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  • 12 Apr
    HOUSTON -- On a night when Jake Arrieta did not have his best stuff, the Chicago Cubs offense offered more than enough support.Jorge Soler and Addison Russell homered to lead Chicago to a 9-5 win over the Houston Astros on Sunday night, moving the Cubs closer to clinching the NL Central.Soler hit a solo home run as part of Chicagos four-run third, and Russell hit a two-run shot -- his 20th of the season -- in the fourth as the Cubs built a 9-0 lead.We came out ready to play, Chicago manager Joe Maddon said. We always do, but there was a little bit of juice about the whole game. Everybody was really raring to go and I thought we did a wonderful job of getting on top like we did.Chicago extended its lead in the NL Central to 16 games over St. Louis.I think it all comes back to our goals and what we need to accomplish as a team, Russell said. You come out with team wins like we did today, you saw the defense today and offense today and great pitching today as well. Keep that rolling, and we should be good.Houston fell 9 1/2 games behind Texas in the AL West and 3 1/2 back of Toronto and Baltimore in the wild-card race.Arrieta (17-6) allowed three runs on four hits with three strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. He leads the NL in wins, and his 11 road victories is tops in the majors.Arrieta said he was feeling ill starting Saturday, and he knew he would have to conserve his energy as best as he could.From the first pitch, I was pretty much running on empty today, Arrieta said. It was just one of those things where I went out there and gave everything I had and then just really ran out of everything completely in the sixth to try to battle through it.Arrieta cruised through the first five innings, allowing a solo home run to Jose Altuve in the fourth to go with a walk and single but ran into trouble in the sixth.Alex Bregman hit an RBI double and came around to score on Arrietas wild pitch to cut the lead to 9-3 in the sixth. The Astros then loaded the bases with one out, but Justin Grimm induced pop-ups by Evan Gattis and Colby Rasmus to end the threat.Disappointing obviously to fall that far behind, Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. We had a chance in the sixth, got a couple runs, could of had a bigger inning.Kris Bryant had an RBI double in the first, and David Ross had a sacrifice fly before Javier Baez scored on a wild pitch by Mike Fiers (10-7) in the second.Baez added an RBI single, and Albert Almora hit a two-run single as part of the third.Yulieski Gurriel and Gattis hit back-to-back solo home runs in the ninth as the Astros lost for the fourth time in five games.Fiers was tagged for seven runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings. The right-hander had won two straight and allowed three runs or fewer in each of his previous four starts.TRAINERS ROOMAstros: SS Carlos Correa was back in the lineup after missing four games with inflammation in his left shoulder. Correa singled in the second and was replaced by pinch hitter A.J. Reed in the fourth.WEB GEMSAlmora ended the fifth with a diving catch coming in on Marwin Gonzalezs falling pop fly. Jake Marisnick then robbed Almora of a hit in the eighth, coming in and making a diving grab on Almoras pop fly.RUSSELL IN ELITE COMPANYRussell became the second shortstop in Cubs history to have 20 home runs and 90 RBI joining Ernie Banks. His 90 RBI are the most by a Cubs shortstop since Banks 117 RBI in 1960.UP NEXTCubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (14-7) starts the first game of a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday. Hendricks leads the majors with a 2.07 ERA. He has allowed three runs or fewer in 19 straight starts.Astros: RHP Doug Fister (12-11) starts the first of a three-game series against Texas on Monday. Fister will look to bounce back after allowing six runs in 4 1/3 innings in his last start at Cleveland on Wednesday. Air Jordan 4 Nz . 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Jane Virtanen scored two, and Alex Roach and Elliott Peterson rounded out the offence for the Hitmen (40-15-6). Brady Brassart chipped in with three assists. Colton McCarthy scored twice, Brayden Point had a goal and two assists, and Jack Rodewald also scored for the Warriors (15-35-9), who were 2 for 5 on the power play. SEATTLE -- Seahawks safety Earl Thomas broke his left leg during Sunday nights 40-7 blowout win over the Carolina Panthers and will be out at least six weeks, Pete Carroll said.He broke his leg tonight, so I dont know what that means, but its always six weeks anyway, Carroll said. I dont know how severe it is, but its very unfortunate.He ran into?Kam [Chancellor], and Kams made of steel, so thats going to hurt, and it sure did.Thomas, 27, collided with Chancellor while breaking up a pass intended for tight end Greg Olsen with 10:40 left in the second quarter. Thomas tried to get up and walk the injury off but was unable to and dropped back down to the turf.Members of the Seahawks medical training staff carried Thomas off the field so he wouldnt have to put weight on his left leg. He was later taken off the field on a cart.Carroll said he didnt know definitively whether Thomas has a chance of returning at some point this season.During the game, Thomas tweeted that he had no regrets but that there was a lot running through his mind, including retirement.He also directed a playful jab at Chancellor.Thomas teammates warned afterward not to take the retirement talk too seriously.We all talked to him. Hes in good sppirits, said cornerback Richard Sherman.dddddddddddd Hes a strong-willed dude, so hell be fine.All of us consider retirement just about every game, Sherman continued. And when you get an injury like that, a lot of stuff goes through your mind.I would think its a little bit of an exaggeration.Chancellor offered his take.When you get injured, it becomes very emotional, Chancellor said. Sometimes you say things you might not mean. Sometimes you say things you might mean. Its one of those things you just have to let him sit back and breathe, let him sit back and go through his process.People are going to take it how theyre going to take it. At the end of the day, hes going to make the decision he wants to make; but right now, its an emotional battle at this moment.Thomas had never missed a game in his NFL career until Week 12, when he was sidelined with a hamstring injury. That broke a streak of 118 straight starts (regular season and playoffs) since he was drafted in 2010.Steven Terrell will take over at free safety for the Seahawks. He has made one start during his three-year career. ' ' '