And it was anything but simple as the Cubs defeated the Astros, 5-4, in 10 innings on Sunday at Wrigley Field. Marlon Byrd tripled and scored on a pinch-hit, walk-off single by Jeff BakerJeff Baker # 6-2, 210 Clemson, SC View Full Profile that ended a back-and-forth thriller.
After Byrd's leadoff triple, Geovany Soto struck out, but the Cubs accepted two intentional walks by reliever David Carpenter (0-1) to set the stage for Baker, who smacked a 3-2 pitch to left field.
"It was big," Baker said. "It's been frustrating. The year hasn't really gone the way we wanted. To finally get three together -- and it's in our division -- hopefully we get rolling. Why not four?"