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Pence paces Astros
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Astros 4, Cubs 2
Chris Sampson struck out four and walked one on Tuesday night. (Pat Sullivan/AP)
Hunter Pence had three hits, including his second career grand slam, sending the Astros past the Cubs. Houston starter Chris Sampson allowed two runs over 6 2/3 solid innings. Jose Valverde notched his 13th save of the season.
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Series at a glance:
CHC
Chi Cubs (28-18)
Lost 1
Houston 4, Chi Cubs 2   HOU
Houston (26-21)
Won 1
May 20, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Chi Cubs
0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0   2 8 1
Houston
0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 X   4 8 1
Standings thru 5/20/08  |  Recap: CHC | HOU  |  Gameday  |  Cubs stats  |  Astros stats
Chi CubsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Soriano, LF4000033.278
Theriot, SS4000001.325
Lee, 1B4130000.302
Ramirez, 3B4122001.290
Fukudome, RF4000003.311
Soto, C4010020.315
Edmonds, CF3000111.176
DeRosa, 2B4020001.311
Dempster, P1000000.158
  a-Hoffpauir, PH0000100.000
  Ascanio, P0000000.000
  b-Fontenot, PH1000001.258
Totals332822611 

a-Walked for Dempster in the 7th. b-Grounded out for Ascanio in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Lee (13, Sampson).
HR: Ramirez (8, 4th inning off Sampson, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Lee 4; Ramirez 5; Soto; DeRosa 2.
RBI: Ramirez 2 (31).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Fukudome; Theriot; Soriano; Fontenot.
S: Dempster.
GIDP: Edmonds.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
E: Edmonds (2, throw).

 
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Bourn, CF3000010.196
Matsui, 2B4010011.291
Tejada, SS3110101.342
Berkman, 1B3110122.388
Lee, LF4000014.279
  Valverde, P0000000.000
Blum, 3B3110100.209
Pence, RF4134000.293
Towles, C3000012.144
  Brocail, P0000000.000
  a-Erstad, PH-LF0000100.308
Sampson, P2000000.059
  Ausmus, C2010002.217
Totals314844612 

a-Intentionally walked for Brocail in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Tejada (15, Dempster), Pence (11, Ascanio).
HR: Pence (5, 4th inning off Dempster, 3 on, 1 out).
TB: Matsui; Tejada 2; Berkman; Blum; Pence 7; Ausmus.
RBI: Pence 4 (27).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lee; Towles; Berkman; Ausmus.
S: Bourn.
Team LOB: 8.

FIELDING
E: Bourn (4, fielding).
DP: (Matsui-Tejada-Berkman).

 
Chi CubsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dempster (L, 5-2)6.06442512.70
Ascanio 2.02002100.00
 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Sampson (W, 3-3)6.27221415.91
Brocail (H, 7)1.11000103.20
Valverde (S, 13)1.00001103.75

WP: Valverde.
IBB: Erstad (by Ascanio).
Pitches-strikes: Dempster 109-66, Ascanio 41-24, Sampson 83-54, Brocail 13-12, Valverde 13-7.
Ground outs-fly outs: Dempster 7-6, Ascanio 2-3, Sampson 12-4, Brocail 0-3, Valverde 2-0.
Batters faced: Dempster 26, Ascanio 10, Sampson 27, Brocail 5, Valverde 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Brocail 2-0.
Umpires: HP: CB Bucknor. 1B: Joe West. 2B: Ed Rapuano. 3B: Ed Hickox.
Weather: 72 degrees, roof closed.
Wind: 0 mph, None.
T: 2:31.
Att: 33,339.

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