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Carlos Lee Slugs Two Home Runs As Astros Beat Cubs 8-1

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Carlos Lee slugged a pair of two-run home runs to back the solid pitching of Bud Norris in Houston's 8-1 win over Chicago to close a three-game set.

Lee had his 19th career multi-homer game while Hunter Pence went 3-for-5 with two RBI for the Astros, who have taken two out of three in all four series between the teams this season.

Norris (3-7) yielded a lone unearned run on four hits while walking three and striking out seven over six innings for Houston, which has won four straight series over the Cubs for the first time in nearly 30 years.

Randy Wells (5-8) was charged with three runs on five hits and five walks, while fanning four, over 5 2/3 frames for Chicago, which has dropped three out of four.

The Cubs scored their only run in the first inning on an Aramis Ramirez sacrifice fly that plated Ryan Theriot, who started the game with a single.

Wells had blanked the Astros on one hit through five innings before the home team broke through with three runs in the sixth.

Lance Berkman started the inning with a walk and came in to score the tying run on Pence's double to left field. Lee followed with a two-run blast off the left field pole to give Houston its first lead of the afternoon.

Jason Castro and Anderson Hernandez singled with one out before pinch-hitter Jason Michaels flied out. Wells was then removed in favor of James Russell, who retired Michael Bourn to end the frame.

Brian Schlitter took over in the seventh and gave up a double to Berkman, which was followed two batters later by Lee's second homer of the game.

Houston added the final three runs in the eighth off on run-scoring singles by Angel Sanchez and Pence, and a wild pitch that scored Berkman and chased Bob Howry from the hill.

Notes: The Astros had not taken four consecutive series from Chicago since winning six straight from July 24, 1979 - May 17, 1981...Chicago first baseman Derrek Lee invoked his 10-and-5 rights Wednesday to reject a proposed trade to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim...Cubs catcher Geovany Soto was given the day off as a precaution after taking a foul ball off the instep of his left foot in Monday's game...Pitcher Carlos Zambrano is expected to rejoin the Cubs Friday for the start of their series against the Rockies...Chicago shortstop Starlin Castro went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to eight games... Wells had a 19-inning scoreless streak snapped in the sixth inning...Norris picked up his first win over a team other than St. Louis since September 11, 2009...Carlos Lee's long balls were the 33rd and 34th of his career against the Cubs...Berkman reached base in all five plate appearances, with two hits and three walks, and scored three runs...Pence has driven in a run in seven of his last nine games...Houston's Chris Johnson went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, the longest for an Astros rookie since Julio Lugo's 14-game streak in 2000...Houston has won 12 consecutive Wednesday games.

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