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CHICAGO -- For all the struggles the Cubs have had over the last five decades or so, they haven't reached this milestone for futility in a while. The Cubs got loss No. 100 on Monday night, the first time they've reached that number since 1966.
Four Houston pitchers combined on a two-hitter and Fernando Martinez hit a home run for the third consecutive game.
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"It didn't quite seem like a playoff atmosphere," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "There was a little bit of sleepwalking at the plate. Are guys ready to get out of here? I don't know. I won't put words in anybody's mouth. We didn't take out at bats like we wanted to stick around."
The Astros avoided their franchise-record 107th loss in the opener of their final series in the National League before they move to the American League next season.
The Cubs lost 100 games in a season for the first time since 1966 and were shut out for the 14th time this season. Chicago has lost more than 99 games twice, setting the franchise record of 103 losses in 1962 and 1966. The Cubs have dropped 12 of their last 14.
"I hope (the young guys) learn it's not fun when we lose," Alfonso Soriano said in a very quiet Cubs clubhouse. "Baseball is fun when you win. It doesn't matter how much money you make, it's not fun when you lose."
Houston has matched its franchise record for losses with 106, but the Astros have won four of their last five and are 14-14 since Sept. 1.
Harrell (11-11) struck out seven in six scoreless innings for his first victory since Aug. 14, which was also against the Cubs. He walked one and allowed two hits, a single by David DeJesus and a double by Anthony Rizzo. Harrell retired the last nine batters he faced.
"Lucas, we were only going to go five innings with him. We weren't going to take him over 100 pitches," interim manager Tony DeFrancesco said. "He really pitched well with confidence, he fell behind early and all of a sudden he got locked in. A two-hit shutout here is a pretty special game."
Matt Dominguez hit an RBI triple to left field in the fourth inning after Martinez singled. Left fielder Alfonso Soriano's throw home bounced past catcher Welington Castillo as Martinez scored for a 2-0 lead.
Scott Moore's RBI single in the eighth off Shawn Camp put the Astros ahead 3-0. Berken (0-3) allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings in his final start of the season.
According to STATS, LLC, the last time two teams with 100 losses or more played was Sept. 30, 1962. The Cubs were involved then, too -- they faced the New York Mets.
Houston and Chicago are set to play Tuesday night.
"It's a long season, but it's not over," Soriano said. "We still have two more games. Hopefully we win them."
|Starlin Castro strikes out in the fourth inning of another futile night for the Cubs, who get two-hit and reach a dubious mark. (AP)|
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|Jose Altuve, 2B||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.291|
|Scott Moore, RF||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.260|
|Fernando Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Wesley Wright, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jed Lowrie, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.247|
|Fernando Martinez, LF||3||2||2||1||0||0||0||.243|
|Justin Maxwell, LF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.227|
|Brett Wallace, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.253|
|Matt Dominguez, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||1||2||.294|
|Jason Castro, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.257|
|Brandon Barnes, CF||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.217|
|Lucas Harrell, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.153|
|Jose Valdez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Brian Bogusevic, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.203|
|a-struck out for Valdez in the 8th|
|2B - Justin Maxwell (12, Marmol)|
|3B - Matt Dominguez (2, Berken)|
|HR - Fernando Martinez (6, Berken)|
|RBI - Scott Moore (26), Fernando Martinez (14), Matt Dominguez (16)|
|2-OUT RBI - Scott Moore (12), Matt Dominguez (5)|
|CS - Jose Altuve (11, 2nd base by Chapman/Castillo)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Lucas Harrell (W,11-11)||6||2||0||0||1||7||0||3.76|
|Jose Valdez (H,4)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.53|
|Fernando Rodriguez (H,13)||0.2||0||0||0||0||2||0||5.45|
|Wesley Wright (S,1)||1.1||0||0||0||0||2||0||3.31|
|WP - Lucas Harrell (10)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Lucas Harrell 98-60, Jose Valdez 12-7, Fernando Rodriguez 8-6, Wesley Wright 18-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lucas Harrell 9-2, Jose Valdez 1-2, Wesley Wright 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Lucas Harrell 21, Jose Valdez 3, Fernando Rodriguez 2, Wesley Wright 4|
|David DeJesus, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.264|
|Dave Sappelt, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.281|
|Anthony Rizzo, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.288|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.262|
|Starlin Castro, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.284|
|Luis Valbuena, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.221|
|Welington Castillo, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.271|
|Darwin Barney, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.256|
|Jason Berken, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jaye Chapman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Brett Jackson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.174|
|James Russell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Shawn Camp, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Bryan LaHair, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.257|
|c- Joe Mather, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.209|
|Carlos Marmol, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Chapman in the 5th|
|b-announced for Camp in the 8th|
|c-struck out for LaHair in the 8th|
|2B - Anthony Rizzo (15, Harrell)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|DP - Valbuena-Barney-Rizzo|
|Jason Berken (L,0-3)||4.2||4||2||2||1||2||1||5.49|
|HBP - Wallace (by James Russell)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jason Berken 61-40, Jaye Chapman 4-1, James Russell 24-16, Shawn Camp 20-12, Carlos Marmol 17-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Berken 7-5, James Russell 4-1, Shawn Camp 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Jason Berken 19, James Russell 6, Shawn Camp 5, Carlos Marmol 4|
|Attendance - 32167|
|Game Time - 2:42|
|Temperature - 61|
|Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - John Tumpane, Third Base - Jim Wolf|