Cubs beats Marlins in 13 innings

MIAMI — Shortstop Starlin Castro ripped a three-run home run to highlight a four-run sixth inning Monday night.

But the Chicago Cubs couldn’t muster any additional offense until the 13th inning, and it came from the depths of their bench.

Travis Wood, who pitched eight shutout innings Sunday, hit a pinch-hit double down the left field line to score Junior Lake and give the Cubs a 5-4 victory.

Wood is 8 for 29 (.275) with two home runs this season. Seven Cubs relievers combined to pitch seven scoreless innings.

In the bottom of the 11th, Cubs reliever Carlos Villanueva allowed a walk to Jake Marisnick with one out. Marisnick stole second base and Giancarlo Stanton was walked intentionally with two out.

Cubs infielder Casey McGehee, who was 2 for 2 with three walks, popped to short to end the threat.

The Cubs put the go-ahead run at second with one out in the 11th and 12th but couldn’t score.

Castro’s homer off Tom Koehler was his 10th of the season and his second in four games.

The Cubs had only one hit through the first five innings until John Baker led off with an infield hit. With one out, the Cubs loaded the bases on singles by Luis Valbuena and Justin Ruggiano.

After Anthony Rizzo grounded out, Castro ripped his homer well over the left field fence.

Cubs starter Jason Hammel, pitching in front of several scouts, allowed a two-run home run to Stanton in the first inning and an RBI single to McGehee in the third.

Stanton’s homer, his 19th, sailed no higher than about 25 feet as it carried over the right field fence.

After being staked to a one-run lead, Hammel quickly blew it as Marcell Ozuna hit a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Adeny Hechavarria as center fielder Ryan Sweeney made an over-the-shoulder catch near the warning track in left center.

Hammel finished with a season-high nine strikeouts, but he was tagged for eight hits and left with no decision.

Justin Grimm loaded the bases in the seventh but was bailed out when Wesley Wright and Brian Schlitter got consecutive outs.

The Marlins made several changes before the game. Outfielder Christian Yelich (lower back strain) and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (concussion) were placed on the disabled list,  pitchers Kevin Slowey and Randy Wolf were designated for assignment and infielder Donovan Solano was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans.

Pitchers Anthony DeSciafani and Andrew Heaney, infielder Justin Bour and Marisnick were promoted from New Orleans.

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