Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Chicago won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, May 24
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in 11
Houston 4
Game 2: Saturday, May 25
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Houston 1
Game 3: Sunday, May 26
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Houston 7

Cubs 5

(19-29, 10-14 away)

Astros 7

(22-27, 14-11 home)

    7:05 PM ET, May 26, 2002

    Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas 

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    W: O. Dotel (3-2)

    L: J. Fassero (1-3)

    S: B. Wagner (7)

    Biggio's bat keeps Astros from falling again

    HOUSTON (AP) -- For six innings, it looked like the Houston Astros were headed for their seventh straight loss.

    Craig Biggio had other ideas.

    Biggio doubled, singled and drove in four runs in his final two at-bats to lead the Astros to a 7-5 comeback win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

    ``We are getting there,'' Biggio said of his team's struggle to score runs. ``We've been spending a lot of extra time in the batting cage. It's been frustrating. But I don't care what your name is, everybody's going to have bad periods they go through. It was good to be able to come through tonight.''

    Chicago led 5-0 after scoring three times in the seventh.

    ``It seemed to be shaping up like the previous six games,'' said Houston catcher Brad Ausmus, who got two hits, scored twice and had an RBI in those final two innings.

    Ausmus finished 3-for-4, his first three-hit game of the season.

    ``We know we have a good offense. It's just a matter of stringing some hits together,'' he said. ``This was an example of how explosive we can be and it was a good pick-me-up for us emotionally.''

    The Astros ended Chicago's five-game winning streak. Cubs manager Don Baylor was upset with how his team played in the eighth inning, including outfielders not throwing to the right cutoff men.

    ``We get two outs, and can't get it done,'' Baylor said. ``A leadoff walk, you name it, we did it wrong. We reverted back to some things we've done in the past. In close games, you need every run.''

    Jeff Fassero (1-3) pitched 1 1/3 innings and allowed four runs to take the loss.

    ``I made the pitches I wanted except to Ausmus,'' Fassero said. ``Either I struck them out or they hit it. I threw too many pitches. After we got a 2-0 lead, they seemed almost dead. We went through that with that nine-game losing streak earlier in the season. With Bagwell and Biggio, that team is going to fight back.''

    Houston trailed 5-0 before scoring three times in the seventh -- two on Biggio's double -- and four runs in the eighth.

    Ausmus and Jose Vizcaino hit RBI singles that made it 5-all, and Biggio delivered the tiebreaking hit.

    ``We really hadn't done a lot offensively until that seventh inning,'' Astros manager Jimy Williams agreed. ``But Biggio and Vizcaino and all of them had some good at-bats then. I think it signifies the kind of players they are. They've been playing hard all along but hadn't been rewarded for it until tonight.''

    Octavio Dotel (3-2) pitched a perfect eighth and Billy Wagner got his seventh save in eight opportunities.

    Astros starter Carlos Hernandez gave up five runs and a career-high 13 hits in six innings.

    Chris Stynes hit a solo homer in the Cubs first. Pitcher Jason Bere and Darren Lewis doubled in the second for a 2-0 lead.

    Bere, pitching on his 31st birthday, did not allow a hit until Daryle Ward doubled with two outs in the fourth.

    In the seventh, the Cubs went up 3-0 on Sammy Sosa's RBI single. Then with the bases loaded two batters later, Moises Alou's two-run single gave Chicago a 5-0 lead.

    Vizcaino's RBI double down the right-field line scored Houston's first run in the seventh off reliever Joe Borowski. Biggio followed with a two-run double down the left-field line to make it 5-3.

    Game notes


    Jeff Bagwell is 1-for-11 and has left 10 runners stranded while batting in the No. 4 spot the last three games. He previously had not hit in the cleanup spot since Sept. 27, 1998. Lance Berkman is 1-for-11 batting third in that same span. ... Lewis has a 111-game errorless streak that covers 140 chances. ... Chicago's Corey Patterson has been successful in his last 16 basestealing attempts since he was thrown out by St. Louis' Mike Matheny on Sept. 22, 2000.

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