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Keppinger, Towles Lift Astros Over Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) -- Jeff Keppinger and J.R. Towles homered and the Houston Astros rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs 12-7 Monday afternoon.

Clint Barmes and Hunter Pence also added back to back home runs in the fifth inning to help the Astros ended a three-game losing streak.

After blowing two leads against the Diamondbacks on Friday and Sunday, the Astros' bullpen only allowed one run over five innings. Astros reliever Sergio Escalona (1-0) pitched one scoreless inning.

Carlos Pena homered run for the Cubs, who committed three errors.

Chicago shortstop Starlin Castro, who committed three errors in an inning earlier this season, made another one in the seventh that allowed a run to score. It was his 10th error of the season.

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