Garza), Carlos Lee (8, Samardzija)
SH - Clint Barmes (2), Jason Bourgeois (1)
RBI - Clint Barmes (19), Hunter Pence (62), Carlos Lee 2 (53)
CS - Jason Bourgeois (5, 2nd base by Lopez/Soto)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Barmes-Wallace, Quintero-Barmes
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jordan Lyles 6933150 4.55
Enerio Del Rosario 0.2100000 4.15
Sergio Escalona 0.1000010 2.84
Wilton Lopez (BS,5) 2411020 2.85
David Carpenter (L,0-1) 0.1211210 3.00
IBB - Campana by David Carpenter, by Barney
Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Lyles 96-62, Enerio Del Rosario 8-6, Sergio Escalona 7-4, Wilton Lopez 36-23, David Carpenter 23-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Lyles 4-8, Enerio Del Rosario 1-1, Wilton Lopez 1-2
Batters Faced - Jordan Lyles 27, Enerio Del Rosario 3, Sergio Escalona 1, Wilton Lopez 9, David Carpenter 5
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kosuke Fukudome, RF4010123 .272
Starlin Castro, SS5020005 .302
Aramis Ramirez, 3B5010002 .299
Carlos Pena, 1B5000033 .221
Marlon Byrd, CF5340000 .314
Geovany Soto, C5131012 .245
Alfonso Soriano, LF4011022 .250
    Tony Campana, PR-LF0000100 .259
Darwin Barney, 2B4121102 .299
Matt Garza, P3011012 .051
    Jeff Samardzija, P0000000 .000
    Rodrigo Lopez, P0000000 .111
   a- Blake DeWitt, PH1000002 .264
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
   b- Jeff Baker, PH1011000 .292
Totals42516539  
a-flied out for Lopez in the 8th
b-singled for Grabow in the 10th
Batting
2B - Marlon Byrd (12, Lyles), Geovany Soto (17, Lyles), Darwin Barney (14, Lyles)
3B - Marlon Byrd (2, Carpenter)
RBI - Geovany Soto (27), Alfonso Soriano (43), Darwin Barney (34), Matt Garza (1), Jeff Baker (19)
CS - Starlin Castro (3, 2nd base by Lopez/Quintero)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Barney-Castro-Pena
E - Tony Campana (1, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Garza 7522391 3.72
Jeff Samardzija (BS,1) 0.1122211 3.54
Rodrigo Lopez 0.2000010 3.49
Carlos Marmol 1200110 3.50
John Grabow (W,2-0) 1100100 5.19
IBB - Barmes by Carlos Marmol, Michaels by John Grabow
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 107-67, Jeff Samardzija 21-10, Rodrigo Lopez 5-3, Carlos Marmol 19-11, John Grabow 11-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 8-4, Carlos Marmol 1-1, John Grabow 2-0
Batters Faced - Matt Garza 29, Jeff Samardzija 4, Rodrigo Lopez 1, Carlos Marmol 6, John Grabow 4
Game Information
Attendance - 40406
Game Time - 3:28
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor