Chi. Cubs 4, Houston 3

Boxscore | Recap
Friday, September 16, 2011 2:20 PM
Location - Wrigley Field
Temperature - 57°
Umpires - Home Plate - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - David Rackley,
Attendance - 35318

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Houston 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 8 0
Chi. Cubs 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 4 9 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Houston 51-99 28-46 23-53 L2
Chi. Cubs 66-85 36-40 30-45 W1

Recap

Marlon Byrd drove in the winning run with an infield single in the bottom of the 12th inning to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Houston Astros on Friday afternoon.

The Astros brought in David Carpenter (0-3) to pitch the 12th and the righthander walked Starlin Castro to lead off the frame. A sacrifice moved Castro to second and Houston intentionally walked Aramis Ramirez. Carpenter unraveled after that, unleashing a wild pitch and walking Reed Johnson before surrendering Byrd’s soft single.

Jeff Samardzija (7-4) earned the win in relief.

Carlos Lee, who launched a solo homer in the second inning, came up with a runner on second and two outs in the ninth. The beefy slugger went down 1-2 in the count to Matt Garza before getting a pitch to drive and belting it into the first row beyond the netting in left field, knotting the game at 3-3.

Castro had a chance to win it for the Cubs in the bottom of the frame with a runner on third, but Fernando Rodriguez came on and struck out the National League hits leader on three pitches.

The Astros (51-99) moved within one setback of their first 100-loss season.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Houston   Chi. Cubs
Wandy Rodriguez Player Matt Garza
No Decision W/L No Decision
5.2 IP 9.0
5 Strikeouts 4
6 Hits 7
4.76 ERA 3.00
Hitting
Houston   Chi. Cubs
Carlos Lee Player Aramis Ramirez
3 Hits 3
3 RBI 0
2 HR 0
9 TB 5
.600 Avg .600

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Houston 8 2 15 .186 10 7 3 0 1 0
Chi. Cubs 9 1 15 .225 16 12 4 9 1 0

Upcoming Games

  • Chi. Cubs will play their next game at home against Houston. The Cubs have a W/L % of .385 after a win and .477 after a loss.
  • Houston will play their next game on the road against Chi. Cubs. The Astros have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .343 after a loss.
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