Chi. Cubs 3, Houston 2

Boxscore | Recap
Saturday, June 30, 2012 4:05 PM
Location - Wrigley Field
Temperature - 93°
Umpires - Home Plate - Lazaro Diaz, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Tim Welke,
Attendance - 37906

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Houston 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 10 1
Chi. Cubs 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 7 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Houston 32-46 23-19 9-27 L3
Chi. Cubs 28-49 18-20 10-29 W2

Recap


Cubs 3, Astros 2:
Rookie Anthony Rizzo hit his first home run of the season - and second of his career - to lift host Chicago to its fourth victory in the last five games.

Houston took an early lead on RBI singles by Jordan Schafer and J.D. Martinez in the third and fourth innings, respectively, but the Cubs came back with three runs in the fifth against J.A. Happ (6-8). After Starlin Castro got Chicago on the board with an RBI base hit, Rizzo took a 1-0 pitch over the wall in right field for a two-run homer.

Cubs starter Matt Garza (4-6) went 5 1/3 innings, giving up nine hits and walking three but getting the Astros to hit into three double plays. Five relievers combined to finish the game off, with Carlos Marmol working around a one-out walk in the ninth inning for his second save in as many days.

David DeJesus and Alfonso Soriano had outfield assists for Chicago, both gunning down runners at third base after base hits by the Astros.

Happ gave up five hits and four walks in six innings, striking out six. 

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Happ is 0-11 over his last 16 road starts. ... Rizzo is 4-for-15 in four games since making his Cubs debut. ... Houston is 9-27 on the road and has lost 58 of its last 76 away from home. ... The Cubs won for only the second time in Garza’s last 10 outings. ... Marmol is 5-for-5 in save opportunities since reclaiming Chicago's closer spot in mid-June.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Houston   Chi. Cubs
J.A. Happ Player Matt Garza
Loss W/L Win
6.0 IP 5.1
6 Strikeouts 1
5 Hits 9
4.50 ERA 3.38
Hitting
Houston   Chi. Cubs
Chris Johnson Player Geovany Soto
2 Hits 2
0 RBI 0
0 HR 0
2 TB 3
.667 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Houston 10 0 11 .323 15 6 2 4 0 1
Chi. Cubs 7 1 12 .241 17 8 3 5 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Chi. Cubs will play their next game at home against Houston. The Cubs have a W/L % of .357 after a win and .367 after a loss.
  • Houston will play their next game on the road against Chi. Cubs. The Astros have a W/L % of .438 after a win and .400 after a loss.