April Showers Bring May Flowers: Cubs Top Astros, Improve To 5-1 in May

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April Showers Bring May Flowers: Cubs Top Astros, Improve To 5-1 in May
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Maybe, just maybe, the Cubs are back to their winning ways for good.

On a warm Houston night with the roof open, the Cubs got their fifth win in the young month of May and have won every game in May, barring Tuesday night, when Chicago was shut down by Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum.

Throughout May, the Cubs have shown a surprising amount of precisely what they lacked in April: consistency.

Hitting has improved, pitching has been solid, and most players (Milton Bradley and Geovany Soto aside) have begun to creep out of their slumps and find a rhythm at the plate.

On Wednesday night, the Cubs showed their new swagger, as seven hitters collected one or more hits, and Rich Harden tossed seven strong innings. Even the ever-precarious bullpen managed to hold up, as Carlos Marmol pitched a perfect eighth and Kevin Gregg notched the save in the ninth.

Aramis Ramirez hit his first home run since coming back from injury, and Reed Johnson, who only had one RBI all year, notched a three-run triple in the first. Aaron Miles continued his steady improvement with his fourth double of the year.

On another note, Derrek Lee was held out of the lineup with a reoccurring neck injury. If Lee doesn't recover soon, the Cubs may consider putting the three-time Gold Glove winner on the disabled list and calling up prospect Jake Fox, who is hitting .393 with 12 HR and 31 RBI in 24 games.

The Cubs improve to 15-12 overall and are in a tie for second place with the brewers in the NL Central.

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