ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 4: Lucas Harrell #64 of the Houston Astros pitches against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on August 4, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Houston Astros Vs. Chicago Cubs: David DeJesus Leads Cubs To 7-2 Win

The Houston Astros took advantage of three home runs to pound the Chicago Cubs and even the three-game series.

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Astros Vs. Cubs Final Score: David DeJesus Leads Cubs To 7-2 Win

A night after the Astros thrashed the Cubs, the lovable losers returned the favor. David DeJesus finished the day a perfect 4-4 at the dish, while belting two home runs, en route to a 7-2 Cubs victory.

Bud Norris did not escape the fourth inning for the Astros, lasting just three and 1/3 innings. Norris allowed six runs on eight hits, while walking three and surrendering three home runs, as he picked up his 10th loss of the season.

Justin Germano picked up the win for the Cubs, pitching six and 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. Germano struck out six.

Scott Moore recorded Houston's lone RBI, as his second inning homer gave the Astros a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Chicago then scored seven unanswered runs to take a commanding 7-1 lead.

Brandon Barnes grounded into a double play in the seventh, scoring Moore.

The Astros will return home to host the Arizona Diamondbacks, starting on Friday.

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Astros Vs. Cubs Final Score: Houston Bounces Back To Pound Chicago, 10-1

The Houston Astros used the long ball and a strong pitching performance to pounce on the Chicago Cubs, 10-1 to even the three-game series at Wrigley Field.

After struggling with just four hits in their loss on Monday, the Astros bounced back in a big way at the plate with 14 hits including three home runs. Third baseman Brett Wallace hit a three-run home in the third inning and then left fielder Fernando Martinez added another three-run blast to blow the game open as part of a five-run sixth inning for Houston.

The excess runs were more than enough for Houston starter Lucas Harrell (10-8). The right-hander gave up just one run in eight innings on the mound, scattering six hits and striking out seven.

Chicago starter Chris Volstad (0-9) was tagged with the loss, keeping the big right-hander without a win this season.

The two teams finish up the series on Wednesday starting at 1:20 p.m. CT.

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Astros Vs. Cubs: Tuesday's Starting Lineups

The Houston Astros continue a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs, as the Astros look to cure their road woes. Coming into Tuesday night's contest, the Astros boast an 11-47 road record, which is actually really amazing.

Houston Astros

SS Tyler Greene
2B Jose Altuve
3B Brett Wallace
1B Scott Moore
RF Brian Bogusevic
CF Brandon Barnes
LF Fernando Martinez
C Chris Snyder
SP Lucas Harrell

Chicago Cubs

RF David DeJesus
3B Josh Vitters
1B Anthony Rizzo
LF Alfonso Soriano
SS Starlin Castro
C Welington Castillo
CF Brett Jackson
2B Darwin Barney
SP Chris Volstad

Chicago does have a few dangerous hitters in their lineup, and they most notably come right in the middle of the lineup, as Rizzo, Soriano and Castro are very capable bats, with Rizzo and Castro figuring to be fixtures in Chicago's lineup for years to come.

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Houston Astros: Lucas Harrell, Quality Starts And Meeting The Chicago Cubs

Lucas Harrell has been the Astros' most consistent pitcher this season, but he doesn't have a lot of quality starts. Plus, he faces the Cubs on Tuesday for the first time as a starter.

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Astros Vs. Cubs: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Houston Astros dropped the first of three against the Chicago Cubs on Monday night. On Tuesday, they'll look to rebound in Game 2.

Lucas Harrell (9-8) will start for the Astros. He has pitched more innings than any other NL rookie. In his last outing, he gave up five hits and two runs in five innings pitched against the Washington Nationals and took a loss.

The Cubs will send Chris Volstad (0-8) to the mound. He has not won in his last 22 starts. Could that be good news for Houston, a team that is 11-47 on the road this season?.

The first pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET at Wrigley Field in Chicago. You can catch the game on Fox Sports Houston.

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Astros Vs. Cubs Final Score: Houston Loses Big In Game 1

The Houston Astros started off their three-game set against the Chicago Cubs with a 7-1 loss on Monday night at Wrigley Field. Houston could not get anything going against Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija (8-10), who struck out 11 batters in seven innings and gave up just four hits and one earned run.

Astros starter Armando Galarraga (0-3) didn't have the same success. In five innings, he gave up seven hits and five runs.

Darwin Barney opened the scoring with a two-run home run in the second inning for Chicago. Anthony Rizzo added an RBI single in the third, and Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run homer of his own in the fifth.

Houston's lone run came on a Brandon Barnes solo homer in the sixth. Welington Castillo's RBI single in the seventh and Josh Vitters' sac fly in the eighth made it 7-1.

Game 2 starts Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. ET at Wrigley.

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Astros Vs. Cubs Score Update: Houston Down 5-0 After 5 Innings

The Houston Astros kicked off their three-game series against the Chicago Cubs on Monday night. After five innings at Wrigley Field, they trail 5-0.

Astros starting pitcher Armando Galarraga has given up seven hits and five runs. This includes a Darwin Barney two-run home run in the second inning, an RBI single from Anthony Rizzo in the third and a two-run home run from Alfonso Soriano in the fifth. That accounts for all of the game's scoring so far.

Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija has been fantastic through five innings. He's given up just two hits and struck out eight.

The Astros are sporting a miserable .193 winning percentage on the road this season. If they don't put a run together, they will find themselves 11-47 away from Houston on the year.

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Astros Vs. Cubs: Starting Lineups For Monday's Game

Fresh off a series victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros manager Brad Mills is hopeful that his team can keep things rolling when they open up a three-game set with the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Monday evening.

The Astros will look to veteran right-hander Armando Galarraga in game one, as the recent addition will be making just his fourth start of 2012 in a Houston uniform. Galarraga currently sports a 4.70 earned-run average and has not lasted through the sixth inning in any of his outings thus far, and will be looking to get in the win column for the first time since April 19th of last season.

Facing the Astros will be hard-throwing Cubs righty Jeff Samardzija, who is tied for 13th in the National League with 130 strikeouts. Houston batters served the 27-year-old former Notre Dame football player a loss back in May during a previous meeting despite his recent success however, and will be looking for similar success to open up the three-game series.

Here are Monday's starting lineups:

Astros
1. Tyler Greene - SS
2. Jose Altuve - 2B
3. Brett Wallace - 1B
4. Steve Pearce - RF
5. Justin Maxwell - CF
6. Jason Castro - C
7. Marwin Gonzalez - 3B
8. Fernando Martinez - LF
9. Armando Galarraga - SP

Cubs
1. David DeJesus - RF
2. Josh Vitters - 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo - 1B
4. Alfonso Soriano - LF
5. Starlin Castro - SS
6. Welington Castillo - C
7. Brett Jackson - CF
8. Darwin Barney - 2B
9. Jeff Samardzija - SP

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Houston Astros Vs. Chicago Cubs: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

Armando Galarraga starts for the Astros on Monday night, as Houston opens up a three-game series in Chicago against the Cubs.

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