Cubs 5, Astros 2

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hero: Carlos Silva (10-4) rebounded after back-to-back horrible outings to reach double figures in wins for the first time since 2007 when he earned 13 victories for the Minnesota Twins. Silva allowed one (earned) run on five hits in five innings while walking one and striking out four.

Goat: Pinch hitter Mike Fontenot was called out on strikes in the sixth inning and was one of just two non-pitchers (Koyie Hill was the other) who played for the Cubs on Monday and did not collect a hit. The Cubs had 13 hits - seven of which were of the extra-base variety.

Key Plays: Silva was aided by fine running catches from right fielder Tyler Colvin to end the first inning and center fielder Marlon Byrd to conclude the second as the Astros stranded baserunners in both frames.

Comments: Ryan Theriot hit a solo homer off Houston reliever Nelson Figueroa to lead off the sixth for his first round-tripper in 700 at-bats. Theriot, who now has 15 career homers and had the longest active homerless streak in the majors, last went deep on June 29, 2009.

The Cubs improved to 19-28 against NL Central opponents and to 4-6 against the fifth-place Astros.

Next: Ted Lilly (3-8, 3.88 ERA) could very well make his final start as a member of the Cubs (46-54) on Tuesday (WGN, 7:05 p.m.) when he opposes right-hander Brett Myers (7-6, 3.24) who could be making his last appearance as a member of the Astros.

Lilly and Myers opposed each other Wednesday at Wrigley Field. Both men pitched well, but neither figured in the decision as the Astros prevailed 4-3 in 12 innings. Lilly allowed just one run - a leadoff solo homer by Pedro Feliz in the eighth and struck out six in 7 1/3 innings. Myers, who allowed just one run on a fifth inning Starlin Castro RBI double, struck out eight in seven innings.

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