Found May 21, 2012 on Fox Sports Houston:
Houston_astros_vs_637c
HOUSTON (AP) -- 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 deck in right field, where a man wearing a Cubs shirt fell backward trying to catch it, to put Houston up 3-0. Lowrie singled in the third and later stole second base and advanced to third on an error by catcher Koyie Hill. He scored on a single with two outs by Carlos Lee to make it 4-0. Brian Bogusevic walked before Johnson's 429-foot shot to the deepest part of the park in center field pushed Houston's lead to 7-0. Chicago didn't score until the ninth inning when reliever Enerio Del Rosario allowed three straight hits, capped by an RBI single by pinch hitter Reed Johnson to make it 8-1. He was replaced by Fernando Abad, who gave up a run-scoring single by David DeJesus. Wilton Lopez replaced Abad with one out before Blake Lalli got his first major league hit with a two-out, two RBI single to make it 8-4. Joe Mather's flyball to Travis Buck ended Chicago's threat. DeJesus walked to start the fifth inning before Norris retired the next eight batters, striking out four. He didn't allow another man on base until DeJesus singled with two outs in the seventh inning, but he struck out Tony Campana to end the inning. Campana walked in the first and stole second and third base. But the Cubs came away empty when Bryan LaHair struck out to end the inning. Ian Stewart walked with one out in the fourth and reached third on a single by Hill with two outs. He was left stranded when Norris retired pinch-hitter Jeff Baker. NOTES: Cubs manager Dale Sveum said catcher Wellington Castillo, who has a sprained knee ligament, was doing better on Monday, but wasn't healthy enough to return to the lineup. ... Houston optioned RHP Jordan Lyles to Triple-A Oklahoma City and recalled Del Rosario to take his spot on the roster on Monday. ... Astros CF Jordan Schafer missed his second straight game since injuring his lower right leg avoiding a collision Saturday night. But he said before the game that he was OK, and manager Brad Mills expects him back in the lineup Tuesday. ... Chicago left-hander Travis Wood is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday to start against J.A. Happ when these teams play Game 2 of the three-game series.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Astros patiently waiting for Lyles to settle in

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'...

Astros beginning to show potential power

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...

Astros on the way to becoming a winning team

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...

Difference between winning and losing is small

If not for a first inning in which Jordan Lyles could not seem to keep his pitches down in the strike zone or anywhere close to the location he was trying to throw them the Astros would have had a chance against the Rangers on Sunday. From the second inning on Lyles was a pitcher who can win in the major leagues. But Lyles was not on his game in that opening frame and the Rangers...

Cubs-Astros Preview

Houston Astros starter Bud Norris wanted to improve upon a spotty 2011, and he's doing just that. The slumping Chicago Cubs might not be able to do much to slow down his strong start to 2012. Norris will try to win a career-best fourth consecutive start Monday night at Minute Maid Park, where the Astros and Cubs begin the final season of their NL Central rivalry. Norris (4...

Astros 8, Cubs 4

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...

Astros 2, Cubs 1

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 walks before...

Astros hand Cubs 8th straight loss

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...

Houston's Johnson ejected against Cubs

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...

This is the story about a man named Jed

The Red Sox should never make trades with the Houston Astros. In what might be the beantowner's second worst trade since Bagwell, the team from Boston sent Jed Lowrie and Kyle Weiland for Mark Melancon. And sure, Melancon did have a severe meltdown early for the Red Sox, but he's pitching really well at Triple A and he can still help the team from Boston. Even so,the...

Astros sign Armando Galarraga to a Minor League deal

According to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, the Houston Astros have signed veteran right hander Armando Galarraga to a Minor League deal. McTaggart adds that Galarraga “will help the Astros fill a rotation spot at Triple-A Oklahoma City.” The Orioles released the 30-year old started back in April. Last season, Galarraga went 3-4 with Arizona while posting a 5.91 ERA, 2.1 HR/9, 4...

2012 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: Bud Norris Dominant in May, Stubbs Blasts Two

Bud Norris (credits below) It was a great night for a couple of struggling Reds in their 4-1 win over the Braves.  Drew Stubbs homered twice, as he went 2-for-3 from the plate and drew a walk.  Meanwhile, starter Mike Leake tossed 8.0 strong innings and hit one out of the park himself for the first time in his major league career. In St. Louis Tyler Greene went 3-for-4 from...

Use caution with Volquez, Minor

Start 'Em Bud Norris (CHC, @LAD) Norris is quietly stringing together a strong 2012 season, boasting a 4-1 record with a 3.58 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 50 strikeouts in 50.1 innings. Norris has been particularly dominant as of late, surrendering just one earned run in his last three outings. Facing a weak Cubs offense (third-worst run production in baseball) and depleted Dodgers...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.