National League Game Summary - Chicago at Houston|
(Monday, May 21st)
Final Score: Houston 8, Chicago 4
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Bud Norris tossed seven shutout innings to
guide the Houston Astros to an 8-4 win over the Chicago Cubs in the
first of a three-game set.
Norris (5-1) gave up five hits and walked three while fanning eight.
Chris Johnson and Jason Castro each had three-run homers while Jed Lowrie
recorded three hits, including a solo blast as Houston picked up its fourth
win in six tries.
Blake Lalli drove in two runs while Reed Johnson and David DeJesus each had
RBI singles in the ninth for the Cubs, losers in seven straight.
Matt Garza (2-2) lasted just three innings, and gave up seven runs on five
"That was not Matt Garza pitching. It was strange," Cubs manager Dale Sveum
said. "That's not the Matt Garza I've seen."
Houston took a 3-0 lead in the second following Castro's three-run blast.
Johnson singled and J.D. Martinez walked to set the table for Castro's first
home run of the season.
The Astros came right back in the third and added four more to go up 7-0.
Lowrie singled, stole second then moved to third when Koyie Hill's throw to
second sailed into center field. Carlos Lee followed with a single to plate
Lowrie. Brian Bogusevic walked to put runners on first and second for Johnson,
who drove a 2-1 fastball into the right-field stands.
A Lowrie homer in the seventh made it 8-0.
"The guys coming out and scoring some runs is huge," said Norris. "To get some
support always makes it a little bit easier to just kind of compete and throw
Chicago scored four in the ninth to avoid the shutout. Adrian Cardenas opened
the frame with a ground-rule double down the line in left and moved to third
when Hill singled through the hole at second. Johnson, who entered the game as
a pinch-hitter, then singled to center to plate Cardenas and move Hill to
third. De Jesus followed with a single that scored Cardenas, and a Lalli
single scored Hill and DeJesus.
But Wilton Lopez was able to stop the bleeding and got Joe Mather to fly out
to end the game.
Lowrie extended his hitting streak to six games....Norris is 4-0 in the
month of May...The Astros are 8-1 when Norris stars...Lalli's single in the
ninth was the first of his career...The Cubs finished the game 4-for-15 with
runners in scoring position and left 10 on base.
05/22 01:31:37 ET