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Sampson's strength lifts 'Stros
Pitching is there, bats not
Sean Marshall allowed one run, on a solo homer, and four hits in seven innings, but the Cubs could only come up with three hits, were shut out in the series finale and were unable to notch their third straight series win.
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Astros 1, Cubs 0
Chris Sampson (pictured) made his first career start in place of the injured Roy Oswalt. (Tim Johnson/AP)
Series at a glance:
Rookie's first start a gem
Chris Sampson yielded three hits over seven scoreless innings in his first Major League start as Houston won its series against Chicago. Brad Ausmus' homer provided the only run in support of Sampson, who held the Cubs hitless through 4 1/3 innings.
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 Ausmus' homer
TODAY'S WRAPS: June 07, 2006
BOS
NYY
PPD
CHC
Chi Cubs (23-35)
Lost 2
Houston 1, Chi Cubs 0   HOU
Houston (29-31)
Won 2
June 7, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Chi Cubs
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 3 0
Houston
0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 X   1 5 0
Standings thru 6/7/06  |  Gameday  |  Cubs Stats  |  Astros Stats
Chi CubsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Pierre, CF3000000.240
Womack, 2B4000001.280
Barrett, C3010100.298
Walker, 1B4000002.302
Ramirez, 3B4000001.242
Mabry, RF3020000.214
Murton, LF3000003.276
Cedeno, SS3000011.297
Marshall, P2000000.125
a-Jones, PH1000010.307
Eyre, P0000000.000
Aardsma, P0000000.000
Totals30030128 

a-Struck out for Marshall in the 8th.

BATTING
TB: Barrett; Mabry 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Murton.
Team LOB: 5.

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Cedeno-Womack-Walker, Womack-Cedeno-Walker).

 
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Biggio, 2B4010012.278
Lidge, P0000000.000
Burke, CF1000000.280
a-Taveras, PH-CF3000003.259
Berkman, 1B3010000.299
Ensberg, 3B3000012.258
Wilson, LF3010010.273
Lane, RF1000201.192
Ausmus, C3111012.301
Everett, SS2010101.213
Sampson, P1000010.000
Wheeler, P0000000.000
b-Bruntlett, PH-2B0000000.288
Totals241513511 

a-Grounded out for Burke in the 3rd. b-Hit a sacrifice bunt for Wheeler in the 8th.

BATTING
HR: Ausmus (1, 3rd inning off Marshall, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Biggio; Berkman; Wilson; Ausmus 4; Everett.
RBI: Ausmus (14).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Taveras 2; Ensberg.
S: Sampson; Bruntlett.
GIDP: Everett; Ausmus.
Team LOB: 4.

BASERUNNING
CS: Lane (1, 2nd base by Marshall/Barrett).

 
Chi CubsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Marshall (L, 3-4)7.04113514.43
Eyre 0.11000001.78
Aardsma 0.20000007.59
 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Sampson (W, 1-0)7.03001002.19
Wheeler (H, 8)1.00000204.91
Lidge (S, 15)1.00000005.02

HBP: Pierre (by Wheeler).
Pitches-strikes: Marshall 86-49, Eyre 6-4, Aardsma 7-5, Sampson 86-55, Wheeler 23-12, Lidge 9-7.
Ground outs-fly outs: Marshall 12-3, Eyre 1-0, Aardsma 0-2, Sampson 16-5, Wheeler 0-1, Lidge 1-2.
Batters faced: Marshall 25, Eyre 2, Aardsma 2, Sampson 25, Wheeler 4, Lidge 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Aardsma 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Tim Welke. 1B: Kerwin Danley. 2B: Gary Cederstrom. 3B: Jim Reynolds.
Weather: 73 degrees, roof closed.
Wind: 0 mph, None.
T: 2:18.
Att: 42,492.

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