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Marlins win, Jacobs hits game-winning single in ninth

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- This time it was the Marlins who walked off with a win in the final inning.

Mike Jacobs hit a two-run single off Ryan Dempster with two outs in the ninth Tuesday night, giving Florida a 5-4 victory over the struggling Chicago Cubs and denying Kerry Wood his first win in 10 months.

Last week, the Marlins were handed four walk-off losses, three in extra innings. But they turned the tables on the Cubs.

"We can come back and win in the bottom of the ninth," Florida manager Joe Girardi said. "It can happen to someone else."

Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer for the Marlins, who improved to 5-14 at home before a crowd of 10,979. They have won two straight following a seven-game losing streak.

"It was a big win for us and a big hit for (Jacobs)," Girardi said. "Our bullpen gave us a chance to chip away."

Making his second start since shoulder surgery last Aug. 31, Wood struggled with his control but left with a 4-3 lead after five innings. He allowed two hits, walked five and struck out three, and even helped himself with an RBI single.

"I didn't have my best stuff but I made my pitches when I needed to," Wood said. "I made a couple of mistakes. All in all, I kept us in the game."

Dempster (0-2) entered in the ninth to protect a one-run lead, but Florida loaded the bases with one out. After Josh Willingham grounded into a force play at the plate, Jacobs hit a liner to left-center that short-hopped the fence.

"I was hoping he was going to leave something out over the plate," Jacobs said. "I was pumped. I felt like I was floating. There's no better feeling in baseball than a walk-off hit. It's exciting to leave the other team on the field."

It was Dempster's second blown save in 10 chances. Michael Barrett and Matt Murton homered for the Cubs, who have lost five of six and nine of 12.

"I didn't make a good pitch to Jacobs," Dempster said. "It was a pitch away and he went the other way with it. It was a good piece of hitting."

Logan Kensing (1-1) struck out two in a perfect ninth for the win.

Wood threw 86 pitches, 49 for strikes. He was looking for his first win since July 15, 2005, against Pittsburgh.

Scott Olsen pitched five innings for Florida, allowing four runs and six hits. He struck out six.

The Marlins closed the gap to 4-3 in the fifth on Cabrera's two-out homer to right-center off Wood, his seventh of the season.

Florida loaded the bases in the sixth against relievers Will Ohman and Scott Williamson. With two outs, Hanley Ramirez lined out to shortstop.

The Cubs stretched their lead to 4-1 on Murton's third-inning homer off Olsen.

The Marlins manufactured a run in the third. Ramirez led off with a walk, stole second, advanced to third on a flyout and scored on Cabrera's sacrifice fly.

Barrett's solo homer off Olsen over the left-field scoreboard, his sixth of the season, gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead in the third.

The Cubs took a 2-0 lead in the second. Barrett led off with a triple and scored on a two-out single by Ronny Cedeno. A single by Wood scored Murton, who walked with one out.

Notes

Ramirez reached base seven consecutive times, including all five plate appearances on Monday, until he lined out to second in the fifth inning. ... Olsen took the mound with a shiner under his left eye, the result of a scuffle with teammate Randy Messenger last weekend. ... Barrett has reached base in 16 of his last 21 games.

 
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Players of the Game
Florida

M. Jacobs
AB 5
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Chicago

M. Barrett
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Chicago Cubs
Juan Pierre, CF4000012 .235
Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B4000010 .221
Todd Walker, 1B4010010 .285
Michael Barrett, C4221011 .285
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4000021 .232
Matt Murton, LF3211110 .262
Jacque Jones, RF4000032 .271
Ronny Cedeno, SS3011010 .286
Kerry Wood, P2011000 .333
    Will Ohman, P00000001.000
    Scott Williamson, P0000000 .000
   a- Freddie Bynum, PH1000010 .222
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Dempster, P0000000 .000
Totals334641126 
a-struck out for Williamson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Todd Walker (8, Olsen)
3B - Michael Barrett (3, Olsen)
HR - Michael Barrett (6, Olsen), Matt Murton (3, Olsen)
RBI - Michael Barrett (21), Matt Murton (18), Ronny Cedeno (13), Kerry Wood (1)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Barrett (6), Ronny Cedeno (6), Kerry Wood (1)
Team LOB - 3
Chicago Cubs
Kerry Wood 5233531 6.30
Will Ohman (H,1) 0.1100000 6.50
Scott Williamson (H,2) 0.2000210 3.10
Bob Howry (H,6) 0.2100000 2.11
Scott Eyre (H,5) 1.1000030 1.59
Ryan Dempster (BS,2; L,0-2) 0.2222200 3.32
IBB - Cabrera by Ryan Dempster
Pitches-Strikes - Kerry Wood 86-49, Will Ohman 9-6, Scott Williamson 16-8, Bob Howry 9-7, Scott Eyre 22-11, Ryan Dempster 18-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kerry Wood 4-8, Will Ohman 1-0, Ryan Dempster 2-0
Batters Faced - Kerry Wood 22, Will Ohman 2, Scott Williamson 4, Bob Howry 3, Scott Eyre 4, Ryan Dempster 6
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS2200303 .340
Dan Uggla, 2B2100201 .306
Miguel Cabrera, 3B3223102 .327
Josh Willingham, LF5000015 .269
Mike Jacobs, 1B5012023 .217
Jeremy Hermida, RF3010120 .292
Reggie Abercrombie, CF4000022 .236
Matt Treanor, C3010101 .226
Scott Olsen, P1000001 .000
   a- Alfredo Amezaga, PH1000000 .245
    Yusmeiro Petit, P0000000 .000
   b- Joe Borchard, PH0000100 .194
    Randy Messenger, P0000000 .000
    Logan Kensing, P0000000 .000
   c- Wes Helms, PH1010000 .236
    Chris Aguila, PR0000000 .232
Totals305659718 
a-grounded out for Olsen in the 5th
b-walked for Petit in the 6th
c-singled for Kensing in the 9th
Batting
HR - Miguel Cabrera (7, Wood)
SF - Miguel Cabrera (2)
SH - Dan Uggla (3)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera 3 (35), Mike Jacobs 2 (26)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera 2 (7), Mike Jacobs 2 (10)
SB - Hanley Ramirez 2 (16, 2nd base off Wood/Barrett, 2nd base off Wood/Barrett)
Team LOB - 10
Florida Marlins
Scott Olsen 5644162 6.64
Yusmeiro Petit 1000010 1.80
Randy Messenger 2000030 4.67
Logan Kensing (W,1-1) 1000020 6.23
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Olsen 72-47, Yusmeiro Petit 17-11, Randy Messenger 26-20, Logan Kensing 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Olsen 7-2, Yusmeiro Petit 1-1, Randy Messenger 1-2, Logan Kensing 1-0
Batters Faced - Scott Olsen 22, Yusmeiro Petit 3, Randy Messenger 6, Logan Kensing 3
Game Information
Attendance - 10979
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Bruce Froemming, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Brian Runge