HOUSTON (AP) -- J.D. Martinez had three hits and three RBIs to lead the Houston Astros to a 5-1 win over the Cubs on Wednesday night to complete the series three-game sweep and give Chicago its longest losing streak in more than a decade.
The Cubs have lost nine straight for the first time since dropping the same number of games from May 8-18 2002.
Houston starter Wandy Rodriguez (4-4) allowed eight hits and a run with five strikeouts in seven innings. The victory is the 77th of his career, moving him into sole possession of second place in franchise history for wins by a left-hander.
Chicago starter Jeff Samardzija (4-3) yielded six hits and two runs with four strikeouts in six innings.
Chicago was up 1-0 in the fourth inning before Martinez's triple, which fell as Darwin Barney and David DeJesus bumped into each other and tumbled to the ground trying to make the catch, put Houston on top 2-1.
It was the second consecutive night that Martinez drove in the go-ahead run after hi...