Astros put the squeeze on Cubs for 4-3 victory
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org June 22, 2013 6:26PM
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 22: Welington Castillo #53 of the Chicago Cubs is safe at second base on a fielders choice as Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros gets pulled off the base during the third inning on June 22, 2013 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
The Houston Astros executed a squeeze play in the ninth to break a 3-3 tie with the Cubs, giving them a 4-3 victory at Wrigley Field.
The play came as closer Kevin Gregg started the inning in a non-save situation. Justin Maxwell doubled off Gregg (2-1), then moved to third on a sacrifice by Matt Dominguez. Ex-Cub Ronny Cedeno then laid down the sacrifice that scored Maxwell.
Gregg has been perfect in 11 save situations.
The victory went to Jose Cisnero (2-0) who worked two innings in relief. Jose Veras pitched the ninth to earn his 15th save.
The Astros evened the interleague series at 1-1.
The Cubs had a chance to take the lead in the eighth when Alfonso Soriano doubled with one out. But after Anthony Rizzo was walked, Soriano was picked off second base on a throw from catcher Carlos Corporan.
They loaded the bases after that, but failed to score when Darwin Barney flied out to center.
Cubs starter Travis Wood was hoping to end a three-game losing streak, a stretch that came despite giving up six total runs. In each loss the Cubs scored no runs one run and two runs for Wood.
He had a 3-0 lead starting the sixth and hadn’t allowed a hit since the second. But afte getting two outs, the Astros had two singles before a home run by J.D. Martinez to tie the score.
Wood started the seventh with his only walk, ending his day.
The Cubs scored two in the third off starter Bud Norris, one of them unearned after a pair of Astros errors. The first by third baseman Matt Dominguez allowed Darwin Barney to reach and Welington Castillo to advance to second. Both then advanced on Corporan’s throwing error to second trying to pick off Castillo.
The third run came in the fifth on Nate Schierholtz’ solo home run, his 10th of the season for a new career high.