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Russell Shelled In First Start, Cubs Lose 11-2

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HOUSTON (AP) – James Russell’s first career start didn’t go the way he, or the Chicago Cubs would have wanted.

Brett Myers kept up his dominance against the Cubs and Angel Sanchez tied a career high with four hits and the Houston Astros got a 11-2 win on Tuesday night.

Myers (1-0) allowed eight hits and one run in seven innings to improve his career record against Chicago to 11-3.

Houston scored three runs off Cubs starter James Russell (1-1) in the first inning, two more in the second and built a 7-0 lead after Sanchez knocked in two runs with a single in the fourth inning.

Russell was making his first career start after 59 relief appearances as a replacement for the injured Andrew Cashner. Russell allowed seven hits and five runs in 1 2-3 innings.

The Cubs scored their only runs coming on a solo home run by Tyler Colvin and an RBI ground out by Starlin Castro in the ninth.

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