8:05 PM ET, September 13, 2007
Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
• Summary: Steve Trachsel allowed two runs on seven hits over five innings to earn his first win with the Cubs since Oct. 3, 1999. Alfonso Soriano, Aramis Ramirez, Daryle Ward and Cliff Floyd all homered for the Cubs to lead the offense.
• Rough start: Astros starter Woody Williams allowed six earned runs on 11 hits over seven innings, including four home runs. It was the first time he's allowed four homers since 2003.
• Going deep: Soriano has three leadoff homers in September. He's the only major league player to hit at least eight leadoff homers in four seasons. The Cubs have 20 homers in 12 games in September.
• Figure this: The Astros have lost seven of their last eight games. The Cubs improved to 5-18-2 in series when they lose the first game.
• Hunt For October: Chicago's win put them in the NL Central lead, a half-game ahead of the idle Brewers.
• Quotable: "I was kind of glad, for more reasons than one, that we scored four runs in the first. It took me a while to calm down, to get the adrenaline level down a little bit, so I had a little bit of control when I went out there." -- Trachsel
-- ESPN.com news services
Cubs 6, Astros 2
The Cubs improved to 5-18-2 in series when they lose the first game. ... Soriano has three leadoff homers in September. He's the only major league player to hit at least eight leadoff homers in four seasons. ... Ward replaced 1B Derrek Lee in the starting lineup. Lee was a late scratch because of a sore right knee. ... Hunter Pence set a Houston rookie record with his 29th double. ... The Cubs have 20 homers in 12 games in September.
Regular Season Series
|Chicago leads 8-7 (as of Thu 9/13)|
|Mon 4/9||HOU 5, @CHC 3||Recap|
|Tue 4/10||HOU 4, @CHC 2||Recap|
|Mon 6/11||@CHC 2, HOU 1||Recap|
|Fri 7/13||@CHC 6, HOU 0||Recap|
|Sat 7/14||@CHC 9, HOU 3||Recap|
|Sun 7/15||@CHC 7, HOU 6||Recap|
|Mon 8/6||@HOU 2, CHC 1||Recap|
|Tue 8/7||@HOU 5, CHC 2||Recap|
|Wed 8/8||@HOU 8, CHC 2||Recap|
|Fri 8/31||HOU 6, @CHC 1||Recap|
|Sat 9/1||@CHC 4, HOU 3||Recap|
|Sun 9/2||@CHC 6, HOU 5|
|Tue 9/11||@HOU 5, CHC 4||Recap|
|Wed 9/12||CHC 3, @HOU 2||Recap|
|» Thu 9/13||CHC 6, @HOU 2||Box Score|
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|1st||A Soriano homered to left.||1||0|
|1st||A Ramirez homered to left, M Fontenot and C Floyd scored.||4||0|
|4th||C Lee homered to left.||4||1|
|4th||M Loretta homered to left.||4||2|
|5th||D Ward homered to right.||5||2|
|7th||C Floyd homered to right.||6||2|
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|Stadium||Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX|
|Attendance||34,234 (81.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Mike Reilly|