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Borchard, Cabrera gang up on Maddux as Marlins sweep Cubs

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MIAMI, Fla. -- Once the Florida Marlins finished teeing off Greg Maddux, he took his turn.

He grabbed a bat and whacked the water cooler.

Joe Borchard and Miguel Cabrera hit three-run homers and the Marlins roughed up a shaky Maddux, beating the Chicago Cubs 9-3 Wednesday for a three-game sweep.

"I made pretty good pitches, but they got me," Maddux said. "You don't like to lose, especially like that."

The last-place Marlins posted their longest winning streak of the season. They also kept Maddux (5-4) winless in May after he got off to the best start of his career.

After going 5-0 with a 1.35 ERA in April, the four-time Cy Young winner fell to 0-4 with a 7.81 ERA this May. The last time Maddux went through a full month without a victory was September 2001.

Maddux gave up six runs and eight hits in six innings. After giving up five runs in the fifth and falling behind 6-3, he clubbed the cooler.

"I threw the ball where I wanted to and they still hit it," he said.

Borchard's homer capped the big inning against Maddux.

"It's pretty exciting," Borchard said. "It's not very often you can say something like that."

Brian Moehler (2-4) pitched seven effective innings. He had gone 14 starts in a row without a victory before winning two straight.

"He's throwing a lot more strikes, using the breaking ball effectively, getting ahead in the count and getting hitters to chase pitches," Marlins manager Joe Girardi said. "He's limiting his pitches, so he's stronger down the road. He's so much better and more efficient."

Cabrera homered, doubled, walked twice and drove in four runs. Dan Uggla, who scored three times, and Miguel Olivo each had three hits for the Marlins.

"Anytime you face a guy like Maddux it's something you'll remember the rest of your life," Uggla said. "You just want to get a good at-bat and put the ball in play and make him work."

After being staked to a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning, Maddux gave up five runs in the fifth after retiring the first two batters. Uggla hit an RBI triple, Mike Jacobs doubled him home and Maddux then intentionally walked Cabrera to get to Borchard.

Borchard, hitless in his previous 10 at-bats, hit a drive 430 feet into the right-center field bleachers.

"The guys had good at-bats," Girardi said. "Dan had a good at-bat, Jake (Jacobs) had a good at-bat, and it went down the line. That's how you win, you don't give at-bats away."

Cabrera hit his eighth home run of the season, connecting in the seventh off reliever Roberto Novoa.

"I made the decision there, it was Cabrera or Borchard," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "Cabrera is one of the top hitters around. And then (Maddux) just made a mistake, probably the only real mistake he made. ... Then Cabrera comes up the next time and hits a three-run home run off of Novoa. So you're damned you do, you're damned you don't.

The Cubs took the early lead when Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run triple and scored on Matt Murton's sacrifice fly.

Cabrera put the Marlins ahead in the first with an RBI double off the scoreboard with two outs.

"He is a Hall of Fame pitcher. I liked how we were patient with him," Cabrera said. "He is going to throw a lot of strikes and he likes to throw on both sides of the plate to you to make a good pitch. But these guys swung the bat very good today. I think that was the key for us."

Notes

  • After Chicago's Jacque Jones bunted for a hit in the second inning, two Florida players failed trying to do the same thing. Jeremy Hermida was thrown out by catcher Michael Barrett and Olivo popped out to Barrett.
  • Moehler went 0-for-2 at the plate, making him 0-for-19 this season and 3-for-86 in his career.
  • Chicago manager Dusty Baker remained stuck at 1,114 career victories, one shy of Danny Murtaugh for 43rd on the all-time list.
  • Maddux still needs one victory to catch Nolan Ryan and Don Sutton (324) for 13th on baseball s career list.
 
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Joe Borchard's three-run HR helps give the Marlins their first three-game win streak of the season.  (AP)
Joe Borchard's three-run HR helps give the Marlins their first three-game win streak of the season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

M. Cabrera
AB 2
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Chicago

T. Walker
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Chicago Cubs
Juan Pierre, CF4000114 .230
Ronny Cedeno, SS4000023 .279
Todd Walker, 1B4120001 .291
Michael Barrett, C4120011 .291
Jacque Jones, RF4020003 .278
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3112001 .234
Matt Murton, LF3011002 .264
Neifi Perez, 2B4010011 .195
Greg Maddux, P1010000 .211
   a- Freddie Bynum, PH1000000 .216
    Roberto Novoa, P0000000 .000
    Will Ohman, P00000001.000
    Glendon Rusch, P0000000 .286
   b- John Mabry, PH0000100 .186
Totals3231032516 
a-grounded out for Maddux in the 7th
b-walked for Rusch in the 9th
Batting
2B - Greg Maddux (1, Moehler)
3B - Aramis Ramirez (1, Moehler)
SF - Matt Murton (1)
SH - Greg Maddux (1)
RBI - Aramis Ramirez 2 (23), Matt Murton (19)
CS - Juan Pierre (3, 2nd base by Moehler/Olivo)
Team LOB - 7
Chicago Cubs
Greg Maddux (L,5-4) 6866241 4.28
Roberto Novoa0233101 4.95
Will Ohman 1100110 6.16
Glendon Rusch 1000010 7.09
IBB - Cabrera by Greg Maddux
Pitches-Strikes - Greg Maddux 97-63, Roberto Novoa 15-7, Will Ohman 17-11, Glendon Rusch 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Maddux 11-3, Will Ohman 1-1
Batters Faced - Greg Maddux 28, Roberto Novoa 3, Will Ohman 5, Glendon Rusch 3
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS5110001 .335
Dan Uggla, 2B5331000 .315
Mike Jacobs, 1B3211111 .220
   a- Wes Helms, PH-1B1000010 .232
Miguel Cabrera, 3B2224200 .335
Joe Borchard, LF-RF3113102 .200
Jeremy Hermida, RF4000002 .250
    Randy Messenger, P0000000 .000
    Joe Borowski, P0000000 .000
Reggie Abercrombie, CF4000022 .229
Miguel Olivo, C4030000 .261
Brian Moehler, P2000011 .000
   b- Chris Aguila, PH-LF1000012 .229
Totals3491194611 
a-struck out for Jacobs in the 8th
b-struck out for Moehler in the 7th
Batting
2B - Mike Jacobs (10, Maddux), Miguel Cabrera (18, Maddux)
3B - Dan Uggla (2, Maddux)
HR - Miguel Cabrera (8, Novoa), Joe Borchard (3, Maddux)
SH - Brian Moehler (2)
RBI - Dan Uggla (23), Mike Jacobs (27), Miguel Cabrera 4 (39), Joe Borchard 3 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla (11), Mike Jacobs (11), Miguel Cabrera (8), Joe Borchard 3 (8)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-Uggla-Jacobs, Cabrera-Uggla-Jacobs
Florida Marlins
Brian Moehler (W,2-4) 7833130 6.80
Randy Messenger 1100010 4.42
Joe Borowski 1100110 4.67
HBP - Ramirez (by Brian Moehler)
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Moehler 90-58, Randy Messenger 13-9, Joe Borowski 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Moehler 9-6, Randy Messenger 1-1, Joe Borowski 1-1
Batters Faced - Brian Moehler 28, Randy Messenger 4, Joe Borowski 5
Game Information
Attendance - 7720
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Brian Runge, Third Base - Bruce Froemming