Houston Astros defeat Chicago Cubs, 3-2

It isn't just that the Cubs lost two out of three games to the struggling Houston Astros, who arrived Friday at Wrigley Field with only one victory in their first nine games.

It was what manager Lou Piniella didn't see from his offense in the losses Saturday and Sunday that rattled his nerves, which is why he plans to juggle the lineup starting tonight against New York Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese at Citi Field.

''If you put five, six, seven runs on the board, it'...

Ryan Dempster could well be 3-0 for how well he has pitched in his three starts. But Dempster, still 1-0, knows better than anyone how difficult it can be in the bullpen -- and especially how difficult it can be closing games.

''It's going to happen. It's going to happen again this year,'' Dempster said after the Cubs' 3-2 loss in 10 innings Sunday, which included closer Carlos Marmol's first blown save. ''Hopefully it won't happen a lot, because I know how it feels. Th...