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MLB: Houston 8, Chicago Cubs 4

May 22, 2012 at 12:02 AM

HOUSTON, May 22 (UPI) -- Jason Castro and Chris Johnson each smacked three-run homers to back Bud Norris' strong outing Monday in Houston's 8-4 win over the Chicago Cubs.

Castro's shot put the Astros ahead 3-0 in the second inning and Johnson's blast in the next frame put the contest away for Houston.

Jed Lowrie went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Carlos Lee added two hits, including a run-scoring single, as the Astros took the first of a three-game set at Minute Maid Park.

Norris (5-1) won his fourth straight start with seven shutout innings, working around five hits and three walks while striking out eight.

Cubs starter Matt Garza (2-2) was pounded for seven runs on five hits in a three-inning effort.

Blake Lalli drove in a pair of runs for Chicago, which fell for the seventh straight time.

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