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Pete Crow-Armstrong hit first MLB home run in Cubs win over Astros

Pete Crow-Armstrong was recalled from Triple-A Iowa when Cody Bellinger was placed on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday with two fractured ribs

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Pete Crow-Armstrong hit a tiebreaking two-run homer for his first major league hit, and the Chicago Cubs swept the Houston Astros with a 3-1 victory on Thursday.

Nico Hoerner had three hits and Mike Tauchman went 1 for 1 with three walks as Chicago won for the fourth time in five games. Hayden Wesneski (2-0) pitched 2 1/3 perfect innings for the win in relief of Javier Assad.

Houston has lost a season-high five straight and eight of nine overall. At 7-19, it is off to its worst 26-game start since it was 6-20 in 1969.

First-year manager Joe Espada was ejected by plate umpire Jansen Visconti in the top of ninth.

Crow-Armstrong was recalled from Triple-A Iowa when Cody Bellinger was placed on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday with two fractured ribs. The 22-year-old outfielder, who is considered one of the team’s top prospects, made his big league debut last year and went 0 for 14 while appearing in 13 games.

He picked a perfect time for his first major league hit.

Houston had a 1-0 lead before Dansby Swanson scampered home on a fielder’s choice grounder for Miguel Amaya in the sixth.

Espada then replaced Rafael Montero (0-1) with Bryan Abreu, who threw a wild pitch with Crow-Armstrong trying to sacrifice Amaya to second. Crow-Armstrong then drove his next pitch deep to right, delighting the crowd of 29,876 at Wrigley Field.

Héctor Neris worked the ninth for his third save in four chances. He walked Yordan Alvarez and Kyle Tucker before retiring three straight batters.

Houston finished with four hits and went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. It scored a total of six runs in the three-game series.

Astros right-hander Justin Verlander pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings in his second start since he missed the beginning of the season because of shoulder inflammation. The three-time Cy Young Award winner allowed three hits, struck out seven and walked four.

Alex Bregman singled twice against Assad to reach 1,000 career hits. the latter of which dropped for his 1,000th career hit.

Assad permitted one run in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one.


Astros: The club plans to activate Framber Valdez (elbow) from the 15-day injured list and start him Sunday in the second of a two-game series against Colorado in Mexico City.


Astros: Ronel Blanco (2-0, 1.33 ERA) faces fellow RHP Cal Quantrill (0-2, 4.33 ERA) in Mexico City on Saturday.

Cubs: LHP Shota Imanaga (3-0, 0.84 ERA) starts Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Boston. RHP Kutter Crawford (1-0, 0.66 ERA) takes the mound for the Red Sox.

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