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Lilly Shines as Cubs Blank Houston
CHICAGO (AP) -- Ted Lilly pitched eight shutout innings to reach the 10-win mark for the seventh consecutive season and Derrek Lee hit a two-run homer Wednesday, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 2-0 victory over the Houston Astros.

Lilly (10-8) allowed only four hits in joining Mark Buehrle, CC Sabathia and Johan Santana as the only active left-handers with 10 or more wins in seven straight years.

Carlos Marmol pitched the ninth inning for his eighth save. He walked Hunter Pence with one out and gave up Carlos Lee's single before retiring Miguel Tejada and Geoff Blum.

Lilly, who is 7-1 with a 1.72 ERA at home, walked none, struck out five and didn't allow any Houston runners past second base. He has beaten Houston four times this season.

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