Cubs Pound Astros

Aramis Ramirez had four RBIs and Alfonso Soriano hit a three-run homer as the surging Chicago Cubs roughed up Roy Oswalt in a 9-3 rout of the Houston Astros.

Ted Lilly won his fourth straight start. He's 9-4. He who hasn't lost since June fifth. Lilly gave up four hits and a run over eight innings to help Chicago win for the 14th time in 18 games.

Soriano's team-leading 16th knocked out Oswalt in the sixth inning. Oswalt is 8-6. The right-hander gave up 10 hits and a season-high nine runs in five and a-third innings.

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