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Ramirez, Fontenot fuel Cubs past Astros

Apr 9, 2009 - 4:34 AM HOUSTON (AP) -- Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella joked with Ted Lilly that he picked the right night to have a mediocre start.

Lilly gave up five runs in five innings, but it was good enough to earn the win in Chicago's 11-6 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.

Aramis Ramirez and Mike Fontenot drove in four runs apiece. Kosuke Fukudome had four hits and scored a career-high four runs for Chicago, which won an opening series for the first time since it took two of three from the New York Mets to begin the 2003 season.

Piniella knows Lilly can pitch much better.

"He's a little behind," Piniella said. "His location is not good. When he should be missing down, he's missing up in the zone. And today the wind was blowing out to left field and they got a hold of a few of them."

Lilly (1-0) allowed eight hits, struck out three and walked none.

"We're going to score a lot of runs, there's no doubt about it," he said. "But I don't know if we're going to score 11 every night. I want to be prepared when we don't and I need to limit the opposing club to two runs, or whatever is necessary to get the 'W.'"

Lance Berkman and Ivan Rodriguez connected for Houston, which finished with five homers. Jeff Keppinger, Kaz Matsui and Hunter Pence also went deep.

Chicago scored four runs in the first and second. Ramirez, Fontenot and Ryan Theriot had RBI singles and Derrek Lee doubled in a run in the first. Ramirez singled in a run in the second before Fontenot's three-run homer made it 8-0.

Brian Moehler (0-1) allowed seven runs and eight hits in just 1 2-3 innings, reinforcing concerns that the Astros' rotation is shaky behind ace Roy Oswalt.

"I just didn't have it tonight," Moehler said. "We battled back a little but I stunk up the place, bottom line."

He was replaced by Russ Ortiz, Houston's fifth starter who is working in long relief until his first scheduled start. He pitched three innings and allowed four hits and three runs.

"Russ threw the ball pretty well," Astros manager Cecil Cooper said. "He might have run out of gas a little. I might have stayed with him a little too long."

Keppinger and Berkman hit back-to-back homers to make it 8-2 in the third inning. Keppinger, who was acquired in a trade with Cincinnati a week ago and drove in the winning run on Tuesday, got his first start for Houston.

"Keppinger is going to do a lot of things for us this year," Cooper said. "He's a professional hitter."

Rodriguez's two-run shot to the Crawford Boxes in left field cut it to 8-4 in the fourth inning. But Ramirez doubled in Alfonso Soriano and Fukudome in the fifth to restore Chicago's six-run lead.

Ramirez went 4-for-6 and Fukudome also had a solo drive in the ninth.

"He's been working on his hitting, believe me, been working hard," Piniella said of Fukudome. "Today, my gosh. This is the best game he's had here in two years."






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    Cubs 11, Astros 6  FinalApr 9 1:14 AM


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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CHICAGO CUBS 4 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 11 16 0
    HOUSTON 0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 6 11 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CHN - TED LILLY, DAVID PATTON (6TH), CARLOS MARMOL (8TH), ANGEL
    GUZMAN (9TH) AND KOYIE HILL
    HOU - BRIAN MOEHLER, RUSS ORTIZ (2ND), CHRIS SAMPSON
    (5TH), GEOFF GEARY

    Apr 8 11:21 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY KOSUKE FUKUDOME (1) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 9TH OFF DOUG BROCAIL.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHICAGO CUBS 11, HOUSTON 6
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: D LEE (.167, 1-FOR-5, RBI)

    Cubs 11, Astros 6  Top 9, 0 OutsApr 8 11:05 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY HUNTER PENCE (2) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF DAVID PATTON.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHICAGO CUBS 10, HOUSTON 6
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: I RODRIGUEZ (.300, 2-FOR-2, HR, 2 RBI)

    Cubs 10, Astros 6  Bot 6, 0 OutsApr 8 10:17 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY KAZUO MATSUI (1) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    5TH OFF TED LILLY.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHICAGO CUBS 10, HOUSTON 5
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: J KEPPINGER (1.000, 2-FOR-2, HR, RBI)

    Cubs 10, Astros 5  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 8 10:02 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ARAMIS RAMIREZ SCORED ALFONSO SORIANO AND KOSUKE
    FUKUDOME.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A RAMIREZ ON SECOND, M BRADLEY ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHICAGO CUBS 10
    HOUSTON 4 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: M FONTENOT (.455, 2-FOR-3, HR, 4 RBI)

    Cubs 10, Astros 4  Top 5, 0 OutsApr 8 9:58 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY IVAN RODRIGUEZ (1) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 4TH OFF TED LILLY SCORED MIGUEL TEJADA.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHICAGO CUBS 8, HOUSTON 4
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: M BOURN (.333, 0-FOR-1)

    Cubs 8, Astros 4  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 8 9:31 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY LANCE BERKMAN (1) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 3RD OFF TED LILLY.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHICAGO CUBS 8, HOUSTON 2
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: C LEE (.000, 0-FOR-1)

    Cubs 8, Astros 2  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 8 9:10 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JEFF KEPPINGER (1) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 3RD OFF TED LILLY.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHICAGO CUBS 8, HOUSTON 1
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: L BERKMAN (.286, 0-FOR-1)

    Cubs 8, Astros 1  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 8 9:09 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY MIKE FONTENOT (1) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 2ND OFF RUSS ORTIZ SCORED MILTON BRADLEY AND ARAMIS RAMIREZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHICAGO CUBS 8, HOUSTON 0
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: R THERIOT (.667, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Cubs 8, Astros 0  Top 2, 0 OutsApr 8 8:42 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ARAMIS RAMIREZ SCORED KOSUKE FUKUDOME.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A RAMIREZ ON FIRST, M BRADLEY ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHICAGO CUBS 5
    HOUSTON 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR CHICAGO CUBS: M FONTENOT (.444, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Cubs 5, Astros 0  Top 2, 0 OutsApr 8 8:38 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CHICAGO CUBS 4 4 6 0
    HOUSTON 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: CHN - TED LILLY
    HOU - BRIAN MOEHLER

    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: K MATSUI (.286, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    J KEPPINGER (1.000, 0 HR, 1 RBI)
    L BERKMAN (.333, 0 HR, 0 RB

    Cubs 4, Astros 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 8 8:22 PM