MLB: Chicago Cubs 7, Houston 1

Aug. 13, 2012 at 11:41 PM

CHICAGO, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Alfonso Soriano and Darwin Barney each blasted two-run homers to back Jeff Samardzija's strong start Monday in the Chicago Cubs' 7-1 rout of Houston.

Anthony Rizzo went 4-for-5 with an RBI single and Josh Vitters also knocked in a run for the Cubs, who took the opener of a three-game series at Wrigley Field.

Samardzija (8-10) struck out 11 over seven innings, yielding one run on four hits. He walked three en route to breaking a personal three-game winless streak.

Houston's Armando Galarraga (0-3) was roughed up for five runs on seven hits over five full frames.

Brandon Barnes cracked his first major-league homer to provide the Astros' only run.

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