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Long balls bite Zambrano
Astros 8, Cubs 3
Carlos Zambrano allowed six runs on nine hits over 6 1/3 innings. (Joshua Lott/AP)
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Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano surrendered two solo shots in the first inning on Saturday, and the Cubs never fully recovered. Nomar Garciaparra cut into what was then a 4-1 lead with a two-run shot in the sixth, but that was Chicago's last hurrah.
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Series at a glance:
TODAY'S WRAPS: September 24, 2005
HOU
Houston (85-70)
Won 1
Houston 8, Chi Cubs 3   CHC
Chi Cubs (76-79)
Lost 1
September 24, 2005
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Houston
2 0 0 0 1 1 3 1 0   8 12 0
Chi Cubs
0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0   3 4 0
Standings through 9/24/05  |  Gameday  |  Astros Stats  |  Cubs Stats
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Taveras, CF4220000.291
Biggio, 2B3122101.266
Ensberg, 3B5132011.281
Berkman, LF-1B3211203.300
Lamb, 1B4010012.234
Everett, SS1000012.250
Lane, RF4110111.265
Vizcaino, SS3012001.247
Qualls, P0000000.000
Gallo, P0000000.000
a-Bagwell, PH1000010.255
Burns, P0000000.000
Ausmus, C5000024.262
Astacio, P3000021.143
Burke, LF1110000.242
Totals3781274916 

a-Struck out for Gallo in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Ensberg (29, Zambrano), Lane (33, Zambrano), Biggio (38, Wellemeyer).
3B: Ensberg (3, Zambrano).
HR: Biggio (24, 1st inning off Zambrano, 0 on, 1 out), Berkman (21, 1st inning off Zambrano, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Taveras 2; Biggio 6; Ensberg 6; Berkman 4; Lamb; Lane 2; Vizcaino; Burke.
RBI: Biggio 2 (66), Berkman (77), Ensberg 2 (99), Vizcaino 2 (23).
2-out RBI: Berkman; Ensberg; Vizcaino.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Berkman 2; Ausmus 2; Everett.
S: Vizcaino; Biggio; Taveras.
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING
SB: Berkman (4, 2nd base off Ohman/Barrett).

 
Chi CubsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Macias, 2B4000010.271
Perez, SS4110000.278
Lee, 1B4000011.339
Garciaparra, 3B4122000.272
Burnitz, RF3100111.260
Barrett, C4010021.277
Murton, LF2000111.319
Patterson, CF2001000.220
Zambrano, P2000002.295
Ohman, P0000000.000
a-Theriot, PH1000000.250
Wellemeyer, P0000000.250
Totals30343266 

a-Grounded out for Ohman in the 7th.

BATTING
HR: Garciaparra (8, 6th inning off Astacio, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Perez; Garciaparra 5; Barrett.
RBI: Patterson (32), Garciaparra 2 (27).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Zambrano.
SF: Patterson.
Team LOB: 3.

 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Astacio (W, 3-6)6.04332315.67
Qualls 1.00000103.32
Gallo 1.00000102.25
Burns 1.00000104.94
 
Chi CubsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zambrano (L, 14-6)6.19661423.33
Ohman 0.21112103.10
Wellemeyer 2.02111406.12

WP: Zambrano, Ohman.
IBB: Berkman (by Wellemeyer).
Pitches-strikes: Astacio 81-46, Qualls 8-6, Gallo 10-8, Burns 7-6, Zambrano 94-61, Ohman 32-19, Wellemeyer 43-25.
Ground outs-fly outs: Astacio 9-6, Qualls 1-1, Gallo 2-0, Burns 2-0, Zambrano 9-7, Ohman 1-0, Wellemeyer 2-0.
Batters faced: Astacio 24, Qualls 3, Gallo 3, Burns 3, Zambrano 30, Ohman 5, Wellemeyer 9.
Inherited runners-scored: Ohman 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Larry Poncino. 1B: Paul Nauert. 2B: Ron Kulpa. 3B: Mark Wegner.
Weather: 69 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 7 mph, R to L.
T: 2:34 (1:28 delay, 0).
Att: 39,263.

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