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Chicago at Miami

Venue: Marlins Park
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After finally breaking out of their season-long offensive funk, the Miami Marlins hope to build off that effort as they open a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs.

The Marlins will try to win consecutive games for the first time and give Kevin Slowey his first win in the majors since 2010 on Thursday night when they host a battle between last-place clubs.

While Miami enters the contest ranked at or near the bottom of the majors in runs (56), home runs (six) and batting average (.221), the team put together a promising performance in an 8-5 win over Minnesota on Tuesday.

The Marlins, last in the NL East at 5-16, matched their season high in runs and doubles (4) and had a season-best 16 hits to gain a split of their day-night doubleheader.

Rob Brantly had three hits and a career-high four RBIs, while Giancarlo Stanton was 2 for 4 and two RBIs to lead the attack.

"We haven't had a game like this yet," said Stanton, who entered the game with just one RBI for the season. "It was good that we overcame the weather, too, to wake up the bats a little bit."

The Marlins look to keep the bats going and finally plate some runs for Slowey (0-2, 1.90 ERA), who has allowed five runs over his 23 2-3 innings.

Miami, however, has provided only one run of support over his first four starts.

Slowey, who has battled through several injuries, has lost 10 straight decisions since beating Oakland on Sept. 18, 2010, while he was with Minnesota. He did not get a decision in a 2-1 win last Friday despite limiting Cincinnati to one run on four hits in six innings.

"This is certainly one of the best stretches I've had, feeling-wise," said Slowey, who won his only career start against the Cubs in 2009. "Nothing is bothering me."

The Central-worst Cubs (6-14), who are 1-5 on their current road trip, have also had their share of struggles offensively. They've batted .207 over their last five games after being held to five hits in a 1-0 loss at Cincinnati on Wednesday.

David DeJesus has fared well against Slowey dating back to his days in the American League, batting 7 for 20 with four doubles and a homer in this matchup.

Chicago will try provide some scoring and solid defense for Jackson (0-3, 4.84), who was hurt by errors while allowing five runs - one earned - over six innings in a 5-1 loss at Milwaukee on Saturday.

Cubs fielders haven't done many favors for their pitching staff, ranking among the worst defensive clubs in the league with 18 errors.

"We just have to make plays when we have a chance," said Jackson, who has only beaten the Marlins once in seven career starts. "It's just a matter of going out and doing it."

New Marlin Miguel Olivo is 4 for 8 with two homers against Jackson, while third baseman Placido Polanco has gone hitless in 10 at-bats in this matchup.

Miami won four of six between the teams last year, including a three-game sweep at Marlins Park last April.

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Probable Starters

Edwin Jackson, RHP
2013 stats
22.1 Innings Pitched 23.2
0-3 Wins-Losses 0-2
4.84 Earned Run Average 1.90
11 Walks 6
24 Strikeouts 15
99 Pitches Per Start 88
Career vs. opponent
37.2 Innings Pitched 6.0
1-6 Wins-Losses 1-0
6.69 Earned Run Average 4.50

Kevin Slowey, RHP
Weather
weather image  Mostly sunny. Warm.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
82°F72°F12mph/NE54%3%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Chi Cubs5th NL Central5974.444146-4 L 2
Miami3rd NL East6567.492105-5 L 2
 
 

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Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
Chi. Cubs -110 Miami 100
Injuries
Chi Cubs
PlayerInjury
F. DoubrontCalf
E. JacksonLat
J. McDonaldShoulder
A. RizzoBack
J. RuggianoAnkle
R. SweeneyHamstring
Miami
PlayerInjury
C. CappsElbow
J. FernandezElbow
R. FurcalLeg
K. GreggElbow
D. JenningsConcussion
B. MorrisGroin
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 21ATLATL 4-2Varvaro Caminero 
Apr 22ATLMIA 1-0Fernandez Wood 
Apr 23ATLATL 3-1Carpenter Dunn 
Apr 29MIAMIA 9-0Fernandez Wood 
Apr 30MIAMIA 9-3Eovaldi Harang 
May 1MIAMIA 5-4Dunn Thomas 
May 30MIAATL 3-2Teheran Koehler 
May 31MIAATL 9-5Santana Turner 
Jun 1MIAATL 4-2Wood Cishek 
Jul 21ATLMIA 3-1Morris Simmons 
Jul 22ATLMIA 6-5Turner Minor 
Jul 23ATLATL 6-1Santana Eovaldi 
Jul 24ATLMIA 3-2Alvarez Kimbrel 
Aug 29ATL 7:35 PM EDT  
Aug 30ATL 7:10 PM EDT  
Aug 31ATL 5:10 PM EDT  
Sep 5MIA 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 6MIA 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 7MIA 1:10 PM EDT