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MLB: Chicago Cubs 5, Houston 1

July 23, 2011 at 4:25 PM

CHICAGO, July 23 (UPI) -- Randy Wells tossed six strong innings and Geovany Soto drove in a pair of runs Saturday in the Chicago Cubs' 5-1 victory over Houston.

Wells (2-3) logged his first win since April 4, a span of 10 starts, handcuffing the Astros on one run, surrendering a pair of walks while striking out four.

Jeff Samardzija, James Russell and Sean Marshall combined for two innings of shutout ball and Carlos Marmol threw a scoreless ninth for the Cubs, who clinched their three-game series at Wrigley Field.

Soto launched a solo homer in the fifth, giving Chicago a 2-0 lead, and added an RBI single in the eighth.

Marlon Byrd also contributed a bases-empty shot among his two hits for the Cubs.

Houston's Wandy Rodriguez (6-7) pitched well in the loss, yielding two runs on three hits over seven innings.

Carlos Lee went 3-for-4 with an RBI single for the Astros.

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