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Jason Castro and Chris Johnson each hit three-run homers and Bud Norris threw seven scoreless innings to give the Houston Astros an 8-4 victory over the slumping Chicago Cubs on Monday night.
Castro's home run came in the second inning and Johnson added his in the third, to hand the Cubs their season-high seventh loss in a row.
Jed Lowrie homered for the second straight game, hitting a solo shot in the seventh inning to give the Astros three homers in a game for the second time in three games.
Norris (5-1) allowed five hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings. He has allowed just one earned run in his current four-game winning streak.
Cubs starter Matt Garza (2-2) yielded five hits and season-high seven runs in three innings - his shortest start of the season.
Johnson hit a two-out single in the second inning before a walk by J.D. Martinez to set up Castro's homer, which broke an 0-for-9 streak. His first home run of the season landed several rows up in the lower dec...
BEST OF MAXIM
HOUSTON Admit it: All of your doubts concerning Jordan Lyles' faltering promise started clanging about in the back of your mind as the Rangers battered him in the first inning on Sunday at Minute Maid Park.
The chasm between his big-league debut on May 31, 2011 and his laborious third start of this season never felt wider. Lyles once represented the very best the Astros'...
HOUSTON In the ceaseless search for a clue to what makes the Astros tick offensively came the presentation of another bit of crucial evidence.
The Astros on Monday hammered Cubs right-hander Matt Garza, possessor one of the elite arms in the National League. They bashed him for seven runs over three innings in their 8-4 victory at Minute Maid Park, burnishing their burgeoning reputation...
The Houston Astros, once universally alleged to be the worst team of all the teams, are now three games under .500 and four games out of first place in the National League Central Division.
They have gradually won over some doubters, who were at first surprised, then intrigued and now fully engaged with a team that is hitting better and pitching better than it was supposed to be...
Houston third baseman Chris Johnson has been ejected from Tuesday night's game with the Chicago Cubs after slamming his helmet on the ground and arguing a call at first base in the fourth inning.
With the game tied at 1-1, Johnson hit a ground ball to shortstop Starlin Castro, who made a diving stop and whose throw to first appeared to barely beat Johnson. Johnson was called...
HOUSTON (AP) -- J.D. Martinez hit the go-ahead RBI single in the sixth inning and Jose Altuve had a solo homer to give the Houston Astros a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.
The loss extends Chicago's losing skid to a season-long eight games.
The hit by Martinez was the first for Houston since the first inning, but Justin Maxwell and Carlos Lee both drew two-out...
The Cubs are considering when to call up hot-hitting first baseman Anthony Rizzo from Triple-A Iowa. When should the club's top prospect join the big-league team? Share your thoughts!
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