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.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Electronics certification company makes hoverboard burst into flames
Eli Manning explains pout after Denver Broncos' Super Bowl score
Duke's Grayson Allen trips Louisville player
Nicola Griffin to appear in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue at 56
Larry Sanders considering NBA comeback