Chi. Cubs 5, Houston 1

Boxscore | Recap
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 8:05 PM
Location - Minute Maid Park
Temperature - Indoors
Umpires - Home Plate - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Paul Nauert,
Attendance - 13101

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Chi. Cubs 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 5 11 0
Houston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 2

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Chi. Cubs 56-87 34-34 22-53 W1
Houston 45-98 29-42 16-56 L1


Cubs 5, Astros 1: Travis Wood pitched 7 2/3 strong innings and Alfonso Soriano homered and had two RBIs as visiting Chicago downed Houston.

Wood (6-11) allowed just one run and four hits in his second dominating outing against the Astros this season. He tossed 7 2/3 shutout innings against Houston on July 1.

Dave Sappelt reached base four times on three hits and a walk for Chicago, which has won five of its last six road games. The Cubs won two of three from the Astros and held Houston to three runs in the series.

Soriano also had three hits and belted a solo shot – his 29th homer of the season – in the fifth to give Chicago a 2-0 lead. He added a run-scoring single in the seventh.

Welington Castillo had a run-scoring single in the first and Anthony Recker laced a run-scoring double in the eighth – the latter hit providing the Cubs with a 4-0 lead.

Wood struck out six and walked one while winning his second consecutive start. The left-hander lost six straight decisions prior to the back-to-back wins.

Wood was removed after allowing a two-out double in the eighth to Brandon Barnes. Shawn Camp allowed a run-scoring single to Fernando Martinez for the run charged to Wood.

The Cubs added a ninth-inning run when pinch runner Tony Campana stole third and scored on a throwing error by Houston catcher Chris Snyder.

Astros starter Fernando Abad (0-4) allowed one run and four hits in 3 1/3 innings.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo (shoulder) was held out of the lineup one night after being involved in a nasty collision with Houston 1B Brett Wallace. … Astros reliever Mickey Storey left in the eighth after taking a line drive off the right side of his face. The ball was hit by Sappelt, who reached first safely. … Chicago OF Brett Jackson (knee) missed his fifth straight game. … Houston SS Jed Lowrie was in the lineup for the first time since injuring his right leg on July 14. He went 0-for-3 with a walk.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Chi. Cubs   Houston
Travis Wood Player Fernando Abad
Win W/L Loss
7.2 IP 3.1
6 Strikeouts 2
4 Hits 4
1.17 ERA 2.70
Chi. Cubs   Houston
Dave Sappelt Player Brandon Barnes
3 Hits 2
0 RBI 0
0 HR 0
4 TB 3
1.000 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Chi. Cubs 11 1 17 .289 23 8 4 4 1 0
Houston 6 0 7 .194 13 10 1 3 0 2

Upcoming Games

  • Houston will play their next game at home against Philadelphia. The Astros have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .309 after a loss.
  • Chi. Cubs will play their next game at home against Pittsburgh. The Cubs have a W/L % of .411 after a win and .379 after a loss.
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