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Chicago at Houston

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Chi. Cubs (54-69)200002010590
Houston (39-84) «100000104681

Astros 6, Cubs 5

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HOUSTON -- Mired in their longest losing streak of the year, the Houston Astros were searching for a boost in this miserable season.

They found it on Tuesday night, with pinch hitter Brian Bogusevic hitting his first career grand slam in the ninth inning to propel them to 6-5 win over the Chicago Cubs to break a seven game losing skid.

"It's good for us," Bogusevic said. "We've been struggling a little bit. One of the good parts about being young is you're not going to give up. We're going to fight all nine innings and it doesn't matter if we're down one run or 10 runs, we're going to keep going."

J.B. Shuck singled with one out in the ninth off closer Carlos Marmol (2-4) before advancing to second on a wild pitch. Clint Barmes singled and Matt Downs drew a walk to load the bases and bring up Bogusevic.

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"When you're not sharp sometimes you get beat," Chicago manager Mike Quade said referring to Marmol. "His slider wasn't as good as it usually is, and his fastball command left him."

Bogusevic, who called the hit a "thrill," sped around the bases at first because he wasn't sure he'd hit it out.

"I was [running fast] because I know that I'm the winning run and if it doesn't get out, I've got to get myself into scoring position somewhere," he said. "After I saw it land, I kind of slowed down a little bit to maybe soak it in a little bit."

Houston reliever Aneury Rodriguez (1-4) struck out one in 2/3 innings for his first career win.

Astros' manager Brad Mills was excited to see two of his young players come through in the victory.

"[Bogusevic] really did a good job," Mills said. "That was just tremendous and I'm so thrilled for him and thrilled for Aneury Rodriguez to get his first win. Those things are cool."

Kerry Wood pitched a scoreless eighth before Marmol blew his eighth save, which snapped a streak of nine straight saves for him.

"Bad day, you know," Marmol said. "I've been pitching good. Hopefully that continues tomorrow and [I] forget about today."

Tyler Colvin hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning and Aramis Ramirez added a solo shot in the eighth as the Cubs built a 5-2 lead. Colvin, who has spent time in Triple-A this season and is hitting just .135, has homered three times in the last 13 games, including Tuesday's blast that landed in the second deck in right field.

Houston starter Brett Myers yielded six hits and four runs in seven innings and hasn't won since June 17.

"First inning I was struggling to get my rhythm," Myers said. "Sixth inning, just one pitch cost me two runs. But that ninth inning made up for everything. I don't even feel like I pitched tonight,"

Chicago starter Ryan Dempster allowed four hits and two runs in seven innings before being replaced by Wood.

Jimmy Paredes had two doubles and drove in a run for the Astros.

Ramirez's 22nd homer came off reliever Wilton Lopez in the eighth inning and pushed the lead to 5-2.

Starlin Castro hit a leadoff single followed by a single by Darwin Barney. Ramirez hit the third single of the inning to score Castro and give Chicago a 1-0 lead. Carlos Pena walked before Marlon Byrd grounded into a double play and Barney scored to make it 2-0.

Jason Bourgeois drew a walk with no outs in the first for Houston before Carlos Lee walked with two outs. The double by Paredes, which landed in the corner of left field, scored Bourgeois, but Lee was out at home to leave it at 2-1.

Ramirez reached on an error by Clint Barmes and Pena walked in the third inning, but Myers didn't allow another hit after the three first-inning singles until Barney singled with two outs in the fifth inning. Ramirez grounded into a force out to end that inning, before Pena doubled to start the sixth.

Then came Colvin's two-out homer that scored Pena and pushed Chicago's lead to 4-1.

Shuck doubled in the seventh inning and scored on a sacrifice fly by Humberto Quintero to make it 4-2.

Notes

Houston OF Jordan Schafer, on the DL since July 20 with an injured left middle finger, was cleared to start a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday. If his rehabilitation goes well, he could join Houston on Monday in Colorado. Schafer was acquired from Atlanta in the Michael Bourn trade. ... Bud Norris starts for Houston in Wednesday's finale against Chicago's Casey Coleman. ... Norris didn't allow a run in seven innings in his last start, but did not factor in the decision. ... Coleman was recalled from Triple-A Iowa to replace Carlos Zambrano in the rotation. Coleman is 2-4 with a 7.23 ERA in 11 games this season for Chicago.

 
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Players of the Game
Houston

B. Bogusevic
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
Chicago

A. Ramirez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Starlin Castro, SS5110011 .309
Darwin Barney, 2B5120001 .291
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4122001 .295
Carlos Pena, 1B2120200 .227
Marlon Byrd, CF4000004 .302
Alfonso Soriano, LF4000023 .244
    Kerry Wood, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
Tyler Colvin, RF4112001 .135
Koyie Hill, C4010030 .210
Ryan Dempster, P3000010 .068
    Tony Campana, LF0000000 .282
Totals3559427  
Batting
2B - Carlos Pena 2 (19, Myers, Lopez)
HR - Aramis Ramirez (22, Lopez), Tyler Colvin (5, Myers)
SH - Tony Campana (3)
RBI - Aramis Ramirez 2 (74), Tyler Colvin 2 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Tyler Colvin 2 (3)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alfonso Soriano 1
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Dempster 7422370 4.61
Kerry Wood (H,17) 1100010 3.43
Carlos Marmol (BS,8; L,2-4) 0.1344101 4.08
WP - Ryan Dempster (6), Carlos Marmol (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Dempster 117-75, Kerry Wood 14-10, Carlos Marmol 32-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Dempster 6-7
Batters Faced - Ryan Dempster 27, Kerry Wood 4, Carlos Marmol 5
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jason Bourgeois, CF3100120 .299
Jose Altuve, 2B4010001 .317
J.D. Martinez, LF4000022 .254
Carlos Lee, 1B3000111 .260
Jimmy Paredes, 3B4021010 .294
J.B. Shuck, RF4220001 .231
Clint Barmes, SS3120101 .254
Humberto Quintero, C2001013 .259
   a- Matt Downs, PH0100100 .248
Brett Myers, P2000011 .128
   b- Angel Sanchez, PH1000000 .250
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Sergio Escalona, P0000000 .000
    Aneury Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   c- Brian Bogusevic, PH1114000 .290
Totals3168648  
a-walked for Quintero in the 9th
b-grounded out for Myers in the 7th
c-homered for A. Rodriguez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Paredes 2 (5, Dempster, Dempster), J.B. Shuck (1, Dempster)
HR - Brian Bogusevic (2, Marmol)
SF - Humberto Quintero (2)
RBI - Jimmy Paredes (6), Humberto Quintero (20), Brian Bogusevic 4 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Paredes (4)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Barmes-Altuve-Lee
E - Clint Barmes (11, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brett Myers 7644251 4.72
Wilton Lopez 0.2211011 2.98
Sergio Escalona 0.2100000 2.96
Aneury Rodriguez (W,1-4) 0.2000010 4.66
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Myers 108-68, Wilton Lopez 17-12, Sergio Escalona 6-4, Aneury Rodriguez 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Myers 10-6, Wilton Lopez 1-0, Sergio Escalona 1-1
Batters Faced - Brett Myers 29, Wilton Lopez 4, Sergio Escalona 3, Aneury Rodriguez 2
Game Information
Attendance - 23736
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Al Porter, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Jim Wolf