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Dempster (14-5) struck out 10 batters in six innings to win for the fourth time in six starts. He gave up two runs, the sixth straight game in which he has allowed two runs or fewer.
"It was a grind ... mentally and physically ... to bear down and make pitches," said Dempster, who worked through a sixth inning in which the Marlins scored once and seemed primed for more with runners on first and third with none out.
The Cubs, who had their nine-game road winning streak snapped with a 2-1 loss on Saturday, rebounded to win for the sixth time in seven games overall. Chicago began the day with a 4½ game lead in the NL Central.
"A 5-1 road trip -- you gotta be pleased," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "The position we're in, winning series is what we're shooting for."
The third-place Marlins lost for the fourth time in five games to fall 4½ games behind the New York Mets in the NL East.
"Its been a tough stretch," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Everybody goes through it. Well go out on the road and try to turn this thing around."
Trailing 2-0 in the seventh, the Cubs sent 12 batters to the plate.
Soriano then hit a liner to left that fell in front of diving Luis Gonzalez to go for a double that scored Fontenot and Johnson to tie the score. After Ryan Theriot grounded out, Derrek Lee was walked intentionally to load the bases.
Ramirez then smashed a 3-2 pitch to the right of third baseman Jorge Cantu to score DeRosa and Soriano for a 4-2 lead.
"Through three at-bats I didn't feel too good but I got a hit at the most important part of the game," Soriano said.
Gonzalez refused to second guess his decision to dive, which resulted in the ball bouncing away from the left fielder.
"If I make the play, its a great play. If not, like today, I'm sure somebody is going to call and say, 'You should have stayed back.' That's baseball," Gonzalez said.
Following Kosuke Fukudome's sacrifice fly and a walk to Geovany Soto, Logan Kensing replaced Pinto. Kensing walked pinch-hitter Ronny Cedeno before yielding Johnson's bases-clearing double to deep left-center that made the score 8-2.
"Those are guys that can swing the bat and hit the ball out of the park, so you never know. You want to keep tacking on runs when you play a team like that," said Johnson, whose four hits included two doubles.
Volstad was charged with two runs and six hits in six-plus innings. Pinto gave up five runs in two-thirds of an inning. It was the third straight appearance in which Pinto has allowed at least a run, and he has allowed 11 earned runs in 3 2/3 innings in August.
The Cubs' highest-scoring inning of the season was a nine-run frame against the Chicago White Sox on June 21. They now have 36 come-from-behind wins.
The Marlins runs scored on John Baker's third-inning groundout and Gonzalez's sixth-inning double.
DeRosa had a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
Florida's Jacobs and Uggla each struck out four times.
|The Cubs come alive in the seventh inning, dropping eight runs to turn a close game into a blowout. (AP)|
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|Alfonso Soriano, LF||6||1||1||2||0||2||3||.293|
|Ryan Theriot, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.316|
|Derrek Lee, 1B||2||1||1||0||3||0||1||.290|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||4||1||2||2||1||0||1||.287|
|Kosuke Fukudome, RF||4||0||0||1||0||3||5||.268|
|Geovany Soto, C||3||1||0||0||2||0||0||.286|
|Mike Fontenot, 2B||3||1||2||0||0||0||0||.291|
|a- Ronny Cedeno, PH||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.277|
|Neal Cotts, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jeff Samardzija, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Henry Blanco, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.292|
|Carlos Marmol, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Reed Johnson, CF||5||1||4||3||0||0||2||.314|
|Ryan Dempster, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.163|
|c- Jim Edmonds, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.238|
|d- Mark DeRosa, PH-2B||1||1||0||1||1||0||1||.278|
|a-walked for Fontenot in the 7th|
|b-doubled for Samardzija in the 9th|
|c-announced for Dempster in the 7th|
|d-walked for Edmonds in the 7th|
|2B - Alfonso Soriano (20, Pinto), Aramis Ramirez (33, Pinto), Mike Fontenot (17, Volstad), Henry Blanco (3, Hendrickson), Reed Johnson 2 (20, Volstad, Kensing)|
|SF - Kosuke Fukudome (4), Mark DeRosa (8)|
|SH - Ryan Dempster (14)|
|RBI - Alfonso Soriano 2 (61), Aramis Ramirez 2 (83), Kosuke Fukudome (45), Reed Johnson 3 (45), Mark DeRosa (71)|
|2-OUT RBI - Reed Johnson 3 (14)|
|CS - Ryan Theriot (13, 3rd base by Volstad/Baker)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Ryan Dempster (W,14-5)||6||5||2||2||2||10||0||2.92|
|IBB - Hermida by Ryan Dempster|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Dempster 96-60, Neal Cotts 31-18, Jeff Samardzija 4-3, Carlos Marmol 17-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Dempster 3-5, Carlos Marmol 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Ryan Dempster 25, Neal Cotts 6, Jeff Samardzija 1, Carlos Marmol 4|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.297|
|Luis Gonzalez, LF||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.263|
|Jorge Cantu, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.282|
|Mike Jacobs, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||4||3||.241|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||4||2||.260|
|Jeremy Hermida, RF||2||0||1||0||1||0||0||.255|
|Renyel Pinto, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Logan Kensing, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mark Hendrickson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.265|
|a- Paul Lo Duca, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.229|
|Cody Ross, CF-RF||4||1||1||0||0||1||4||.257|
|John Baker, C||3||0||0||1||1||2||1||.226|
|Chris Volstad, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.077|
|Alfredo Amezaga, CF||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.254|
|a-popped out for Hendrickson in the 9th|
|2B - Hanley Ramirez (28, Dempster), Luis Gonzalez (19, Dempster), Jorge Cantu (30, Cotts)|
|3B - Cody Ross (4, Dempster)|
|RBI - Luis Gonzalez (38), John Baker (15)|
|SB - Jorge Cantu (5, 2nd base off Dempster/Soto)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Cantu-Uggla-Jacobs|
|Renyel Pinto (L,2-5)||0.2||2||5||5||3||0||0||4.29|
|IBB - Lee by Renyel Pinto, by Soto|
|HBP - Theriot (by Chris Volstad)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Volstad 106-65, Renyel Pinto 34-13, Logan Kensing 31-20, Mark Hendrickson 13-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 7-6, Renyel Pinto 1-1, Logan Kensing 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 26, Renyel Pinto 7, Logan Kensing 8, Mark Hendrickson 5|
|Attendance - 19085|
|Game Time - 3:05|
|Temperature - 92|
|Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Jerry Meals|