HOUSTON -- Carlos Zambrano tossed six plus innings to get his first opening-day win in five chances, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday night.
Zambrano allowed one run and five hits in his first start
against Houston since his no-hitter on Sept. 14 in Milwaukee. That
game was played at Miller Park after Hurricane Ike damaged the
Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez homered off Houston's Roy
Oswalt and Mike Fontenot had three hits for Chicago.
Cubs manager Lou Piniella said before the game that the
27-year-old Zambrano would get too nervous and excited on opening
day in years past. But things were different this time around. He
struck out six and walked three in a strong performance.