HOUSTON - JUNE 25: Wandy Rodriguez #51 of the Houston Astros throws in the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Minute Maid Park on June 25, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Astros Vs. Cubs: Houston Swept After 3-0 Loss On Sunday

The Astros head to Wrigley for a weekend series with the Cubs, as both teams are recovering from ugly losses earlier this week.

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Astros Vs. Cubs Final Score: Houston Swept With 3-0 Loss On Sunday

The Houston Astros suffer a three game sweep at the hands of the Chicago Cubs with a 3-0 loss on Sunday. Wandy Rodriguez cruised through the first five innings before running into trouble in the sixth.

Rookie Anthony Rizzo struck again bringing home Chicago's first run with an RBI single in the sixth. Jeff Baker followed with a double that scored both Rizzo and Starlin Castro to give the Cubs a 3-0 lead.

Travis Wood took it from there holding the Astros to just three hits in 7 2/3 innings of work to pick up his third win of the season. Rodriguez takes the loss allowing five hits and three runs in seven innings to fall to 6-6 on the season. Carlos Marmol picks up his eighth save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

Jose Altuve was named to the National League's All-Star team prior to the game and went 1 for 4 in his return to the lineup from a hamstring injury.

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Astros Vs. Cubs Lineups: Jose Altuve Returns To The Lineup

The Houston Astros are dealing with a bevy issues on Sunday. Key players are now emerging in talks for possible trades around the league, their record stinks, and there's a real chance Houston will receive only one sympathy selection for the 2012 All-Star game. My apologies for being a downer.

However, the young team is beginning to blossom with talent, and one of those players is Jose Altuve who reclaims his starting spot as the leadoff hitter and second baseman on Sunday. Altuve will play Sunday after missing six straight games because of a right hamstring injury. Here are the starting lineups for both teams.

Houston Astros Starting Lineup

1. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
2. Jed Lowrie (S) SS
3. Carlos Lee (R) 1B
4. J.D. Martinez (R) LF
5. Chris Johnson (R) 3B
6. Brian Bogusevic (L) CF
7. Matt Downs (R) RF
8. Jason Castro (L) C
9. Wandy Rodriguez (S) P

Chicago Cubs Starting Lineup

1. Reed Johnson (R) CF
2. Starlin Castro (R) SS
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Jeff Baker (R) RF
5. Geovany Soto (R) C
6. Joe Mather (R) LF
7. Darwin Barney (R) 2B
8. Luis Valbuena (L) 3B
9. Travis Wood (R) P

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Astros Vs. Cubs Sunday Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The Houston Astros look to avoid a three-game sweep at Wrigley Field when they take on the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. The Astros dropped the first two games of the series losing the opener on Friday 4-0 and falling 3-2 on Saturday thanks to a two-run homer from rookie Anthony Rizzo.

Wandy Rodriguez will take the ball for the Astros and is 6-5 with a 3.52 ERA this season. Rodriguez is coming off of a no decision in which he allowed five runs in 6 and 2/3 innings against the Padres. The Cubs will counter with Travis Wood who is 2-3 with a 3.54 ERA.

Game Date/Time: Sunday, July 1, 1:20 p.m. CT

Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

TV: Fox Sports Houston

Radio: KTRH 740

Online Streaming: MLB.tv

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Astros Vs. Cubs Final Score: Chicago Edges Out Houston 3-2

The Houston Astros dropped their second straight game to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday in a close 3-2 game. The Astros got on the board first and led 2-0 after scoring a run in each of the third and fourth innings.

The first run was scored when center fielder Jordan Schafer hit a RBI single to centerfield which scored J.D. Martinez, and the next run came in the fourth inning on a RBI single by Martinez which scored Chris Johnson.

Astros starter J.A. Happ was holding the Cubs bats in check up until the bottom of the fifth inning. Happ proceeded to allow three runs to come across the plate including what would eventually be the game-winning play, a two-run homer by Anthony Rizzo which put the Cubs up for good 3-2.

The Astros offense was held to just one hit over the final 3.2 innings by four Cubs relievers.

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Houston Astros Vs. Chicago Cubs: Saturday Preview, TV Schedule And More

Roadtrips haven't been kind to the Houston Astros this year. The Astros bring a 9-26 road record into Saturday's contest against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, as Houston looks to improve upon that awful road record.

Houston dropped the first of a three-game set against the Cubs on Friday, losing 4-0 in Bud Norris' return from the disabled list.

J.A. Happ starts Saturday for Houston, as he looks to improve upon his 6-7 record. Entering Saturday's contest, Happ is the owner of a 4.83 ERA and 1.48 WHIP -- neither of which are impressive figures. Happ, to his credit, has struck out 84 in 85 and 2/3 innings of work on the season, though.

Houston's bats will face off against trade bait Matt Garza. Garza brings a 3-6 record into Saturday's contest, but don't be fooled by the meaningless record -- Garza is a very, very good pitcher. Garza brings a 1.09 WHIP into the contest, to go along with a .221 average against and 4.06 ERA.

First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. CT. Televised coverage can be found on FOX Sports Houston.

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Astros Vs. Cubs Final Score: Chicago Shuts Out Houston, 4-0

The Astros couldn't get anything going against the Cubs and Bud Norris' return wasn't exactly glorious on Friday afternoon when Houston was shut out at Wrigley Field, 4-0. Chicago came into this game with the worst record in the division, as the only team behind the Astros.

But it was the Cubs in front on Friday, led by Paul Maholm on the mound where he allowed just four hits over 8 1-3 innings in his 200th major league start.

Luis Valbuena hit a solo shot off Norris in the second inning. Steve Clevenger two-run blast in the fourth for his first major league home run, and Alfonso Soriano homered in the sixth.

Brian Bixler and Carlos Lee had hits in the ninth that showed a late rally for the Stros, but this one was in the books once that rally failed.

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Astros Vs. Cubs Series Preview: Houston Travels To Wrigley Field

The Astros take the show on the road, looking to take advantage of the only team in the NL Central with a worse record in the Chicago Cubs.

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Astros Vs. Cubs: Game 1 Preview, TV Info And More

The Astros head to Wrigley for a weekend series with the Cubs, as both teams are recovering from ugly losses earlier this week.

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