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Cubs Topple Astros
CHICAGO (AP) -- Aramis Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano hit fifth-inning homers and the Chicago Cubs beat the Houston Astros 4-2 on Friday.

Ramirez's 18th homer capped Chicago's four-run rally in the inning. Soriano started the inning with a solo shot, his 15th of the season.

Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano (7-5) won for just the second time since May 26 and improved to 16-8 against Houston, the most wins against the Astros by an active pitcher.

Zambrano went six innings, allowing nine hits and two runs, striking out three and walking one.

Houston's Bud Norris (5-7) took the loss in his first career start at Wrigley Field. He gave up nine hits in 6 1-3 innings, allowing four runs and striking out five.

Michael Bourn had three hits and two stolen bases.

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