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Cubs Sweep Astros On Baker’s Pinch-Hit Single

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 24: Starlin Castro #13 of the Chicago Cubs of the breaks his bat and grounds out in the fourth inning against the Houston Astros on July 24, 2011 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL – JULY 24: Starlin Castro #13 of the Chicago Cubs of the breaks his bat and grounds out in the fourth inning against the Houston Astros on July 24, 2011 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (AP) – Pinch-hitter Jeff Baker’s game-winning single in the 10th inning helped Chicago complete its first three-game sweep at Wrigley Field in nearly two years as the Cubs beat the Houston Astros 5-4 on Sunday afternoon.

It’s Chicago’s first three-game winning streak this season.

Marlon Byrd led off the 10th inning with a deep fly ball to right-center. Astros right fielder Hunter Pence was in the area to catch it but apparently lost it in the sun. Byrd ended up on third with a triple.

Astros reliever David Carpenter (0-1) then struck out Geovany Soto, after intentional walks to Tony Campana and Darwin Barney, Baker ended the game with a liner down the left-field line.

Cubs reliever John Grabow (2-0) pitched a scoreless 10th inning to earn the win.

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