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Bridgeview, IL (Sports Network) – The Chicago Fire kept its slim playoff hopes
alive on Friday with a 2-0 win over the Columbus Crew at Toyota Park. J.J. Watt Womens Jersey . The Fire entered
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and goals from Peter Lowry on the half-hour mark and Brian McBride early in the
second half propelled Chicago to just its second win in the last 10 games.
Columbus could have moved past Red Bull New York with a win to take over the top
spot in the Eastern Conference, but the club extended its winless streak to five
games as it remains one point behind New York. Following a slow start to the
match Patrick Nyarko helped bring the game to life with a little flick into the
path of Lowry, who got into the penalty area, cut the ball back past a defender
and curled a shot inside the left post with the outside of his right foot.
Columbus failed to produce any real chances in the opening half and the club
almost found itself down two goals at halftime as Marco Pappa held off a pair of
defenders at the top of the box and saw his shot come back off the post.
However, the home side was able to double its lead in the 53rd minute with
Nyarko providing a low cross into the area for McBride to redirect just under
the crossbar from eight yards. Andrew Dykstra was making his first start in goal
for the Fire since July 8, but he wasnt tested until the 65th minute when a low
drive from Frankie Hejduk was stopped by the legs of the keeper. Guillermo
Barros Schelotto should have scored nine minutes later when he missed the net
from eight yards, while the clean sheet was preserved for Chicago in the 90th
minute when the Crews Kevin Burns beat Dykstra with a shot from close range, but
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20-year-old midfielder Sime Vrsaljko for Ivo Ilicevic, who pulled his left calf
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. According to Yahoo! Sports, Adrian Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia were “the most
vocal” at a July 27 meeting in New York. Asked about the meeting, Valentine said
Tuesday, “Im glad July is over because they are still playing for me. J.J. Watt Jersey . No, he isnt returning to
the sport he conquered—not now, anyway. Instead, Gretzky was content to say
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Flames bench boss told The Edmonton Journal on that he has not been asked to
coach the Edmonton Oilers and hasnt even had an interview.CHICAGO—
Jeff Samardzija did the pitching, teammate Matt Garza did the counting.
Samardzija struck out a career high-tying 11 in seven innings and the Chicago
Cubs beat the Houston Astros 7-1 on Monday night. Samardzija (8-10) allowed one
run and four hits. He also fanned 11 at Atlanta on July 2. After striking out
the side in the fourth, he fanned Jason Castro leading off the fifth for his
fifth consecutive strikeout. “I knew I was on a good run in middle of the game,
but Garza came up to me after the game and said, Cant get that elusive 12.
Whatever. He has a way of letting me know. If anyone is not paying attention, he
is.” Darwin Barney and Alfonso Soriano hit two-run homers and Anthony Rizzo had
four hits for the Cubs. Chicago won for just the second time in 13 games. The
Astros have lost 25 of its last 27 road games. The crowd of 31,452 was the
smallest of the season at Wrigley Field. The Astros, who have the worst record
in the majors, got their run on the first career homer by rookie Brandon Barnes,
a pinch-hit shot in the sixth. Armando Galarraga (0-3) was tagged for five runs
and seven hits. “Two home runs cost me the game. Believe it or not, it was a
better start than the last couple. I threw more strikes, threw everything I
wanted to. I just missed those two. Soriano, it was the first pitch. He got me.
The first one hurt because it was a bad pitch,” Galarraga said. Samardzija came
into the game with the seecond-lowest run support in the majors at 3. Andre Johnson Jersey. 19. Chicago had scored
two or fewer runs for him in 11 of his last 12 outings. “Sure. Its something to
think about when a teammate is out there battling, picking up quality starts and
youre not scoring any runs for him,” Barney said. Starlin Castro led off the
Cubs second with a single and two outs later, Barney hit his sixth homer. “The
big thing in the second inning was the inability to make some pitches. We had
Castro 0-2 and he singled to start that rally. Then Barney hit the two-run
homer, and the second home run from Soriano really put us in a hole,” Astros
manager Brad Mills. In the third, Rizzo singled home Josh Vitters to give
Samardzija a three-run cushion. After Rizzo singled in the fifth, Soriano hit
his 21st home run. Welington Castillo had an RBI infield single in the seventh
and Vitters drove in Barney with a sacrifice fly in the eighth. Barnes, called
up from the minors on Aug. 7, homered in his fourth big league game. NOTES:
Lucas Harrell, Tuesdays scheduled starter for Houston, will try for his 10th win
of the season. He ranks first among NL rookies in innings pitched. ... Cubs
starter Chris Volstad will try to win his first game since July 10, 2011, on
Tuesday. He has not won in 22 starts. ... Astros C Jason Castro was back in the
lineup after missing nearly a month with a right knee contusion. He was 1 for 4
and struck out three times. ’ ’ ’ 

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