National League Game Summary - Houston at Chicago|
(Wednesday, October 3rd)
Final Score: Chicago 5, Houston 4
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Bryan LaHair hit a game-winning, bases-loaded
single in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Chicago Cubs downed the
Houston Astros, 5-4, Wednesday in the regular-season finale for both teams at
The matchup marked the last meeting between Houston (55-107) and Chicago
(61-101) as foes in the NL Central, as MLB division realignment has the Astros
beginning play next season in the AL West.
After Anthony Recker walked and Tony Campana laid down a bunt single for
Chicago in the ninth, Astros reliever Hector Ambriz (1-1) walked Starlin
Castro to bring up LaHair with two outs.
LaHair delivered with a single to right field on the first pitch from Ambriz,
snapping a two-game losing streak for Chicago to end the season on a high
Carlos Marmol (3-3) pitched a scoreless ninth for Chicago to earn the
Justin Maxwell went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run and Carlos Corporan had
an RBI for Houston, which had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Chicago starter Travis Wood gave the Cubs 6 1/3 quality innings in taking a
no-decision, surrendering one run on three hits. He walked five and struck out
four, and further helped himself by knocking in two runs.
Houston's Edgar Gonzalez lasted just 3 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on
five hits and four walks while striking out one.
But Fernando Abad, Jose Valdez, Mickey Storey and Fernando Rodriguez combined
to pitch 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief for Houston, allowing no hits and
giving the Astros a chance to climb back into the game in the late innings.
Houston got off to a quick 1-0 lead in the first after Corporan singled to
drive in Matt Dominguez, who had earlier gotten on base with a fielder's
choice and moved to second on Maxwell's walk.
The Cubs answered in the second with a leadoff solo blast off the bat of
LaHair, tying the score at 1-1.
Both teams stranded runners in scoring position in the third before the Cubs
took a three-run lead in the fourth.
After Dave Sappelt and Josh Vitters both singled, Brett Jackson drew a walk to
load the bases. Gonzalez next issued another walk to Recker, putting Chicago
up 2-1, then gave up a two-run single to Wood.
The Cubs couldn't hold the lead in the eighth, however, with Houston getting
back to even.
With Chicago reliever Shawn Camp on the mound, Jed Lowrie reached base on a
fielding error by Jackson, and Dominguez followed with a walk. That brought up
Maxwell, who tied the game at 4-4 by cranking a three-run shot into the
bleachers in left field.
After Marmol held steady in the ninth, the Cubs came up for one last chance
against Ambriz, who also pitched Houston through the eighth inning.
This is the first season Chicago has lost 101 games since 1966, when the Cubs
lost 103 (also done in 1962) ... Houston is now 168-184 at Wrigley Field in
the history of the franchise.
10/03 18:32:15 ET