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Slam by Ramirez Leads Cubs to Win Over Astros
HOUSTON (AP) -- Aramis Ramirez hit his first grand slam in more than two years and Marlon Byrd drove in three runs as the Chicago Cubs beat the Houston Astros 8-3 on Saturday night.

Carlos Zambrano (11-6) pitched 6 1-3 innings for the Cubs, who have won five of six.

Chicago was leading 4-0 before Ramirez's first slam since August 2008 stretched the lead and chased Astros starter J.A. Happ in the fourth.

Happ (6-4) allowed a season high eight hits, tied season and career highs with seven earned runs and walked five in three-plus innings.

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