Astros 7, Cubs 3

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Hero: Tyler Colvin went 2-for-4 with his fifth triple of the season and drove in a pair.

Goat: Carlos Silva (10-6), making his first start since Aug. 1, was battered for six runs - all earned - on nine hits in five innings while striking out four and walking one. The veteran left-hander gave up Brett Wallace's first career home run in the second inning.

Key Play: Michael Bourn (3-for-4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI) hit a two-out, two-run double off Silva in the second to give Houston a 4-2 advantage.

Comments: Kosuke Fukudome went 2-for-4 with a double and is hitting .344 with a 1.042 OPS since the All-Star break. Fukudome has had eight multi-hit games since Aug. 10.

The third-place Astros (65-73) improved to 37-25 against NL Central foes. First-place Cincinnati is the only team in the division with a better intradivisional record. The fifth-place Cubs (60-79) are 26-40 against the Central. Only the last-place Pirates have fared worse.

Next: The Cubs will aim for their fourth series victory in five series under the direction of Mike Quade on Wednesday (CSN+, 7:05 p.m.) when they send Randy Wells (6-12, 4.56 ERA) against Houston ace Brett Myers (10-7, 3.02).

Wells, who did not figure in the decision, was tagged for three runs in the first inning of his last start, on Friday against the New York Mets. Wells has allowed 21 runs in the first inning in his 28 starts this season for an ERA of 7.00 in the opening frame.

Myers has worked six or more innings in all 28 of his starts this season - a franchise record for such starts from the opening of a season.

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