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10/03/2012 12:12 AM EDT
Astros beat Cubs in matchup of 100-loss teams
HOUSTON 3, CHICAGO CUBS 0

CHICAGO (AP) -- After struggling for most of the season, Bud
Norris and the last-place Houston Astros have a chance to finish
on a positive note.



Norris pitched six shutout innings, Jason Castro homered and the
Astros beat the Chicago Cubs 3-0 Tuesday night in a matchup of
100-loss teams.



The Astros have posted three straight shutouts for the first
time since 1986, they said in citing research by the Elias
Sports Bureau.



The season-ending series between NL Central clubs marks the
first meeting of 100-loss teams in the majors since 1962, when
the Cubs played the New York Mets.



The Astros (55-106) won for the fifth time in six games. They
have already matched last year's franchise-worst loss total.



"The team won three in a row. That's the way we're looking at
it," Norris said. "We're trying end this thing strong and play
it all the way through."



Norris (7-13) scattered four hits and won back-to-back starts
for the first time since May.



Norris pitched out of several sticky situations. He put runners
in scoring position with less than two out in four consecutive
innings but didn't allow any runs to cross home. Norris struck
out Luis Valbuena and Welington Castillo with runners on second
and third to end a fourth-inning threat.



The 27-year-old endured a 19-start winless stretch before
winning his last two. Four Astros relievers held the Cubs
hitless over the final three innings. Wilton Lopez worked the
ninth for his 10th save in 13 chances.



"I can't say enough about our bullpen today,' interim manager
Tony DeFrancesco said.



Jordan Lyles tossed a complete game at Milwaukee on Sunday and
Lucas Harrell and three relievers combined to blank the Cubs on
Monday.



Houston is 15-14 since Sept. 1 and has won its first road trip
of the season with a 4-1 record. The Astros are playing their
final series in the NL before moving to the American League in
2013.



"Either way, we're going to finish strong," DeFrancesco said.
"We're going to finish .500 for the month, and we're really
excited about the future, what's going on for next season."



DeFrancesco said Wednesday's finale will be special. He managed
the Astros' Triple-A team before he took over for the fired
manager Brad Mills on Aug. 19.



Houston is 16-24 under DeFrancesco. The Astros have chosen
Washington Nationals third-base coach Bo Porter as their new
manager. DeFrancesco hopes to remain with the Astros in some
capacity.



"If everybody signs the lineup card, it will be a special
memory," DeFrancesco said. "I'll get it framed, and move onto a
new chapter in my life. This has been a very special chapter."



Chris Volstad (3-12) took the loss for the Cubs, who fell to
60-101.



Castro hit his sixth homer of the year, sending a solo shot into
the right-field bleachers with two outs in the second inning.
Justin Maxwell reached on shortstop Starlin Castro's 27th
blunder of the year following the home run, and came around to
score on Tyler Greene's single.



Volstad was otherwise effective, striking out six and walking
none in seven innings.



Astros pinch-hitter Brian Bogusevic walked and scored on Alberto
Cabrera's wild pitch to add an insurance run in the eighth.



The Cubs were blanked for the 16th time this season. It's the
second time they have been shutout in back-to-back games, the
other instance coming July 21-22 at St. Louis.



"Not a lot of quality at-bats again, left some guys on, striking
out with guys in scoring position again," Cubs manager Dale
Sveum said. "It's kind of typifying the whole season, these last
two nights swinging the bats."



NOTES: Astros OF Scott Moore left in the second when he was hurt
diving for Castro's shallow popup. The team announced he had
irritation in the AC joint in his left shoulder. ... Astros 2B
Jose Altuve left in the fifth with discomfort in his left groin.
Neither player is expected to play Wednesday. ... The Astros
start Edgar Gonzalez (3-1, 4.15 ERA) on Wednesday. Travis Wood
(6-13, 4.39) goes for Chicago. ... The Astros are one victory
short of 4,000 wins in franchise history. They are 3,999-4,133
in 51 seasons.

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