Cubs 3, Astros 2
CHICAGO -- Carlos Lee wants to make a decision quickly and go on with his career.
"I'll talk to my wife tonight," Lee said Saturday after he went 0-for-4 as the Astros lost to the Chicago Cubs 3-2.
"Probably tomorrow I'll let you know, because I don't want to go through this. Either I'm going or not."
Lee, who is in the final year of a six-year, $100 million contract with the Astros, has a limited no-trade clause, which means he has to approve a deal.
Lee, 36, is hitting .285 with five homers and 29 RBIs in 62 games this year. He has 354 career home runs and 1,315 RBIs in 14 big league seasons and has also played with the White Sox, Brewers and Rangers. The Dodgers are in need of offense with star Matt Kemp sidelined by a strained left hamstring.
With or without Lee, the Astros continue to struggle and have lost three in a row to fall to 32-46.
Happ (6-8) allowed five hits, four walks and three runs in six innings. But the former Northwestern University pitcher is winless in his past 11 road decisions dating to May 3, 2011.
"It's frustrating. It was a walk, a bloop and a blast, then a loss," Happ said. "It's tough taking that, but other than that I felt good out there."
Chicago starter Matt Garza (4-6) labored on the 92-degree afternoon but was backed by three double plays and some overly aggressive base running by the Astros.
He gave up two runs and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings and threw 104 pitches with three walks. Scott Maine relieved him in the sixth and gave up a single to Jason Castro, but Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano made a strong throw to get Chris Johnson trying to make third on the hit.
A leadoff single by J.D. Martinez, a double by Scott Moore and a single by Jordan Schafer gave the Astros a 1-0 lead in the third. But a big inning was averted when Rizzo fielded Jed Lowrie's grounder to first base and made a strong throw to the plate to easily nail Moore.
"That's my go-to place," Rizzo said. "Hitting's going to come and go, but fielding's going to be the consistent thing I pride myself on all the time. That's where I go to."
Martinez hit a two-out RBI single in the fourth, right after the Cubs had turned a 5-3 double play with two runners on. But he was caught off second after initially heading for third on Moore's single and was tagged out to end the inning.
"I'm not exactly sure what J.D. was doing. C.J., I don't really mind as much, he was trying to bust his tail to get to third with one out with Soriano, who's known not to have the best arm around, and he was going to his left," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "I'm not exactly sure what happened to J.D. because he was halfway to third and he stopped."
Lowrie saved a run in the fourth with a great stop on Darwin Barney's hard two-out grounder to shortstop, shoveling it backhanded to second baseman Moore for the out.
NOTES: Astros 2B Jose Altuve (right hamstring) ran sprints on Saturday and there is a chance he could play Sunday after missing six straight games.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
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