--1B Brett Wallace, who entered the game Monday batting .231 in the last four weeks following a tremendous start, was dropped to the No. 6 spot in the order against a right-hander. He had been batting sixth against some fellow left-handers, but this move was a departure. "We've seen probably in the last week or so a different approach from teams to get him out," manager Brad Mills said. "I think as he goes along, he's going to be able to make some adjustments back to that."
--2B Jeff Keppinger moved from his familiar No. 2 spot in the order to the No. 5 spot, hitting behind the power bats in the lineup rather than setting them up with his contact approach, and it paid off with a three-run home run. "In the few games that he's been here, he's really given us some quality at-bats," manager Brad Mills said. "He's really ideal to hit second, and we'd like to have him hit second, but if we can have him hit fifth and extend the lineup a little bit, I think that would help us out a little bit more."
--RF Hunter Pence hit a game-tying home run and was one of three Astros with three hits Monday, making up for a three-base error that cost the Astros and Aneury Rodriguez a run. "It was not an easy day in the outfield, that's another reason why it was more fun to hit," Pence said. "I had a play that I should have made, and you've got to make it even though it's tough. That's what we're paid to do.
--RHP Enerio Del Rosario had one of the best outings of any Astros reliever this season, as they spent Monday beginning to reverse an ugly first third of the season. Del Rosario retired the top five batters in the Cubs' order on a day when the wind was blowing out, getting four ground balls and a strikeout before inducing a soft liner to finish two strong innings.
--SS Clint Barmes hit his second home run of the season after a stretch in which he struck out four times in five at-bats dating to Sunday's game. The two-run home run, coupled with Hunter Pence's solo shot, were the Astros' first back-to-back home runs since May 2010.
BY THE NUMBERS
9 -- Extra-base hits for the Astros in Monday's 12-7 victory over the Cubs, who set or tied season highs with four home runs and 16 hits.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"It's been a rough year, and it's not been easy. It's been really hard to go out every day and grind through some of the losses that we've taken. I think there's a lot to be said for the guys in this clubhouse who expect to win, and we're in games every day." -- SS Clint Barmes, after the Astros broke a three-game losing streak with a 12-7 win Monday.
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