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Cubs drop lowly Astros

Derrek Lee homered and drove in three runs as the Chicago Cubs beat the struggling Houston Astros 7-2 in the opener of a three-game set at Wrigley Field Friday afternoon.

The Cubs won this game as -170 favorites, while the combined score went as a PUSH against the posted over/under (9) set by sportsbooks.

Carlos Silva scattered five hits and allowed two earned runs in his seven innings, striking out five in the victory.

Felipe Paulino gave up five earned runs over six innings in suffering the loss on the mound for the 1-9 Astros.