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Chicago at Houston

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Chi. Cubs (17-18)310011000691
Houston (14-17) «230000010680

Cubs 6, Astros 6(10)

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HOUSTON (AP) - Chicago's Edwin Jackson got off to a slow start on Friday night against the Houston Astros. When he settled down, he was almost unhittable.

Jackson struck out nine as the Cubs and Astros played to a 6-6 tie in 10 innings in an exhibition game.

Jackson plunked the first batter he faced, and leadoff hitter Jose Altuve moved up when Brett Wallace followed with a walk. Chris Carter then hit a two-run double with one out before Jackson struck out two straight to end the inning.

Houston's Marwin Gonzalez hit an opposite-field, three-run homer in the second before Jackson retired nine of the next 10 batters, striking out seven of them. He gave up five hits and was replaced by James Russell for the fifth inning.

His nine strikeouts were one more than he'd had in his previous five spring starts.

"I think I just sped up my pace a little bit," Jackson said of the difference between the first two innings and the second two. "Early on I felt I was a bit deliberate. After the home run, start over and get in the groove and pick up the pace a little bit."

Jackson signed a $52 million, four-year deal with Chicago over the winter. He allowed just four runs in his first four starts this spring before yielding 10 in his last two.

"Clearly you want good results, but the results are not always there," Jackson said. "But you come out and you feel like you are ready to go, and I felt I was ready to go today. As a pitcher, you just want to stay more consistent all around."

Cubs manager Dale Sveum was unhappy with the length of the game.

"It was long. Four hours," he said. "Not what you really want in a spring training game leading up to a day game."

He also didn't like how Jackson started the game, but was pleased with how he recovered.

"It's one of those things where, kind of a spring training-type atmosphere, nobody in the stands, and all of a sudden we gave up some runs . and then we started pitching," he said.

Houston starter Alex White gave up three runs and three hits in one inning. White, who will start the season in the bullpen, has allowed 12 hits and seven runs in his last two outings.

Manager Bo Porter said the right-hander had some discomfort in his throwing elbow and would undergo tests on Saturday.

"He was only going to throw two innings tonight anyway," Porter said. "So it made more sense just to get the relievers in the game. We had a bunch of relievers that needed to throw, so we just went ahead and got him out of the game."

White said the discomfort has been nagging him for a couple of weeks.

"In the bullpen today I was a little stiff, but once I got in the game I felt OK," he said. "I had a good breaking ball tonight."

NOTES: These teams wrap up the exhibition season on Saturday when Chicago left-hander Travis Wood opposes Brad Peacock. ... Astros SS Carlos Correa, the top overall pick in the 2012 draft, will start on Saturday. ... Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, the NFL's defensive player of the year, took batting practice before the game. He had trouble getting going, but ended up hitting five home runs. "I started off super slow, but then they started to get the pitches a little bit higher and I had a little success at the end," he said. "But I'm disappointed ... if we would have kept going I would have had a few more." Watt, who will throw out the first pitch before the Astros' opener on Sunday night, said he threw a bullpen session recently to prepare for the job. "I threw about 45 pitches, so I will be much more ready for my first pitch than I was for the batting practice today," he said.

