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Rapid Reaction: Cubs 5, Astros 4

10/3/2012

CHICAGO -- Bryan LaHair delivered a game-ending single on the last day of the season to give the Cubs a 5-4 victory over the Houston Astros.

HOW IT HAPPENED: The Cubs loaded the bases in the ninth inning with two outs before LaHair pulled a ball into right field to end it and leave the Cubs with a 61-101 record. LaHair got the Cubs’ scoring started in the second inning with a solo home run. At the time of his homer, LaHair had 16 home runs in 336 at-bats, while the guy who replaced him at first base, Anthony Rizzo, had 15 home runs in 337 at-bats.

WHAT IT MEANS: The season will go into the record books as having the third-most losses in franchise history at 101. The Cubs lost 103 games in 1962 and 1966. The game also marked the last time the Cubs and Astros will play as National League foes for the foreseeable future. Houston is moving to the American League beginning next season. The Astros lead the all-time series 376-329.

OUTSIDE THE BOX: Reliever Shawn Camp made his 80th appearance of the season, becoming just the ninth pitcher in franchise history to reach the mark. He is the first since Sean Marshall reached the 80-appearance plateau in 2010. It didn’t turn out well as Camp gave up a game-tying three-run home run in the eighth inning to prevent Wood from picking up the victory.

OFF BEAT: It was a lineup made up of nearly all reserves, except for at shortstop where Starlin Castro started to give him 162 games played this season. He became the first shortstop in franchise history to play every game in a season. Ivan Dejesus played in 160 games twice. The last Cubs infielder to play in all 162 games was Ron Santo in 1968. Over the last decade, the only other shortstops to play in all 162 games in a season were Miguel Tejada (2003, 2004), Orlando Cabrera (2003) and Jimmy Rollins (2007).

UP NEXT: Although there is not an official date for when pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Mesa, Ariz., it figures to come earlier in February than usual because the World Baseball Classic will take place next spring.