Chicago at Florida

Chi. Cubs
W: R. Dempster (14-5) L: R. Pinto (2-5)
HR: CHC - None   FLA - None

Cubs score eight in seventh to dump Marlins wire reports

MIAMI -- The Chicago Cubs put together a big seventh inning to make Ryan Dempster a winner and secure a 5-1 road trip.

Two-run doubles by Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez and a three-run double by Reed Johnson sparked an eight-run seventh and the Cubs rallied past the Florida Marlins, 9-2 on Sunday.

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.

Dempster then struck out Mike Jacobs and Dan Uggla, and after an intentional walk, got out of the inning by getting Cody Ross to line out to center.

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.

Mike Fontenot opened with a double to right and took third on Johnson's single. Florida starter Chris Volstad was replaced by Renyel Pinto (2-5), who walked pinch-hitter Mark DeRosa.

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.


  • Florida's Jeremy Hermida was 0-for-17 on the homestand before his single leading off the fifth.
  • The Cubs tied a season-high with six doubles.
  • Chicago is 6-0-1 in its last seven series.
  • Pinto stood at his locker following the game but ignored questions asked of him.
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The Cubs come alive in the seventh inning, dropping eight runs to turn a close game into a blowout.  (AP)
The Cubs come alive in the seventh inning, dropping eight runs to turn a close game into a blowout. (AP)

Players of the Game

R. Johnson
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0

R. Dempster
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 2
K 10

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Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF6112023 .293
Ryan Theriot, SS4010002 .316
Derrek Lee, 1B2110301 .290
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4122101 .287
Kosuke Fukudome, RF4001035 .268
Geovany Soto, C3100200 .286
Mike Fontenot, 2B3120000 .291
   a- Ronny Cedeno, PH0100100 .277
    Neal Cotts, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Samardzija, P0000000 .000
   b- Henry Blanco, PH1110000 .292
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
Reed Johnson, CF5143002 .314
Ryan Dempster, P1000001 .163
   c- Jim Edmonds, PH0000000 .238
   d- Mark DeRosa, PH-2B1101101 .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
Chicago Cubs
Ryan Dempster (W,14-5) 65222100 2.92
Neal Cotts 1.2100020 2.88
Jeff Samardzija 0.1000010 1.20
Carlos Marmol 1000100 2.81
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
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS3110100 .297
Luis Gonzalez, LF4011011 .263
Jorge Cantu, 3B4020000 .282
Mike Jacobs, 1B4000043 .241
Dan Uggla, 2B4000042 .260
Jeremy Hermida, RF2010100 .255
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
    Logan Kensing, P0000000 .000
    Mark Hendrickson, P0000000 .265
   a- Paul Lo Duca, PH1000000 .229
Cody Ross, CF-RF4110014 .257
John Baker, C3001121 .226
Chris Volstad, P2000011 .077
    Alfredo Amezaga, CF2000001 .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
Florida Marlins
Chris Volstad 6622330 3.02
Renyel Pinto (L,2-5) 0.2255300 4.29
Logan Kensing 1.1211220 4.02
Mark Hendrickson 1211000 5.70
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
Game Information
Attendance - 19085
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 92
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Jerry Meals