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Cubs close Wild Card gap
Cubs 4, Astros 2
Carlos Zambrano (left) is congratulated by Matt Lawton after homering. (David J. Phillip/AP)
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Despite pitching with a nagging back injury, Carlos Zambrano struck out 10 and knocked his first homer of the year to lead Chicago. Nomar Garciaparra homered, but also committed a
two-run error in the fourth and left the game early with back stiffness.
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Series at a glance:
TODAY'S WRAPS: August 17, 2005
CHC
Chi Cubs (59-62)
Won 2
Chi Cubs 4, Houston 2   HOU
Houston (64-56)
Lost 2
August 17, 2005
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Chi Cubs
1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0   4 9 2
Houston
0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0   2 3 0
Standings through 8/17/05  |  Gameday  |  Cubs Stats  |  Astros Stats
Chi CubsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Lawton, LF4110000.269
Walker, 2B4020000.304
Lee, 1B4010013.346
Ramirez, 3B3001012.304
Garciaparra, SS2111011.242
Perez, SS2010000.269
Patterson, CF4100011.233
Burnitz, RF4010010.257
Dempster, P0000000.077
Barrett, C2011000.283
Zambrano, P3111012.259
Hollandsworth, RF0000000.253
Totals32494069 

BATTING
HR: Zambrano (1, 3rd inning off Oswalt, 0 on, 0 out), Garciaparra (2, 4th inning off Oswalt, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Lawton; Walker 2; Lee; Garciaparra 4; Perez; Burnitz; Barrett; Zambrano 4.
RBI: Ramirez (89), Zambrano (5), Garciaparra (7), Barrett (51).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Garciaparra; Zambrano.
SF: Ramirez; Barrett.
GIDP: Ramirez.
Team LOB: 3.

BASERUNNING
CS: Barrett (2, 2nd base by Oswalt/Ausmus).

FIELDING
E: Garciaparra (5, throw), Perez (10, missed catch).

 
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Taveras, CF4000022.300
Biggio, 2B4110001.273
Gallo, P0000000.000
Berkman, LF3100120.289
Ensberg, 3B3010120.298
Lamb, 1B4001012.211
1-Bruntlett, PR0000000.203
Palmeiro, RF4000003.323
2-Burke, PR0000000.229
Everett, SS3000111.241
Ausmus, C3010113.244
Oswalt, P1000000.154
Wheeler, P0000000.000
a-Vizcaino, PH-2B1000011.225
Totals3023141013 

a-Struck out for Wheeler in the 8th.
1-Ran for Lamb in the 9th. 2-Ran for Palmeiro in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Biggio (33, Zambrano).
TB: Biggio 2; Ensberg; Ausmus.
RBI: Lamb (40).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Taveras; Everett; Biggio; Ausmus 2.
S: Oswalt.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
DP: (Everett-Biggio-Lamb).

 
Chi CubsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zambrano (W, 10-5)8.132131003.07
Dempster (S, 18)0.20001003.98
 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Oswalt (L, 14-10)7.08440622.67
Wheeler 1.01000001.83
Gallo 1.00000001.69

WP: Oswalt.
Pitches-strikes: Zambrano 116-72, Dempster 13-7, Oswalt 106-77, Wheeler 14-10, Gallo 8-6.
Ground outs-fly outs: Zambrano 7-8, Dempster 2-0, Oswalt 10-4, Wheeler 1-2, Gallo 3-0.
Batters faced: Zambrano 31, Dempster 4, Oswalt 27, Wheeler 4, Gallo 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Dempster 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Randy Marsh. 1B: Jim Wolf. 2B: Sam Holbrook. 3B: Larry Vanover.
Weather: 72 degrees, roof closed.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:21.
Att: 29,978.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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