Randy Wells became the first Cubs rookie pitcher to reach double-digit wins since Kerry Wood in 1998, picking up his 10th on Tuesday in Chicago's 4-1 win over the Houston Astros.
Milton Bradley hit a solo homer and scored on Aramis Ramirez's RBI single to back Wells (10-7), who gave up seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. Wells is the sixth Cubs rookie to reach double-digit wins since 1970, joining Wood, Mike Harkey, Geremi Gonzalez, Burt Hooton and Rick Reuschel.
The only run off Wells came in the Astros' seventh and was unearned. Kaz Matsui singled, stole second, moved up on an error by second baseman Jeff Baker, and tallied on a groundout by Chris Coste.
Bradley belted his 12th homer with one out in the Chicago fourth. Alfonso Soriano, making his first start in three games after receiving a cortisone shot in his left knee, singled with one out in the fifth. He reached third on a throwing error by shortstop Miguel Tejada, who misplayed Jeff Baker's ball. Koyie Hill then hit an RBI single to make it 2-0.
Bradley singled to lead off the sixth and reached third on an error by right fielder Hunter Pence, who couldn't get his glove on Derrek Lee's fly ball. Bradley scored on Ramirez's single. Kosuke Fukudome added an RBI double with one out in the eighth.
The win was the Cubs' ninth in their last 25 games, and they began the day six games back in the National League Wild Card. The goal for the Cubs' final 32 games?
"Win as many games as we can, play as well as we can," Chicago manager Lou Piniella said. "That's what I'm looking for and nothing else. We'll see where that takes us."