Tejada triple lifts Astros over Cubs 4-3



Chicago – J.R. Towles did a handstand after he was hit by a pitch in the second inning, then homered in the fourth.

Miguel Tejada added a go-ahead triple in the eighth inning as the Houston Astros beat the Cubs 4-3 Friday and sent Chicago to its third loss in four games.

Towles’ two-run drive off Rich Hill gave the Astros a 2-0 lead, and that held until Geovany Soto’s tying, two-run single in the seventh.

Houston immediately got two runs in the eighth off Jon Lieber (0-1), thanks to shoddy defense.

Second baseman Mark DeRosa booted Lance Berkman’s grounder leading off the inning, and Tejada tripled on a ball down the left-field line that caromed past Alfonso Soriano. Ty Wigginton followed with a sacrifice fly.

DeRosa homered in the ninth off Jose Valverde, who earned his first save of the year after leading the major leagues last season with 47 for Arizona.