Houston Astros' Fernando Martinez center, crosses home plate safely as Chicago Cubs catcher Welington Castillo left, misses the throw and home plate umpire Ron Kulpa looks on in the fourth inning during a baseball game in Chicago, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. Houston won 3-0.
Starlin Castro reacts to striking out in the fourth inning during a baseball game against the Houston Astros in Chicago, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
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The Cubs had the perfect foe at Wrigley Field Monday night as they sought to avoid a 100-loss season: the Houston Astros. The Astros came into the final series having lost 106, and the Cubs sounded dead serious about wanting to avoid the century mark in losses.