Astros deny Cubs in 12th
Houston rallies in top half, then halts Chicago uprising
CHICAGO — Both bullpens were spent, runs were scarce and the Houston Astros had trouble making a quick getaway Wednesday. That’s OK. They’ll take it. Their 12-inning victory over the Chicago Cubs made it all worth it.
“It did take a while,” manager Brad Mills said after the 4-3 victory. “We kept battling. In a game like this our bullpen was on fumes.”
Pinch-hitter Jason Michaels delivered a two-out, two-run double in the 12th and scored on Angel Sanchez’s single, giving the Astros a 4-1 lead. They needed all of it after Geovany Soto hit a two-run homer off Gustavo Chacin in the bottom half.
Ryan Theriot followed Soto’s 13th homer with a base hit and pinch-hitter Jeff Baker walked before Tyler Colvin lined out to right, giving Chacin his first career save.
The Astros took two of three in the series at Wrigley Field, bouncing back after Tuesday’s 14-7 loss that featured 13 unanswered runs by the Cubs and a three-homer night by Chicago slugger Aramis Ramirez.
“To get that series win feels great,” Michaels said. “Two outs, second and third, I was just trying to have a good atbat and get myself in position. … I got lucky and found the gap.”
Houston tied it at 1 in the eighth. Pinch-hitter Pedro Feliz led off with a drive into the left-field bleachers off Chicago starter Ted Lilly.
“I feel it cost us the game,” Lilly said.
After the teams combined for 37 runs in the first two games of the series, the finale was a contrast for most of the day with a light wind blowing in at Wrigley Field as Lilly and Brett Myers locked up in a pitchers’ duel.
Myers allowed five hits in seven innings, including Lilly’s single in the fifth that snapped the pitcher’s skid at 0 for 33 dating to last season. Lilly motored all the way from first to score on Starlin Castro’s two-out double to left field.
Houston’s Pedro Feliz, right, is greeted at home plate by Jason Bourgeois after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning to tie the game at 1-1. Houston went on to win 4-3 in 12 innings.