--RHP Brett Myers won his ninth consecutive decision against the Cubs, going seven innings and allowing one run, but he denied some sort of ownership of the North-siders. "I'm never comfortable," Myers said. "Maybe it's one of those teams where they're not as comfortable facing me. I'm definitely not comfortable facing anybody."
--RF Hunter Pence drove in four runs Tuesday as the top three in the order went 9-for-15 with seven runs scored and seven runs batted in. "It feels like every at-bat, I've got runners everywhere," Pence said.
--LF Jason Michaels became the last Astros position player to start a game as he got the nod in left field against the left-handed Cubs pitcher James Russell. As the domino effect, LF Carlos Lee started at first base, while the left-handed 1B Brett Wallace got his first day off of the season despite having his safely in his previous five games.
--SS Angel Sanchez, who has been the best hitter on the Astros through 11 games, had his best game to date on Tuesday. Sanchez notched a career-high four hits in five at-bats, scoring twice and driving in a pair.
--C Humberto Quintero went 3-for-3 on Monday night, scoring twice and legging out his second triple of a career that has spanned parts of nine seasons. Of the Astros' league-leading five triples this season, three of them -- two by Carlos Lee and one by Quintero -- have come off the bats of players hardly known for their speed.
BY THE NUMBERS
5 -- Consecutive double-digit hit games for the Astros, encompassing the entire weekend series against Florida and the first two games of this week's Cubs series. It is Houston's longest streak since May 1-5, 2009.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"It's a big deal. It's like a goal-come-true. It's something I've always wanted. I got my home run, but it would be perfect if we had won the game. That's what we're here for." -- SS Angel Sanchez, reflecting one day after hitting his first major league home run in his 317th career at-bat.
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