Astros over­power Cubs early, cruise to vic­tory

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

CHICAGO — Ja­son Cas­tro hit a three-run homer, Car­los Lee had a two-run dou­ble in a five-run first in­ning and the Hous­ton Astros went on to beat the Chicago Cubs 11-5 on Mon­day night.

Wandy Ro­driguez (7-11) gave up five runs in six in­nings but earned the win be­cause the Astros spot­ted him an 8-0 lead.

Hunter Pence also had a two-run sin­gle in the first in­ning and Chris John­son hit a two-run shot in the sev­enth for his first ma­jor league homer. He fin­ished a dou­ble short of the cy­cle.

Car­los Silva’s slide af­ter start­ing the sea­son 8-0 with a 2.93 ERA con­tin­ued. He was tagged for five runs on seven hits and two walks in one in­ning. In his last two starts, Silva (9-4) has al­lowed 11 runs over 21⁄ in­nings.

Aramis Ramirez hit at tworun homer and Tyler Colvin added a solo shot in the sixth in­ning for the Cubs, who are 15-26 against NL Cen­tral di­vi­sion op­po­nents.

Af­ter win­ning three of four against the Philadel­phia Phillies over the week­end, the Astros pounded Cubs pitch­ing for a sea­son-high 11 runs and 17 hits. The 17 hits were most given up in a game by Cubs pitch­ing this sea­son.

De­spite com­ing into the game with the third-fewest runs in base­ball this sea­son, the Astros knocked Silva out af­ter one in­ning. Silva al­lowed back-to-back sin­gles to Michael Bourn and An­gel Sanchez to start the game, then walked Lance Berk­man to load the bases be­fore Pence fol­lowed with a two-run sin­gle.

Lee dou­bled down the left­field line, scor­ing Pence from first. Lee scored on John­son’s dou­ble-play grounder. The Astros sent 11 bat­ters to the plate in the in­ning and they were 7 for 8 the first time through the lineup.

The Astros will re­call Wes­ley Wright from Triple-A Round Rock be­fore tonight’s game against the Cubs. Wright is sched­uled to make his first ca­reer big league start.

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