HOUSTON, May 7 (UPI) -- Reed Johnson gave Chicago a quick start with a bases-loaded triple in the first inning Wednesday and the Cubs went on to down Houston 6-3.
Chicago won for the fifth time in six games.
The Cubs filled the bases with two out in the opening inning and Johnson then hit a 1-1 offering from Mike Hampton to deep center. Johnson scored moments later on a passed ball charged to veteran Ivan Rodriguez and then did the same thing in the sixth.
Rich Harden (3-1) protected the early advantage by turning in a seven-inning start. He allowed three runs on eight hits while walking three and striking out four. He has not lost any of his last four outings.
Kevin Gregg worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his fifth save. Hampton (1-3), who had an RBI, gave up five runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.