MINUTE MAID PARK
FINAL
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
CUBS
1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1  
ASTROS
0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1  
R H E
4 9 0
2 8 0
WINNING PITCHER
C. Zambrano Zambrano
#38 RHP
1-0, 1.50 ERA
6.0 Innings
1 ER
LOSING PITCHER
Oswalt R. Oswalt
#44 RHP
0-1, 3.86 ERA
7.0 Innings
3 ER

HOUSTON (AP) - Carlos Zambrano tossed six sharp 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 Houston-area.

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.