Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Carlos Lee slapped a two-run double to highlight a five-run first inning, as Houston capitalized early on mistakes from Carlos Silva and beat the Chicago Cubs, 11-5, to begin a three-game set at Wrigley Field.
Hunter Pence added a two-run single in the opening inning, when the Astros compiled seven of their 17 hits. Chris Johnson ended 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and three RBI as the Astros snapped a two-game skid. Jason Castro belted a three-run homer.
Wandy Rodriguez (7-11) yielded eight hits and five runs over six innings to win for the fourth time in five starts.
Silva (9-4) allowed the first six Astros to reach base in the opening inning as he lost for the fourth time in five decisions – a span of seven starts. The right-hander, who was removed after the opening frame, has lasted just 2 1/3 innings over his last two outings, surrendering a total of 13 hits and 11 runs.
Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run homer and ended with three RBI, and Tyler Colvin added a solo shot for the Cubs, who beat Philadelphia in three of four games at Wrigley Field over the weekend. Derrek Lee went 3-for-4 and scored twice in defeat.