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Byrd's Single Lifts Cubs Past Astros in 12
CHICAGO (AP) -- Marlon Byrd's 12th-inning infield single lifted the Chicago Cubs to a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday.

Starlin Castro set up the winning rally with a leadoff walk, went to second on Darwin Barney's sacrifice, and moved to third on a wild pitch. He scored when third baseman Chris Johnson couldn't handle Byrd's dribbler up the line.

Matt Garza was one strike from finishing off a five-hitter when Carlos Lee hit his second homer of the game into the left-field bleachers. The two-run shot tied the game 3-all.

The Astros lost their 99th game. Houston has never lost 100 games in a season in the franchise's 50-year history.

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