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Box > Chi Cubs 4, Houston 1
Head Rusch: Cubs take opener
Wandy Rodriguez was effective in his big league debut, working out of several jams before Jeromy Burnitz's two-run shot chased him in the sixth. Houston's bats struggled again, with Brad Ausmus' solo homer the lone run.
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Glendon Rusch follows through on a pitch in the eighth inning at Wrigley Field on Monday. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)
Long balls from outfielders Corey Patterson and Jeromy Burnitz were all the help starter Glendon Rusch would need, as the left-hander hurled eight solid innings, allowing one run and striking out six to send visiting Houston to its sixth straight defeat.
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 Ausmus hits one out:
 Burnitz smacks a two-run homer
 Patterson's leadoff homer
Houston (15-29)
Lost 6
Chi Cubs 4, Houston 1   CHC
Chi Cubs (20-22)
Won 2
May 23, 2005
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0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 5 0
Chi Cubs
1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 X   4 8 1
Standings through 5/23/05  |  Gameday  |  Astros Stats  |  Cubs Stats
Taveras, CF3000012.252
Self, LF4010012.375
Biggio, 2B4000011.294
Berkman, 1B3000100.173
Ensberg, 3B4010012.300
Lane, RF3000020.225
Everett, SS3000000.221
Ausmus, C3111000.255
Rodriguez, P2010000.500
Springer, P0000000.000
Wheeler, P0000000.000
a-Bruntlett, PH1010000.100
Harville, P0000000.000
Franco, P0000000.000

a-Singled for Wheeler in the 8th.

2B: Self (2, Rusch).
HR: Ausmus (1, 2nd inning off Rusch, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Self 2; Ensberg; Ausmus 4; Rodriguez; Bruntlett.
RBI: Ausmus (14).
2-out RBI: Ausmus.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ensberg; Self.
S: Taveras.
GIDP: Self.
Team LOB: 4.

DP: (Everett-Biggio-Berkman).
Pickoffs: Rodriguez (Patterson at 1st base).

Hairston, 2B3110110.276
Perez, SS4010010.279
Lee, 1B1101200.351
Ramirez, 3B4010012.238
Burnitz, RF4112013.285
Dubois, LF3010010.258
Patterson, CF3131000.272
Barrett, C3000023.271
Rusch, P3000012.200
Dempster, P0000000.077

2B: Ramirez (11, Harville).
HR: Patterson (9, 5th inning off Rodriguez, 0 on, 0 out), Burnitz (7, 6th inning off Rodriguez, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Hairston; Perez; Ramirez 2; Burnitz 4; Dubois; Patterson 6.
RBI: Lee (39), Patterson (17), Burnitz 2 (24).
2-out RBI: Burnitz 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Burnitz 3; Rusch.
SF: Lee.
GIDP: Rusch.
Team LOB: 4.

SB: Perez (3, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Ausmus).
CS: Patterson (2, 2nd base by Rodriguez/Ausmus), Hairston (5, 2nd base by Harville/Ausmus).
PO: Patterson (1st base by Rodriguez).

E: Hairston (5, fielding).
Outfield assists: Dubois (Ensberg at 2nd base).
DP: (Rusch-Perez-Lee).

Rodriguez (L, 0-1)5.26441626.35
Springer 0.10000106.91
Wheeler 1.01000001.56
Harville 0.21002106.23
Franco 0.10000003.86
Rusch (W, 3-1)8.05111612.54
Dempster (S, 3)1.00000005.22

Pitches-strikes: Rodriguez 76-48, Springer 4-3, Wheeler 7-4, Harville 24-11, Franco 3-2, Rusch 108-69, Dempster 4-3.
Ground outs-fly outs: Rodriguez 4-6, Springer 0-0, Wheeler 2-1, Harville 0-0, Franco 1-0, Rusch 9-8, Dempster 3-0.
Batters faced: Rodriguez 23, Springer 1, Wheeler 3, Harville 4, Franco 1, Rusch 29, Dempster 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Franco 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Jim Reynolds. 1B: Wally Bell. 2B: John Hirschbeck. 3B: Kerwin Danley.
Weather: 50 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 14 mph, In from LF.
T: 2:07.
Att: 38,232.

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