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Friday, July 22, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Cubs 4, Astros 2

By Bruce Levine

CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Cubs' 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros:

How it happened: Down 2-0 behind Carlos Zambrano, the Cubs used a four-run fifth inning to take command of the game. A nice combination of long ball and small ball pinned the loss on Houston starter Bud Norris. In the inning Darwin Barney's heads-up steal of third base set up a sacrifice fly by Starlin Castro. Alfonso Soriano hit his first home run since June 19, and Aramis Ramirez's 13th home run in his past 26 games put the Cubs up 4-2.

What it means: The Cubs' 24th comeback win of the season gives the Cubs another game of separation from the last-place Astros.

Outside the box: As first reported on Thursday by ESPNChicago.com, the Cleveland Indians' interest in Kosuke Fukudome intensifies. The Cubs are looking for young pitching in return.

Next: The Cubs' Randy Wells (1-3 6.71 ERA) takes on Houston's Wandy Rodriguez (6-6 3.67) at 12:05 p.m. Saturday.