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Cubs 6, Astros 1
Jose Castillo avoids a Ted Lilly pitch in the fifth inning. (Darren Hauck/AP)
Mark Loretta broke the Astros' hitless funk with a single in the seventh, but it was too little too late, as Brian Moehler yielded five runs over five frames in Houston's second straight defeat to the Cubs. The loss left the Astros 2 1/2-games behind Milwaukee in the NL Wild Card race.
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Series at a glance:
  • Fri. 09/12: PPD
  • Sat. 09/13: PPD
  • Sun. 09/14: CHC 5, HOU 0
  • Mon. 09/15: CHC 6, HOU 1
CHC
Chi Cubs (90-58)
Won 4
Chi Cubs 6, Houston 1   HOU
Houston (80-69)
Lost 2
September 15, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Chi Cubs
1 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 0   6 7 1
Houston
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0   1 1 0
Standings thru 9/15/08  |  Recap: CHC | HOU  |  Gameday  |  Cubs stats  |  Astros stats
Chi Cubs AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Soriano, A, LF 4 1 1 0 0 2 1 .289
Fontenot, 2B 3 1 0 0 1 1 1 .294
Lee, D, 1B 4 1 2 2 0 2 0 .294
Ramirez, Ar, 3B 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 .280
Hoffpauir, M, RF 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .319
  a-Johnson, R, PH-RF 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .300
  Marmol, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Howry, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Soto, G, C 4 1 1 2 0 1 0 .288
Edmonds, CF 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 .233
Cedeno, R, SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .280
Lilly, P 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .172
  Samardzija, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  DeRosa, RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .282
Totals 33 6 7 6 2 8 6  

a-Flied out for Hoffpauir, M in the 6th.

BATTING
HR: Edmonds (18, 5th inning off Moehler, 0 on, 1 out), Lee, D (19, 6th inning off Moehler, 1 on, 0 out), Soto, G (22, 6th inning off Sampson, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Ramirez, Ar; Soto, G 4; Lilly; Lee, D 5; Soriano, A; Edmonds 4.
RBI: Ramirez, Ar (105), Edmonds (51), Lee, D 2 (86), Soto, G 2 (83).
SF: Ramirez, Ar.
Team LOB: 3.

FIELDING
E: Ramirez, Ar (18, fielding).
Pickoffs: Lilly (Berkman at 1st base).

 
Houston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Abercrombie, CF 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .300
  d-Blum, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .233
  Wright, W, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Loretta, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .276
Tejada, M, SS 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .284
Berkman, 1B 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 .322
Pence, RF 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 .269
Castillo, Jo, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 .245
Erstad, LF-CF 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 .280
Quintero, C 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .223
  a-Ausmus, PH-C 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .219
Moehler, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .023
  Byrdak, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167
  Sampson, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .136
  b-Saccomanno, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .250
  Brocail, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Hawkins, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  c-Newhan, PH-LF 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .250
Totals 27 1 1 1 3 10 8  

a-Flied out for Quintero in the 6th. b-Struck out for Sampson in the 6th. c-Hit a sacrifice fly for Hawkins in the 8th. d-Struck out for Abercrombie in the 8th.

BATTING
TB: Loretta.
RBI: Newhan (12).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pence; Blum.
SF: Newhan.
Team RISP: 0-for-4.
Team LOB: 3.

BASERUNNING
CS: Berkman (4, 2nd base by Lilly/Soto, G).
PO: Berkman (1st base by Lilly).

 
Chi Cubs IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Lilly (W, 15-9) 7.0 1 0 0 1 9 0 4.13
Samardzija 0.1 0 1 1 2 0 0 2.31
Marmol 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.63
Howry 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.45
 
Houston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Moehler (L, 11-7) 5.0 6 5 5 1 4 2 4.33
Byrdak 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.18
Sampson 0.2 1 1 1 1 0 1 4.25
Brocail 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4.15
Hawkins 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.25
Wright, W 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.94

Moehler pitched to 3 batters in the 6th.

Game Scores: Lilly , Moehler .
WP: Marmol.
Pitches-strikes: Lilly 88-58, Samardzija 15-7, Marmol 15-10, Howry 15-10, Moehler 88-55, Byrdak 1-1, Sampson 15-8, Brocail 9-7, Hawkins 10-7, Wright, W 14-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Lilly 5-2, Samardzija 1-0, Marmol 0-0, Howry 1-2, Moehler 5-3, Byrdak 0-1, Sampson 0-2, Brocail 0-1, Hawkins 2-0, Wright, W 0-0.
Batters faced: Lilly 23, Samardzija 3, Marmol 2, Howry 3, Moehler 22, Byrdak 1, Sampson 4, Brocail 3, Hawkins 3, Wright, W 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Marmol 2-1, Byrdak 1-0, Sampson 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Jim Joyce. 1B: Jeff Nelson. 2B: Mike Estabrook. 3B: Tim Tschida.
Weather: 59 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 7 mph, Out to CF.
T: 2:49.
Att: 15,158.
Venue: Miller Park.
September 15, 2008
September 15, 2008

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