Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 8/14)

Game 1: Monday, August 13
Houston1Final
Chi Cubs7
Game 2: Tuesday, August 14
Houston10Final
Chi Cubs1
Game 3: Wednesday, August 15
Houston2Final
Chi Cubs7

Astros 10

(39-79, 12-47 away)

Cubs 1

(45-70, 29-28 home)

    8:05 PM ET, August 14, 2012

    Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois 

    123456789 R H E
    HOU 103005100 10 14 0
    CHC 000000100 1 6 1

    W: L. Harrell (10-8)

    L: C. Volstad (0-9)

    Astros-Cubs Preview

    STATS LLC

    The last time Chicago's Chris Volstad faced the Houston Astros he came away with a win.

    That was 13 months ago, and he hasn't won since.

    Volstad hopes a rematch with the Astros can get him his first win in 23 starts when he takes the ball for the Cubs on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.

    There have been 513 pitchers to earn wins in the majors since July 10, 2011, when Volstad (0-8, 6.94 ERA) gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings of a 5-4 victory over Houston for Florida. Stuck without a victory in his last 22 starts, he is inching closer to the major league record of 28 consecutive winless starts, originally set by the Boston Braves' Cliff Curtis (1910-11) and matched by Oakland's Matt Keough (1978-79) and Toronto's Jo-Jo Reyes (2008-11).

    The lineup Volstad will face Tuesday doesn't much resemble the Houston team he beat last year, but that could work toward his advantage considering stars Michael Bourn, Hunter Pence and Carlos Lee have all since been traded. This year's Astros (38-79) have lost 25 of their last 27 road games, and have totaled 11 runs in their last six contests away from Houston.

    Another reason for optimism is that Volstad, who is 3-0 with a 4.40 ERA in five career starts versus the Astros, has pitched well in his two starts since being recalled from Triple-A Iowa, yielding five runs in 13 innings to shave a full run off his ERA. Against Cincinnati on Thursday, the right-hander allowed three runs and six hits in six innings of a 5-3 comeback win for the Cubs (45-69), their first victory in his 11 starts.

    Although he'll be facing a weak Houston lineup, to get the win Volstad will need the Cubs -- the majors' lowest-scoring team with 421 runs -- to generate some offense against probable starter Lucas Harrell (9-8, 3.97), and that could be tricky.

    Houston's leader in wins, Harrell has a 2.27 ERA in six starts since the All-Star break, yielding two runs or fewer in each. The right-hander gave up two runs in five innings Thursday, but got charged with a 5-0 loss to Washington.

    "That was the best I felt in probably my past four or five starts," he said.

    This will be the first career start against the Cubs for Harrell, who leads all NL rookies with 138 1/3 innings.

    Chicago had little trouble offensively in Monday's series opener, pounding out 10 hits in a 7-1 victory -- its second win in 13 games. Darwin Barney and Alfonso Soriano each hit two-run homers, while Anthony Rizzo had four hits and drove in a run for the Cubs, winners of four straight over the Astros.

    Soriano has seven RBIs in his last five games, and Chicago has won its last six contests when he homers.

    Houston got its lone run Monday on a pinch-hit homer by rookie Brandon Barnes -- his first in his fourth big league game.

    Astros outfielder Steve Pearce was 0 for 3 with a walk and two strikeouts, snapping an eight-game hitting streak in which he'd batted .407.

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    Gameday Matchup

     HoustonChicago
    W-L55-10761-101
    Night40-7526-55
    Grass55-10761-101
    Current StreakL1W1
    Last 105-52-8

    Pitching Matchup

    HoustonChicago
    L. Harrell
    11-11, 3.76 ERA

    Last Game:
    10/1 at CHC
    6.0 IP, 0 ER
    Dec = Win
    C. Volstad
    3-12, 6.31 ERA

    Last Game:
    10/2 at CHC
    7.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = Loss

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.HoustonChicago
    1. T. Greene, SS D. DeJesus, RF
    2. J. Altuve, 2B J. Vitters, 3B
    3. B. Wallace, 3B A. Rizzo, 1B
    4. S. Moore, 1B A. Soriano, LF
    5. B. Bogusevic, RF S. Castro, SS
    6. B. Barnes, CF W. Castillo, C
    7. F. Martinez, LF B. Jackson, CF
    8. C. Snyder, C D. Barney, 2B
    9. L. Harrell, P C. Volstad, P

    Research Notes

    Astros pitcher Lucas Harrell has struggled this season away from home, going 3-6 with a 5.50 ERA in 13 starts. Harrell is 6-2 with a 2.14 ERA in 10 starts at home this year.

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