By The Associated Press
HOUSTON -- Geovany Soto didn't get the automatic home run he deserved, but it didn't make a difference as the Chicago Cubs beat the Houston Astros 7-2 on Monday night.
Soto was credited with an inside-the-park homer in the fourth inning despite replays showing that it should have been an automatic home run. The ball bounced just to the right of the yellow line on the wall in left-center field. Astros center fielder Michael Bourn scooped it up and threw it home, but Soto scored easily before the throw got there.
It was the second straight night that major league umpires botched a home run call. New York Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado was robbed of a three-run homer Sunday night. Delgado's ball was originally ruled a home run but the call was reversed, turning it into a long foul ball. The replay of that play showed it should have been a home run.
Ted Lilly (5-4) allowed four hits and two runs with six strikeouts in 5 1-3 innings for his fourth straight win.
Astros starter Brian Moehler (1-1) allowed seven hits and three runs in five innings.
Nationals 4, Phillies 0
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ryan Zimmerman saved a run or two with a quick stab to stop a double down the left-field line in the first inning, charged a two-hopper barehanded to throw out the swift Shane Victorino in the fifth, then made a tough catch look routine when pinch hitter Greg Dobbs hit a foul pop-up in the seventh.
With the help of his third baseman's flawless defense, Tim Redding (6-3) threw 6 1-3 scoreless innings and the Nationals opened a seven-game homestand with a win over the Phillies.
Brett Myers (2-5) allowed eight hits and three runs with two walks and three strikeouts over six innings.