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Rapid Reaction: Astros 7, Cubs 3

5/31/2011

Here's a quick look at the Cubs' loss on Tuesday.

The good: Carlos Zambrano pitched eight strong innings, keeping his team in the game and bullpen on the bench. Zambrano broke a few Houston bats – and one of his own over his knee after striking out in the fifth inning. The Cubs’ rallied from a one-run deficit, scoring three times in the bottom of the eighth. Third baseman Aramis Ramirez had three hits and an RBI while batting in the No. 5 spot for the first time this season.

The bad: Closer Carlos Marmol blew his third save of the season. Marmol had no slider or fastball. The Cubs’ offensive approach against rookie right-hander Jordan Lyles is not what you would draw up before the game. They failed to work the count against a pitcher making his big-league debut.

Outside the box: Matt Garza will throw side sessions Wednesday and Saturday in hopes of starting a game next week in Cincinnati.

Next: Lefty Doug Davis (0-3) takes on righty Brett Myers (1-4)