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Resounding response
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Astros 4, Cubs 3
J.R. Towles (right) chipped in with a two-run homer. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)
Miguel Tejada broke a tie game in the eighth with an RBI triple and scored on Ty Wigginton's sac fly to lift the Astros over the Cubs. Chris Sampson, who entered 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA vs. the Cubs, blanked the hosts through six before allowing two runs, and J.R. Towles hit a two-run homer.
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Series at a glance:
HOU
Houston (2-3)
Won 1
Houston 4, Chi Cubs 3   CHC
Chi Cubs (1-3)
Lost 1
April 4, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Houston
0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0   4 5 0
Chi Cubs
0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1   3 9 1
Standings thru 4/4/08  |  Recap: HOU | CHC  |  Gameday  |  Astros stats  |  Cubs stats
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Bourn, CF4000120.133
Pence, RF4000001.182
Berkman, 1B4110001.250
Lee, LF4010002.190
Tejada, SS4121012.263
Wigginton, 3B2001110.176
Loretta, 2B3100102.214
Towles, C3112000.231
Sampson, P3000013.000
  Wright, P0000000.000
  Brocail, P0000000.000
  a-Erstad, PH1000000.000
  Valverde, P0000000.000
Totals324543511 

a-Flied out for Brocail in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Tejada (2, Hill, R).
3B: Tejada (1, Lieber).
HR: Towles (1, 4th inning off Hill, R, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Berkman; Lee; Tejada 5; Towles 4.
RBI: Towles 2 (3), Tejada (2), Wigginton (2).
2-out RBI: Towles 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sampson 2; Tejada.
SF: Wigginton.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
DP: (Tejada-Loretta-Berkman).

 
Chi CubsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Soriano, LF-2B4000001.059
Theriot, SS4010001.222
Lee, 1B4010000.222
Ramirez, 3B4110012.154
  Wuertz, P0000000.000
Fukudome, RF4120000.500
DeRosa, 2B-3B4121003.333
Soto, C4012001.167
Pie, CF4000001.200
Hill, R, P1000010.000
  a-Johnson, PH10100001.000
  Lieber, P0000000.000
  b-Cedeno, PH0000000.000
  c-Ward, PH-LF1000000.000
Totals35393029 

a-Doubled for Hill, R in the 6th. b-Batted for Lieber in the 8th. c-Grounded out for Cedeno in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Johnson (1, Sampson).
HR: DeRosa (1, 9th inning off Valverde, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Theriot; Lee; Ramirez; Fukudome 2; DeRosa 5; Soto; Johnson 2.
RBI: Soto 2 (4), DeRosa (2).
2-out RBI: Soto 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Theriot; Ramirez.
GIDP: DeRosa.
Team LOB: 5.

FIELDING
E: DeRosa (1, fielding).

 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Sampson 6.26220102.70
Wright (W, 1-0)0.10000000.00
Brocail (H, 1)1.02000100.00
Valverde (S, 1)1.01110016.00
 
Chi CubsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hill, R 6.04223413.00
Lieber (L, 0-1)2.01200100.00
Wuertz 1.00000000.00

HBP: Towles (by Hill, R).
Pitches-strikes: Sampson 71-49, Wright 7-5, Brocail 18-12, Valverde 12-8, Hill, R 88-53, Lieber 24-20, Wuertz 14-9.
Ground outs-fly outs: Sampson 10-9, Wright 1-0, Brocail 1-1, Valverde 0-3, Hill, R 6-8, Lieber 3-2, Wuertz 2-1.
Batters faced: Sampson 25, Wright 1, Brocail 5, Valverde 4, Hill, R 26, Lieber 8, Wuertz 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Wright 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Charlie Reliford. 1B: Kerwin Danley. 2B: Brian Runge. 3B: Chris Guccione.
Weather: 43 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 10 mph, In from LF.
T: 2:26.
Att: 37,812.

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