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Lima Wins 15th, Cubs Win 2nd

Andrew Lorraine pitched a three-hitter in his season debut and Henry Rodriguez hit a three-run homer Friday to lift the Chicago Cubs to a 6-0 victory over the Houston Astros for a split of their doubleheader.

In the opener, Carl Everett, playing his first game since being sidelined with a hamstring injury, had five RBIs and Jose Lima got his 15th win of the season as the Astros beat the Cubs 6-1.

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  • Sammy Sosa, who trails major league home run leader Mark McGwire 44-42, went 1-for-7 with a walk in the two games.

    In the second game, Lorraine (1-0), called up from Triple-A Iowa, won in his first appearance in the majors this season. The left-hander allowed just three singles and retired 13 straight at one point, walking one and striking out four in his first career complete game. It was the longest outing of Lorraine's 26-game career which includes 10 starts. His previous best was 6 2-3 innings on July 28, 1994, against Texas.

    Sean Bergman (4-6) took the loss, his fourth in a row. Bergman, who had been on the disabled list since June 26 with elbow tendinitis, gave up six runs and eight hits while walking two in 4 1-3 innings.

    Gary Gaetti hit an RBI single and Mickey Morandini hit a two-run single in the Cubs second to take a 3-0 lea.

    Rodriguez hit his 21st home run with one out and two on in the fifth to make it 6-0.

    In the opener, Lima (15-6) gave up six hits and struck out seven in 7 1-3 innings, allowing only Mark Grace's solo homer, his 12th.

    Jay Powell came on in the eighth and struck out Sosa and Tyler Houston to end the inning with the bases loaded. Powell finished up for his third save.

    Lima, who won for the fourth time in his last seven starts, is tied with teammate Mike Hampton and St. Louis' Kent Bottenfield for the NL lead with 15 victories.

    Everett, who missed 20 games because of a strained right hamstring, went 4-for-5 with a three-run homer for the Astros.

    Kyle Farnsworth (2-5) took the loss in his second start and fifth appearance since being recalled from Iowa on July 17. He gave up four runs and six hits while walking three over seven innings.

    With two out and two on in the Astros first, Everett hit his 12th home run. After Grace's homer made it 3-1, Everett's two-out single in the fifth drove in a run. He added an RBI double in the ninth.

    Everett's career high for RBIs is six, set June 20 against Montreal.

    Russ Johnson hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth.


  • The doubleheader was a makeup of a rain-delayed game April 22.
  • Before the first game began, the Cubs called up utility man Chad Meyers from Triple-A Iowa and optioned pitcher Ray King to the minor league team. Meyers made his major league debut in the first game, starting in center field and leading off.
  • Lorraine was 9-8 with a 3.71 ERA in 22 games at Iowa. The Cubs placed outfielder Curtis Goodwin on waivers to make room for Lorraine, and Goodwin was claimed by Toronto.
  • Astros infielder Ricky Gutierrez was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A New Orleans. Gutierrez has been on the disabled list since July 10 following surgery to repair the hamate bone in his left hand.
  • The Astros optioned pitcher Jose Cabrera to New Orleans to make room for Bergman.

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