Ramirez hits 3 homers; Astros squan­der 7-1 lead

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

CHICAGO — Ar ami s Ramirez hit three home runs and drove in seven runs to help Chicago rally to beat the Hous­ton Astros 14-7 on Tues­day night, hours af­ter Cubs man­ager Lou Piniella an­nounced he will re­tire at the end of the sea­son.

Ramirez hit two three-run homers and a solo shot. It was the fourth three-homer game of his ca­reer.

Der­rek Lee hit a go-ahead RBI dou­ble in the sev­enth and Geo­vany Soto tied the game with a solo shot in the sixth in­ning for the Cubs, who came back af­ter trail­ing 7-1 in the fifth in­ning.

Ramirez hit his first homer of the night in the fourth in­ning off Wes­ley Wright. He was called up be­fore the game from Triple-A Round Rock for his first ma­jor league start, al­lowed six runs and six hits in 42⁄ in­nings.

Star­lin Cas­tro led off the sev­enth with a dou­ble off Astros re­liever Bran­don Lyon (5-4). Lee fol­lowed with an RBI dou­ble to left-cen­ter and scored on Al­fonso So­ri­ano’s two-out RBI sin­gle to give the Cubs a 9-7 lead.

Lee also had a two-run sin­gle in the eighth and Ramirez hit his third home run of the game, a three-run shot off Astros re­liever Gary Ma­jew­ski.

The Cubs sent 10 hit­ter to the plate in the fifth and eighth in­nings.

Af­ter sit­ting through a long a five-run first in­ning in Mon­day night’s blowout loss, Piniella had to en­dure a four-run sec­ond in­ning on Tues­day, that con­sisted of one er­ror, three walks and a hit bat­ter. The Astros sent 10 bat­ters to the plate, but had only two hits in the in­ning.

Chris John­son was 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs for the Astros. Af­ter hit­ting his first ma­jor league homer Mon­day night, John­son hit his sec­ond one Tues­day.

Trail­ing 7-1, the Cubs ral­lied in the fifth. Soto led off the in­ning with a sin­gle, then Ryan The­riot hit a grounder to Jeff Kep­pinger at sec­ond base, Kep­pinger made an er­rant throw that rolled into left-field, mov­ing Soto to third and The­riot ended up at sec­ond.

Ramirez hit his sec­ond home run of the night, a three-run shot to left-cen­ter to get the Cubs within 7-6.

Soto tied the game in the sixth in­ning with a lead­off homer.

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