 
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Chicago

S. Castro
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Houston

M. Gonzalez
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David DeJesus, CF4120100 .373
Starlin Castro, SS4220011 .390
Anthony Rizzo, 1B2100311 .234
Alfonso Soriano, LF4012012 .233
Nate Schierholtz, RF4000023 .273
Welington Castillo, C3012010 .208
    Steve Clevenger, C1000010 .373
Luis Valbuena, 3B3110101 .233
Darwin Barney, 2B4011001 .243
Dioner Navarro, DH2111011 .291
   a- Scott Hairston, PH-DH2000011 .172
Totals3369659  
a-grounded into a double play for Navarro in the 6th
Batting
2B - Welington Castillo (1, White)
3B - Luis Valbuena (1, Cedeno)
HR - Dioner Navarro (5, Chapman)
SF - Alfonso Soriano (1)
SH - Starlin Castro (1)
RBI - Alfonso Soriano 2 (14), Welington Castillo 2 (8), Darwin Barney (11), Dioner Navarro (17)
2-OUT RBI - Alfonso Soriano (5), Welington Castillo 2 (6)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Luis Valbuena (1, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edwin Jackson 4555191 5.25
James Russell 1000110 2.79
Kyuji Fujikawa (H,4) 0.2000220 2.35
Blake Parker (H,2) 1.1000030 1.17
Michael Bowden (BS,2) 1111010 2.77
Shawn Camp 1200020 0.96
Jaye Chapman 1000000 5.14
HBP - Altuve (by Edwin Jackson)
WP - Michael Bowden (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 80-48, James Russell 21-14, Kyuji Fujikawa 21-10, Blake Parker 18-13, Michael Bowden 13-9, Shawn Camp 13-10, Jaye Chapman 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 1-2, James Russell 1-0, Blake Parker 1-0, Michael Bowden 1-1, Shawn Camp 1-0, Jaye Chapman 1-3
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 19, James Russell 3, Kyuji Fujikawa 4, Blake Parker 4, Michael Bowden 4, Shawn Camp 5, Jaye Chapman 4
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Altuve, 2B2100020 .348
    Ronny Cedeno, SS2010010 .333
Brett Wallace, 1B2100110 .273
    Jonathan Singleton, 1B2000022 .250
Carlos Pena, DH3000021 .186
   a- J.D. Martinez, PH-DH2000022 .286
Chris Carter, LF2022100 .273
    Trevor Crowe, PR-LF2110000 .275
Rick Ankiel, RF2000012 .413
   b- Brandon Barnes, PH-RF2000010 .250
Justin Maxwell, CF2000022 .153
    George Springer, CF2000110 .286
Jason Castro, C2110001 .349
    Carlos Corporan, C3000012 .256
Matt Dominguez, 3B2110010 .280
    Brandon Laird, 3B1010100 .339
    Delino Deshields Jr., PR-2B0000000 .385
Marwin Gonzalez, SS-2B2113010 .259
    Jose Martinez, 2B-3B1000002 .314
Totals36685418  
a-struck out for Pena in the 7th
b-?? for Ankiel in the 5th
Batting
2B - Chris Carter 2 (7, Jackson, Jackson), Trevor Crowe (3, Bowden)
HR - Marwin Gonzalez (2, Jackson)
SH - Brandon Barnes (1), Jose Martinez (1)
RBI - Chris Carter 2 (15), Marwin Gonzalez 3 (5)
CS - Trevor Crowe (1, 2nd base by Russell/Castillo)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - M. Gonzalez-Altuve-Wallace, Dominguez-Altuve-Wallace, Cedeno-Jo. Martinez-Singleton, Jo. Martinez-DeShields-Singleton
PB - Jason Castro (2)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alex White 1333110 7.84
Kevin Chapman 2211111 10.29
Jose Veras (H,2) 1000120 4.70
Wesley Wright (BS,1) 1211010 11.25
Xavier Cedeno 1211000 6.00
Rhiner Cruz 1000010 1.04
Josh Fields 1000020 2.31
Hector Ambriz 1000010 2.16
Joshua Zeid 1000200 1.50
IBB - Rizzo by Joshua Zeid
WP - Wesley Wright (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Alex White 30-20, Kevin Chapman 30-16, Jose Veras 22-13, Wesley Wright 22-15, Xavier Cedeno 16-7, Rhiner Cruz 15-10, Josh Fields 17-11, Hector Ambriz 15-9, Joshua Zeid 14-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex White 1-1, Kevin Chapman 2-1, Wesley Wright 1-1, Xavier Cedeno 2-0, Josh Fields 1-0, Hector Ambriz 2-0, Joshua Zeid 2-0
Batters Faced - Alex White 7, Kevin Chapman 7, Jose Veras 4, Wesley Wright 5, Xavier Cedeno 4, Rhiner Cruz 3, Josh Fields 3, Hector Ambriz 3, Joshua Zeid 4
Game Information
Attendance - 11820
Game Time - 3:49
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Clint Fagan, First Base - David Rackley, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - A.J. Johnson