Cubs Lose Series Finale to Marlins
MIAMI — The Cubs ended their 10-game road trip Sunday with a 6-4 loss to Miami, snapping their three-game win streak.
The streak has helped build some confidence in the Cubs’ clubhouse, even though it has come at the expense of the lowly Marlins, whom they have never swept in a four-game series.
Miami took a 4-3 lead with a pair of sixth-inning runs off Carlos Villanueva, who fell to 1-1.
With two outs and Juan Pierre on second, Villanueva got ahead of Giancarlo Stanton 0-2 before serving up an RBI single to tie the game.
Stanton took second on the throw home, before manager Dale Sveum ordered an intentional walk to Greg Dobbs. Donovan Solano followed with a liner that glanced off the top of Starlin Castro’s glove and into left field, bringing home the go-ahead run.
The Marlins added a couple insurance runs off Kameron Loe on homers by Nick Green and Stanton. Dioner Navarro homered in the ninth, but the Cubs fell short.
Anthony Rizzo got the Cubs on board in the first with an RBI double, before Stanton hit a two-run home run off Villanueva in the bottom of the inning.
The Cubs answered with a two-run double by Castro off Ricky Nolasco in the third, taking a 3-2 lead.
Asked beforehand if it means much to beat a team like the Marlins, Sveum said it doesn’t really matter who the Cubs beat.
“Well, major league baseball, you can see it’s not who we’ve played so far,” he said. “We’ve played everybody tooth-and-nail down to the final out of the game. Right now we’re not putting anybody away. Whether it’s the guys over .500 or under .500.
“It’s nice to win those one-run ballgames, no matter who it’s against. We just did it in Cincinnati. We did it against the Giants, the world champions. That’s just the way we are right now. We’re scoring a lot of runs, so (close games are) going to happen on a daily basis. It’s happened 23 games in a row.”
Sveum was referring to 23 games to start a season with every game decided by four or less runs. That streak was tied for the third longest in major league history, with the 1997 Giants.