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Astros Hand Cubs 8th Straight Loss With 2-1 Win

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Astros second baseman Jose Altuve lays down a bunt against the Cubs during the third inning. (credit: Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve lays down a bunt against the Cubs during the third inning. (credit: Bob Levey/Getty Images)

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HOUSTON (AP) –  J.D. Martinez hit the go-ahead RBI single in the sixth inning and Jose Altuve had a solo homer to give the Houston Astros a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.

Photos from the series

The loss extends Chicago’s losing skid to a season-long eight games.

The hit by Martinez was the first for Houston since the first inning, but Justin Maxwell and Carlos Lee both drew two-out walks before it to set up the score.

Houston starter J.A. Happ (4-3) allowed five hits and a run in six innings for the win. Closer Brett Myers pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save.

Alfonso Soriano led off the fourth inning with a solo shot to left-center field that tied it at 1-1. The home run marked the first time in four games that Chicago had scored before the ninth inning.

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