Figueroa (7-4), who replaced Wandy Rodriguez (back) as Houston’s starter on three days rest, gave up six hits and two walks while fanning eight for the Astros (76-86), who salvaged a win to end the three-game series to finish in fourth place in the NL Central.
The Astros had runners on the corners and two outs in the second inning. Manzella made it 1-0 with a single, and Humberto Quintero came around on Koyie Hill’s throwing error on a ball hit by Figueroa.
Carlos Lee belted a solo homer in the third, and Manzella singled in Brett Wallace an inning later.
The Cubs, who went 24-13 after Mike Quade took over on an interim manager for Lou Piniella, had surrendered three of fewer runs in 15 straight road games…The Cubs went 40-41 on the road this year, while Houston went 42-39 at home…The Astros won the season series, 11-7…Chicago’s bullpen ended the year with a streak of 29 consecutive scoreless frames.