The return of Brian Bogusevic and Ryan Sweeney give Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum the opportunity to employ an all-left handed hitting outfield Tuesday night against Miami and Tom Koehler.
Koehler has limited left-handers to a .255 batting average, compared to right-handers’ .281 mark.
But stacking the lineup with left-handed hitters made no difference, as the Marlins used a pair of three-inning rallies to roll to a 6-2 win.
The Marlins snapped a scoreless tie with a three-run fifth off Edwin Jackson, who needed 34 pitches to get out of the inning and was subsequently lifted for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the inning. Christian Yelich hit an RBI double, and Giancarlo Stanton followed with an RBI single to left. Shortstop Starlin Castro committed an error on a potential double play grounder that allowed another run to score.
Jackson finished with 104 pitches in only five innings.
Bogusevic led off the fifth with a home run, and the Cubs loaded the bases with one out. But they could only muster one more run on a sacrifice fly by Anthony Rizzo.
That came back to haunt them in the eighth when the Marlins added three more runs, two on a double by Donovan Solano that sailed over the head of Nate Schierholtz in right field.
Yelich followed with an RBI single off Blake Parker.
The three-run eighth off Paker snapped a streak of 8 1/3 scoreless innings by the Cubs’ bullpen.