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CHICAGO -- David DeJesus has been haunted all season by unfavorable winds at Wrigley Field.

He got the best of the Friendly Confines on Wednesday.

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DeJesus hit two home runs, Justin Germano breezed through six innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the Houston Astros 7-2 to win the three-game series.

Asked how many home runs he thinks he's missed out on this year, DeJesus, who now has four on the season, couldn't help but grin.

"The other day when I hit one against Bronson [Arroyo] and it was caught at the wall, I came running in and [manager Dale Sveum] was like `You should have at least 10 right now,"' DeJesus said. "So when your manager's saying that, I'll take 10."

Starlin Castro also homered among his three hits for Chicago, which won for just the third time in 15 games. The Cubs avoided falling to a season-worst 26 games under .500.

Astros starter Bud Norris left the game after being hit in the left foot with a line drive in the fourth inning.

DeJesus' third-inning homer was his first in 54 career games at Wrigley Field. And he didn't waste any time notching his second career Wrigley homer, blasting the first pitch of his next at-bat out to center field.

"He finally hit those kind of balls when the wind was blowing out a little bit," Sveum said. "He's been snakebit on balls like that when the wind is blowing in. It's nice to finally see him get a couple."

He tied a career best with four hits and drove in three runs, reaching base five times. Astros reliever Chuckie Fick was booed in the sixth for intentionally walking DeJesus with runners on second and third.

Castro hit a two-run shot in the third, his 12th of the season, as Norris failed to win for a 13th consecutive start.

Norris (5-10) allowed six runs on eight hits over 3 1/3 innings and hasn't won since May 21.

Following DeJesus' second homer, Josh Vitters hit a liner up the middle that deflected off Norris' foot toward the third base bag. After two warm-up pitches, Norris bent over, shook his head toward the team trainer and exited the game. He was diagnosed with a left foot contusion.

"I knew with my landing foot it wasn't going to be pretty," Norris said. "I'm glad I came out because I didn't want to hurt it any worse than it was."

Germano (2-2) cruised through six innings before getting into trouble in the seventh. He was removed after giving up a single and a walk. James Russell entered in relief and loaded the bases, but escaped the jam giving up just one run.

Germano was charged with two runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out six, including the side in the fourth.

He adjusted to the conditions quickly after Scott Moore's home run leading off the second inning.

"I wasn't really aware of it until that ball went out, I thought it was a fly ball off the bat," Germano said. "It was a reminder that I had to be more aggressive down in the zone. The wind, you don't really know what's gonna happen."

Moore's homer was his second in as many days. He had three extra-base hits in Tuesday's 10-1 win.

Jose Altuve had three singles for Houston, but Marwin Gonzalez followed by hitting into a double play all three times.

The Astros, owners of the worst record in baseball, have dropped 26 of their last 29 road games and are 12-48 away from home this season.

Chicago's Brett Jackson tied the game at 1 with a two-out triple in the second inning. The low liner skipped past center fielder Brandon Barnes and Castro trotted home from third.

It was Jackson's first career RBI. He also doubled in the sixth. The 24-year-old has struggled since being called up from Triple-A Iowa on Aug. 5. He was just 4 for 28 with 16 strikeouts before the triple.

Notes

The Cubs fired vice president of player personnel Oneri Fleita. Fleita had been with the organization since 1995.. Astros RHP Francisco Cordero flew to Miami to complete his U.S. Citizenship. Cordero has been on the 15-day disabled list since Aug. 3 with a sprained toe ligament. He was acquired from Toronto on July 20.. After an off-day Thursday, Travis Wood (4-8, 4.52 ERA) pitches the series opener for the Cubs in Cincinnati against the Reds' Bronson Arroyo (8-7, 3.95).. Dallas Keuchel (1-4, 5.29) will start for Houston at home on Friday against Arizona's Wade Miley (12-8, 3.02).

 
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Chicago

D. DeJesus
AB 4
R 2
H 4
HR 2
RBI 3
Houston

S. Moore
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Altuve, 2B4030000 .305
Marwin Gonzalez, SS-3B4000003 .237
Steve Pearce, 1B-LF3000010 .278
Justin Maxwell, LF2000011 .239
    Chuckie Fick, P0000000 .000
    Xavier Cedeno, P0000000 .000
   a- Brian Bogusevic, PH-CF2010000 .216
Scott Moore, 3B-1B4221020 .246
Ben Francisco, RF3000111 .240
Jason Castro, C2000110 .251
Brandon Barnes, CF3011000 .188
    Mickey Storey, P0000000 .000
    Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
Bud Norris, P1000010 .135
    Fernando Martinez, LF1000011 .121
   b- Tyler Greene, PH-SS1000010 .231
Totals3027229  
a-grounded out-bunting for Cedeno in the 7th
b-struck out for F. Martinez in the 8th
Batting
HR - Scott Moore (7, Germano)
RBI - Scott Moore (19), Brandon Barnes (3)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Castro-Gonzalez, Altuve-Gonzalez-Pearce, Gonzalez-Pearce
PB - Jason Castro 2 (7)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bud Norris (L,5-10) 3.1866343 5.23
Chuckie Fick 2.1110320 3.86
Xavier Cedeno 0.1000010 3.93
Mickey Storey 1.1100130 3.12
Wesley Wright 0.2100000 2.97
IBB - DeJesus by Chuckie Fick
WP - Bud Norris (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Bud Norris 81-50, Chuckie Fick 39-18, Xavier Cedeno 3-3, Mickey Storey 26-16, Wesley Wright 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bud Norris 3-2, Chuckie Fick 3-0
Batters Faced - Bud Norris 20, Chuckie Fick 9, Xavier Cedeno 1, Mickey Storey 6, Wesley Wright 3
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David DeJesus, RF4243100 .270
Josh Vitters, 3B5010025 .103
Anthony Rizzo, 1B5000025 .296
Alfonso Soriano, LF2100210 .263
Starlin Castro, SS4232011 .276
Luis Valbuena, 2B3010101 .207
Brett Jackson, CF4121023 .188
Steve Clevenger, C2000202 .228
Justin Germano, P1100112 .143
    James Russell, P0000000 .000
    Shawn Camp, P0000000 .000
   a- Joe Mather, PH1000010 .213
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
Totals317116710  
a-struck out for Camp in the 8th
Batting
2B - Starlin Castro (16, Storey), Luis Valbuena (12, Norris), Brett Jackson (1, Fick)
3B - Brett Jackson (1, Norris)
HR - David DeJesus 2 (4, Norris, Norris), Starlin Castro (12, Norris)
SH - Justin Germano (3)
RBI - David DeJesus 3 (33), Starlin Castro 2 (58), Brett Jackson (1)
2-OUT RBI - Starlin Castro 2 (22), Brett Jackson (1)
CS - David DeJesus (6, 2nd base by Norris/Castro)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Rizzo, Rizzo-Castro-Germano, Castro-Valbuena-Rizzo-Vitters, Rizzo-Castro
PB - Steve Clevenger (3)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Justin Germano (W,2-2) 6.1522161 3.19
James Russell 0.2000100 3.48
Shawn Camp 1100010 3.66
Carlos Marmol 1100020 4.34
HBP - Pearce (by Justin Germano)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Germano 93-60, James Russell 8-3, Shawn Camp 11-7, Carlos Marmol 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Germano 5-6, James Russell 1-0, Shawn Camp 1-0
Batters Faced - Justin Germano 24, James Russell 2, Shawn Camp 3, Carlos Marmol 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33714
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Mike Muchlinski, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - Tony Randazzo