Chicago vs Houston Final: 5-4 - Recap

Houston dropped a 5-4 decision at Minute Maid Park on Monday as Chicago legged out a win behind winning pitcher Ryan Dempster.

Chicago was favored by -128 and came through for bettors backing them. The game went OVER the consensus closing total of 8.5.

Ryan Dempster earned the victory for the Cubs, throwing 6 1/3 innings of work, striking out 9, walking 3, and allowing 6 hits and 4 earned runs. That effort was supported by 2 RBIs from Marlon Byrd in the win.

Houston's starting pitcher Nelson Figueroa worked 4 innings, giving up 8 hits and 5 earned runs while striking out 3 in the loss. They got 2 hits from Carlos Lee in a losing cause.

Houston outhit their counterparts 10-8 in the game.

Carlos Marmol pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for the save. He struck out 3 and allowed 1 hit in his outing.