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Cubs Vs. Astros Lineups: Soriano Hits Cleanup As Chicago Looks For Second Straight Win

After opening their series against the Houston Astros with a shutout victory, the Chicago Cubs will turn the ball over to Matt Garza this afternoon. In the series-opener, Paul Maholm was dazzling on the mound, throwing 8.1 shutout innings and striking out six batters to improve his record to 5-6.

Garza has been solid over his past five starts, allowing three earned runs or less in each of his appearances. Garza picked up a loss in his last outing, although he allowed only three earned runs and struck out seven batters in 7.0 innings.

Cubs Astros
1. David DeJesus (L) CF 1. Jordan Schafer (L) CF
2. Starlin Castro (R) SS 2. Jed Lowrie (S) SS
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B 3. Carlos Lee (R) 1B
4. Alfonso Soriano (R) LF 4. Brian Bogusevic (L) RF
5. Bryan LaHair (L) RF 5. Chris Johnson (R) 3B
6. Geovany Soto (R) C 6. Jason Castro (L) C
7. Darwin Barney (R) 2B 7. J.D. Martinez (R) LF
8. Luis Valbuena (L) 3B 8. Scott Moore (L) 2B
9. Matt Garza (R) P 9. J.A. Happ (L) P

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