Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Jordan Lyles threw five shutout innings and the
bullpen did the rest as the Houston Astros edged the Chicago Cubs, 1-0, in the
middle test of a three-game set at Minute Maid Park.
Lyles (4-11) allowed two hits and walked two while striking out five to pick
up just his third win since June 26.
Jason Maxwell drove in the lone run for the Astros, who have won three of
Wilton Lopez stranded two in the ninth to earn his fourth save of the season.
Justin Germano (2-7) was pegged with the loss despite allowing just one
unearned run on three hits while striking out eight over five frames. David
DeJesus and Starlin Castro each tallied hits for the Cubs, who had a season-
high four-game winning streak snapped.
Chicago's rookie first baseman Anthony Rizzo left the game in the third inning
after a nasty collision at first base with Maxwell.
Rizzo ripped a grounder to second base, but a high throw caused first baseman
Brett Wallace to jump as Rizzo was crossing the bag. It appeared that Rizzo
hyperextended his left leg and was then struck in the left side of the head by
The 23-year-old Rizzo stumbled and landed awkwardly on his right shoulder, and
then remained motionless on the field for several minutes before he walked off
the field with the help of two trainers. He sustained soft-tissue soreness and
is considered day-to-day.
Houston manufactured a run in the third to take an early 1-0 lead. Jimmy
Paredes singled then took third on a throwing error by Steve Clevenger.
Maxwell then lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to score Paredes.
The Astros are 15-25 in one-run games ... Houston holds a 374-327 all-time
advantage over the Cubs ... Darwin Barney has gone an NL single-season record
127-consecutive games without an error ... Chicago went 0-for-9 with runners
in scoring position.
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