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Long balls pay dividends
Cubs 4, Astros 3
Aramis Ramirez (right) celebrates his tiebreaking homer with Craig Monroe. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)
 Ramirez's blast
 D-Lee's shot
Aramis Ramirez hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth, and Derrek Lee hit an ultimately critical solo shot in the eighth to lift the first-place Cubs over the Astros. Ryan Dempster gave up a late homer but notched his 24th save, helping a strong Jason Marquis improve to 8-3 at Wrigley Field.
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Series at a glance:
HOU
Houston (61-75)
Lost 1
Chi Cubs 4, Houston 3   CHC
Chi Cubs (69-65)
Won 1
September 1, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Houston
0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1   3 6 2
Chi Cubs
0 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 X   4 7 0
Standings thru 9/1/07  |  Recap: HOU|CHC  |  Gameday  |  Astros Stats  |  Cubs Stats
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Pence, CF3000110.322
Burke, 2B4000012.224
Berkman, 1B4000010.278
Lee, LF4221010.304
Loretta, SS4000001.275
Scott, RF4112000.255
Wigginton, 3B3020000.274
Ausmus, C2000001.229
  a-Lamb, PH1000001.292
  Sampson, P0000000.154
Patton, P2010011.333
  Munson, C1000000.257
Totals32363156 

a-Flied out for Ausmus in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Lee (38, Marquis).
HR: Scott (16, 2nd inning off Marquis, 0 on, 2 out), Lee (27, 9th inning off Dempster, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Lee 6; Scott 4; Wigginton 2; Patton.
RBI: Scott 2 (60), Lee (104).
2-out RBI: Scott.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Patton.
GIDP: Burke.
Team LOB: 3.

FIELDING
E: Berkman (9, missed catch), Pence (3, throw).
Pickoffs: Munson (Ramirez at 2nd base).

 
Chi CubsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Soriano, LF3110101.293
Theriot, SS4010011.281
Lee, 1B4221011.308
Ramirez, 3B4122000.318
Monroe, RF3000011.222
  b-Ward, PH1010000.337
  1-Pie, PR-CF0000000.211
DeRosa, 2B3000022.287
Kendall, C3000003.249
Jones, CF-RF3000001.271
Marquis, P1000000.150
  Marmol, P0000000.000
  a-Fontenot, PH1000000.283
  Howry, P0000000.000
  Dempster, P0000000.000
Totals304731510 

a-Grounded out for Marmol in the 7th. b-Singled for Monroe in the 8th.
1-Ran for Ward in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Theriot (27, Patton).
HR: Ramirez (19, 6th inning off Patton, 1 on, 1 out), Lee (16, 8th inning off Sampson, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Soriano; Theriot 2; Lee 5; Ramirez 5; Ward.
RBI: Ramirez 2 (82), Lee (69).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lee; Soriano.
S: Marquis.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
PO: Ramirez (2nd base by Munson).

FIELDING
DP: (Ramirez-Lee).

 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Patton (L, 0-2)6.03321313.86
Sampson 2.04110214.53
 
Chi CubsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Marquis (W, 11-8)6.25221514.20
Marmol (H, 13)0.10000001.46
Howry (H, 17)1.00000003.61
Dempster (S, 24)1.01110013.40

HBP: Kendall (by Patton), DeRosa (by Patton).
Pitches-strikes: Patton 92-60, Sampson 31-22, Marquis 81-56, Marmol 4-3, Howry 11-8, Dempster 16-10.
Ground outs-fly outs: Patton 4-11, Sampson 2-1, Marquis 9-6, Marmol 0-1, Howry 0-3, Dempster 1-2.
Batters faced: Patton 25, Sampson 9, Marquis 25, Marmol 1, Howry 3, Dempster 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Marmol 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Larry Vanover. 1B: Tony Randazzo. 2B: Gerry Davis. 3B: Greg Gibson.
Weather: 75 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 4 mph, R to L.
T: 2:28.
Att: 40,606.

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