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Posted: Mar 16, 2012 3:02:33 am
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Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Miguel Tejada and Hunter Pence had back-to-back doubles in the ninth, allowing the Houston Astros to edge the Chicago Cubs, 2-1, in the opener of a three-game set at Minute Maid Park. Stephen Weiss Jersey . Pence and Tejada had three hits each while Carlos Lee tied the game with a solo home run in the seventh for Houston, which has won three straight. Geoff Geary (2-1) tossed two perfect innings of relief to earn the win. Jim Edmonds provided the lone run for Chicago with a home run in the fifth as the Cubs dropped their second straight game. Bob Howry (3-3) who came in to finish off the eighth, allowed a lead-off ground-rule double to Tejada in the ninth and Pence ripped a double to center field plating the winning run. Brian Moehler kept the Astros in the game with seven superb innings of one-run ball on four hits and a walk in taking the no-decision. Ted Lilly equaled Moehlers effort for Chicago with seven frames of one-run ball on six hits and two walks. Lilly fanned six but suffered the same fate as Moehler in the no- decision. The Cubs got to Moehler for a run when Edmonds led off the fifth with a home run to left. Lee tied the game in the seventh, smoking his 22nd home run of the season up onto the train tracks beyond the left field wall. The Astros went on to load the bases with two outs but Lilly induced an inning-ending groundout from Kazuo Matsui to keep the game knotted at one. Notes: The Cubs are just 3-7 over their last 10 games at Minute Maid Park and dropped two of three tests to the Astros in Houston back in May. The Astros lead the season series 4-3..The Cubs recalled infielder Micah Hoffpauir from Iowa and placed pitcher Jon Lieber on the 15-day disabled list..Chicagos Ryan Theriot extended his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games with a single..Lilly failed in his effort to become the Cubs third 10-game winner this season. Carlos Zambrano is 10-3 while Ryan Dempster is 10-4. Authentic Jimmy Graham Jersey . The Chicago Blackhawks came close, but failed to match it and saw their 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final trimmed in half with a 4-3 overtime loss in Game 3 at the Wachovia Center. Wayne Gretzky Jersey . The new Toronto Raptors forward scored 39 points for Panama in a 91-89 win over Canada that dashed the national teams Olympic hopes and led to head coach Leo Rautins resignation. Authentic Tony Parker Jersey . Tlusty continued his hot play with a goal and two assists as the Marlies improved their chances of winning the Western Conference with a convincing 6-2 over the woeful Rochester Americans. Los Angeles Kings Jersey . Steven Tolleson had two hits and drove in his first major league run. Jack Cust, Chris Carter and Matt Carson each had an RBI for the As, who are seven games behind the AL West-leading Rangers with just 10 games remaining. Jeremy Lin Jersey . Chicago and Detroit were rained out on Sept. 12 and tried to play a doubleheader the next day, but that was washed out, also. They did get in a doubleheader on Sept. 14, meaning there was still one game to play - if needed. KITCHENER, Ont. - Michael MacDonald scored twice and added an assist for London as the Knights doubled up the Kitchener Rangers 6-3 in Ontario Hockey League play Tuesday. Nazem Kadri and Steven Tarasuk each added a goal and two assists for London (35-11-2), which went 3-for-5 on the power play. Chris DeSousa and Justin Taylor also scored for the Knights, while Michael Hutchinson made 31 saves to pick up the win. Tyler Ennis Authentic Jersey. Jeremy Morin and Chris MacKinnon both had a goal and an assist for Kitchener (31-12-4). Michaal Catenacci also scored for the Rangers, who also had a good night on the power play, finishing 2-for-5. Brandon Maxwell started for Kitchener and allowed four goals on 17 shots. Mike Morrison made 19 saves in relief. ' ' '

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