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Outdone by leaders
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Cubs 7, Astros 2
Carlos Lee sits in the dirt after dodging a pitch in the fourth inning. (Pat Sullivan/AP)
Brian Moehler kept the first-place Cubs in sight with five innings of three-run ball, but the Astros were denied the big play while their rivals stole the show in the series opener. Carlos Lee and Michael Bourn had RBIs, but Lance Berkman's 17-game hitting streak came to an end.
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Series at a glance:
CHC
Chi Cubs (28-17)
Won 2
Chi Cubs 7, Houston 2   HOU
Houston (25-21)
Lost 1
May 19, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Chi Cubs
0 0 0 3 0 0 1 1 2   7 14 0
Houston
0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0   2 7 0
Standings thru 5/19/08  |  Recap: CHC | HOU  |  Gameday  |  Cubs stats  |  Astros stats
Chi CubsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Soriano, LF4000123.287
Theriot, SS5121004.333
Lee, 1B5121010.292
Ramirez, 3B5232001.285
Fukudome, RF4120101.319
Soto, C5113014.317
Edmonds, CF5010001.182
DeRosa, 2B4120000.306
Lilly, P2010010.267
  Lieber, P0000000.000
  a-Cedeno, PH0000100.324
  Wuertz, P0000000.000
  Marmol, P0000000.000
  Howry, P0000000.000
Totals3971473514 

a-Walked for Lieber in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Theriot (9, Nieve), Lee (12, Borkowski).
HR: Soto (9, 4th inning off Moehler, 2 on, 1 out), Ramirez (7, 9th inning off Borkowski, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Theriot 3; Lee 3; Ramirez 6; Fukudome 2; Soto 4; Edmonds; DeRosa 2; Lilly.
RBI: Soto 3 (33), Lee (30), Theriot (13), Ramirez 2 (29).
2-out RBI: Theriot.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Edmonds; Theriot 2; Soto.
S: Lilly.
Team LOB: 9.

FIELDING
DP: (Theriot-DeRosa-Lee).

 
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Bourn, CF4021000.200
Matsui, 2B3010112.292
Tejada, SS4110015.342
Berkman, 1B4000034.389
Lee, LF4021002.286
Pence, RF4000012.282
Wigginton, 3B4110010.217
Ausmus, C4000011.207
Moehler, P1000010.000
  a-Cruz, PH0000100.122
  Byrdak, P0000000.333
  Nieve, P0000000.000
  b-Erstad, PH1000000.308
  Wright, P0000000.000
  Borkowski, P0000000.000
Totals332722916 

a-Walked for Moehler in the 5th. b-Popped out for Nieve in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Tejada (14, Lilly), Wigginton (4, Lilly).
TB: Bourn 2; Matsui; Tejada 2; Lee 2; Wigginton 2.
RBI: Lee (32), Bourn (8).
2-out RBI: Lee.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Tejada 2; Lee 2.
GIDP: Pence.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Matsui (10, 2nd base off Marmol/Soto), Bourn (19, 2nd base off Wuertz/Soto), Tejada (3, 3rd base off Lilly/Soto).

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Bourn (Cedeno at 3rd base).

 
Chi CubsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lilly (W, 5-4)5.14222605.14
Lieber (H, 2)1.21000003.38
Wuertz 0.02000003.18
Marmol (H, 12)1.00000101.55
Howry 1.00000205.96
 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Moehler (L, 1-1)5.07332114.76
Byrdak 1.00000100.00
Nieve 1.03110103.38
Wright 0.11111004.60
Borkowski 1.23220214.50

Wuertz pitched to 2 batters in the 8th.

WP: Moehler.
IBB: Soriano (by Moehler).
Pitches-strikes: Lilly 96-61, Lieber 15-11, Wuertz 8-6, Marmol 13-6, Howry 13-9, Moehler 95-60, Byrdak 9-7, Nieve 27-15, Wright 16-9, Borkowski 23-16.
Ground outs-fly outs: Lilly 4-6, Lieber 3-2, Wuertz 0-0, Marmol 1-1, Howry 0-1, Moehler 9-5, Byrdak 1-1, Nieve 1-1, Wright 1-0, Borkowski 1-1.
Batters faced: Lilly 22, Lieber 5, Wuertz 2, Marmol 3, Howry 3, Moehler 24, Byrdak 3, Nieve 6, Wright 3, Borkowski 7.
Inherited runners-scored: Marmol 2-0, Borkowski 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Ed Hickox. 1B: CB Bucknor. 2B: Joe West. 3B: Ed Rapuano.
Weather: 75 degrees, roof closed.
Wind: 0 mph, None.
T: 3:19.
Att: 32,458.

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