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Walker, Texas danger
Injured Walker saves day
After a ninth-inning double by Michael Barrett tied the game, pinch-hitter Todd Walker, limping to the plate, delivered an RBI single to rally the Cubs to the win. Carlos Zambrano was dominating for seven innings, striking out eight and giving up one run.
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Cubs 4, Astros 3
Todd Walker is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after his clutch RBI single. (David J. Phillip/AP)
Series at a glance:
Wild Card lead down to 1
Brad Lidge blew his first save opportunity since June, allowing two ninth-inning runs. Lance Berkman's two-run homer in the eighth looked to have the game won, but the loss left the Astros clinging to a one-game lead over the Phillies for the Wild Card.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: September 30, 2005
Chi Cubs (79-81)
Won 2
Chi Cubs 4, Houston 3   HOU
Houston (87-73)
Lost 2
September 30, 2005
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Chi Cubs
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2   4 11 0
0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0   3 6 1
Standings through 9/30/05  |  Gameday  |  Cubs Stats  |  Astros Stats
Theriot, 2B5110003.154
Perez, SS5120002.273
Lee, 1B3011011.338
Garciaparra, 3B4011002.284
Murton, LF4110011.323
Burnitz, RF4010010.256
Barrett, C4121010.272
Patterson, CF4000013.214
Zambrano, P2010010.300
a-Macias, PH1000010.257
Novoa, P0000000.000
b-Walker, PH1011000.306
1-Cedeno, PR0000000.300
Dempster, P0000000.071

a-Struck out for Zambrano in the 8th. b-Singled for Novoa in the 9th.
1-Ran for Walker in the 9th.

2B: Theriot (1, Pettitte), Garciaparra (12, Qualls), Barrett (32, Lidge).
TB: Theriot 2; Perez 2; Lee; Garciaparra 2; Murton; Burnitz; Barrett 3; Zambrano; Walker.
RBI: Lee (107), Garciaparra (30), Barrett (59), Walker (40).
2-out RBI: Garciaparra.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Murton; Perez.
SF: Lee.
Team LOB: 7.

Biggio, 2B5010012.263
Taveras, CF4110021.290
b-Palmeiro, PH1000001.286
Ensberg, 3B3000111.283
Berkman, LF-1B3112110.297
Lamb, 1B3111110.232
Lidge, P0000000.000
Lane, RF3000103.265
Everett, SS4000021.247
Ausmus, C3020100.263
1-Burke, PR0000000.246
Pettitte, P2000011.081
a-Bagwell, PH1000001.255
Qualls, P0000000.000
Gipson, LF0000000.182

a-Grounded out for Pettitte in the 7th. b-Flied out for Taveras in the 9th.
1-Ran for Ausmus in the 9th.

2B: Biggio (39, Zambrano).
HR: Lamb (12, 2nd inning off Zambrano, 0 on, 1 out), Berkman (24, 8th inning off Novoa, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Biggio 2; Taveras; Berkman 4; Lamb 4; Ausmus 2.
RBI: Lamb (52), Berkman 2 (82).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Taveras; Lane 2; Biggio; Palmeiro.
S: Gipson.
Team LOB: 8.

E: Everett (14, fielding).
Outfield assists: Taveras (Lee at home).

Zambrano 7.04113813.26
Novoa (BS, 5)(W, 4-5)1.02221114.43
Dempster (S, 33)1.00001003.13
Pettitte 7.05110602.39
Qualls 1.02100103.32
Lidge (BS, 4)(L, 4-4)1.04220002.36

Pitches-strikes: Zambrano 114-70, Novoa 14-7, Dempster 19-11, Pettitte 95-60, Qualls 17-10, Lidge 25-15.
Ground outs-fly outs: Zambrano 7-6, Novoa 0-2, Dempster 2-1, Pettitte 8-7, Qualls 1-0, Lidge 2-1.
Batters faced: Zambrano 28, Novoa 6, Dempster 4, Pettitte 26, Qualls 5, Lidge 7.
Umpires: HP: Ed Rapuano. 1B: CB Bucknor. 2B: Phil Cuzzi. 3B: Jerry Crawford.
Weather: 83 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 7 mph, In from CF.
T: 2:41.
Att: 41,304.

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