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Chicago at Florida

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Chi. Cubs (66-81) «010001000251
Florida (73-73)000000000050

Cubs 2, Marlins 0

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MIAMI -- Ryan Dempster is hoping he can put together a strong finish that will carry over into next season.

That's the only thing he can focus on during another lost season for the Chicago Cubs.

Dempster pitched seven crisp innings and the Cubs beat the Florida Marlins 2-0 on Friday night.

Alfonso Soriano and Geovany Soto each hit an RBI double for the Cubs (66-81), who matched their season best with their fourth consecutive victory.

Carlos Marmol worked out of a jam in the ninth to earn his 32nd save in 37 chances, completing the five-hitter. Florida put two runners on with no outs before Marmol retired the next three batters, with shortstop Starlin Castro making a diving catch in short left field to rob Logan Morrison and end the game.

"I believe in retribution," Cubs manager Mike Quade said. "The kid had a couple of mistakes and finished the game off in grand fashion. It was beautiful."

Dempster (14-10) allowed three hits and walked three in his fifth consecutive road victory. He has tossed seven shutout innings in each of his last two starts.

"The stronger you finish this year, the better, more positive things there are for next year," Dempster said. "That's why I think it is important to go through the finish line and not to it."

The Marlins' best opportunity to score against Dempster came in the seventh. Mike Stanton reached on a two-base error by Castro to start the inning and moved up on Cameron Maybin's single. Maybin then stole second with no outs.

Dempster responded by retiring the next three batters, including back-to-back strikeouts against Wes Helms and Emilio Bonifacio to end the inning.

"I thought he deserved the chance after the mistake to put him in a little trouble to get through it, and get through it he did," Quade said.

Florida put runners on first and second with one out in the eighth, but Sean Marshall got Chad Tracy to hit into a fielder's choice and struck out Stanton to end the threat.

"We had our chances," Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "That clutch hit never came."

Soriano drove in Soto in the second when left fielder Morrison lost his hit in the lights, and Soto chased Alex Sanabia (4-3) with his two-out RBI double in the sixth.

"I went into the lights and I lost it, then didn't pick it up again," Morrison said. "It put us in a hole."

Sanabia (4-3) allowed four hits and walked three.

Notes

Marlins All-Star SS Hanley Ramirez was held out due to a sore left elbow. He is listed as day to day. ... Rookie Morrison walked in the first inning to extend his streak of reaching base safely to 36 games. ... Dempster is 7-3 with a 1.90 ERA in his last 14 September starts dating to 2008.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

G. Soto
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Chicago

R. Dempster
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 3
K 5
 
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kosuke Fukudome, RF1000300 .273
Starlin Castro, SS4000001 .309
Marlon Byrd, CF4000011 .297
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4000021 .242
Xavier Nady, 1B4120000 .268
Geovany Soto, C4111021 .280
Alfonso Soriano, LF4021011 .258
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
Blake DeWitt, 2B2000100 .256
Ryan Dempster, P3000002 .143
    Andrew Cashner, P0000000 .000
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
    Sam Fuld, LF0000000 .000
Totals3025246  
Batting
2B - Geovany Soto (19, Sanabia), Alfonso Soriano (36, Sanabia)
RBI - Geovany Soto (53), Alfonso Soriano (75)
2-OUT RBI - Geovany Soto (19), Alfonso Soriano (34)
CS - Kosuke Fukudome (7, 2nd base by Badenhop/Davis)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Kosuke Fukudome 1
E - Starlin Castro (26, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Dempster (W,14-10) 7400350 3.50
Andrew Cashner (H,13) 0.1100110 5.36
Sean Marshall (H,21) 0.2000010 2.82
Carlos Marmol (S,32) 1000210 2.82
HBP - Stanton (by Ryan Dempster)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Dempster 123-72, Andrew Cashner 15-8, Sean Marshall 8-6, Carlos Marmol 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Dempster 11-4, Sean Marshall 1-0
Batters Faced - Ryan Dempster 28, Andrew Cashner 3, Sean Marshall 2, Carlos Marmol 5
Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Emilio Bonifacio, SS5000024 .299
Logan Morrison, LF4010112 .306
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4010002 .279
Dan Uggla, 2B3010101 .283
Chad Tracy, 3B3010112 .252
Mike Stanton, RF2000112 .246
Cameron Maybin, CF3010103 .238
Brad Davis, C3000114 .227
Alex Sanabia, P2000010 .056
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
   a- Wes Helms, PH1000012 .236
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .000
   b- Scott Cousins, PH1000002 .278
Totals3105068  
a-struck out for Badenhop in the 7th
b-flied out for Sanches in the 9th
Batting
2B - Logan Morrison (17, Dempster), Chad Tracy (7, Dempster)
SB - Cameron Maybin (7, 2nd base off Dempster/Soto)
CS - Logan Morrison (1, 2nd base by Dempster/Soto)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Logan Morrison 1
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alex Sanabia (L,4-3) 5.2422330 3.88
Burke Badenhop 1.1100100 3.66
Jose Veras 1000010 2.74
Brian Sanches 1000020 2.44
IBB - DeWitt by Alex Sanabia
Pitches-Strikes - Alex Sanabia 109-72, Burke Badenhop 21-13, Jose Veras 11-7, Brian Sanches 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex Sanabia 5-9, Burke Badenhop 1-1, Jose Veras 1-1, Brian Sanches 1-0
Batters Faced - Alex Sanabia 24, Burke Badenhop 4, Jose Veras 3, Brian Sanches 3
Game Information
Attendance - 22751
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Tim McClelland