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Astros Hand Cubs 9th Straight Loss With 5-1 Win

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Wandy Rodriguez of the Houston Astros  (credit: Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Wandy Rodriguez of the Houston Astros (credit: Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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HOUSTON (AP) – Houston starter Wandy Rodriguez didn’t have his best stuff Wednesday night.

The way the Chicago Cubs are playing lately, it was still good enough for a win.

J.D. Martinez had three hits and three RBIs to back up seven solid innings by Rodriguez and the Astros got a 5-1 victory over the Cubs to complete the three-game sweep and give Chicago its longest losing streak in more than a decade.

The Cubs have lost nine straight for the first time since dropping the same number of games from May 8-18 2002.

Rodriguez (4-4) allowed eight hits and a run and struck out five. The victory is the 77th of his career, moving him into sole possession of second place in franchise history for wins by a left-hander.

“Wandy said he didn’t have his good fastball today,” Houston manager Brad Mills said. “He just didn’t feel like it was coming out of his hand real good.”

Rodriguez said when he was unable to locate his fastball he relied on his curveball to get through this start.

“I (came) back with my breaking ball and I (saw) with my breaking ball I can do whatever I want and throw in my spot – in and out,” he said. “I used it a lot.”

Chicago starter Jeff Samardzija (4-3) yielded six hits and two runs with four strikeouts in six innings. He hopes the team will be able to grow from this slump.

“It’s a learning experience, so we need to take everything that’s going on right now and remember it in the long run once we figure out how to bounce out of it,” he said.

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