MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins did not score after the third inning. They didn't need to, thanks to a big effort by their bullpen.
With an early lead, starter Ricky Nolasco settled down and five relievers combined to throw 3 2/3 perfect innings that finished a three-game sweep of the Cubs with a 5-3 win Thursday and sent Chicago to its fifth straight loss.
"Every championship team has a great bullpen and I think we do," said Marlins closer Heath Bell, who recorded his second save in four opportunities.
"Right now they are putting it together," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said.
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An announced attendance of 23,168 saw the Marlins complete their first home series sweep against the Cubs since September 2007 and improve to 5-2 in their new ballpark.
"It was pretty cool," Dobbs said of the afternoon crowd. "This is a beautiful park. It's pretty breathtaking. Our goal is to play winning baseball. If we win, they will come. It's a rebirth, new name, new stadium, new players. This stadium is very, very special."
Nolasco (2-0) went 5 1/3 innings for the victory, allowing three runs.
"I didn't go as deep as I would have liked," Nolasco said.
"[The bullpen] is what makes a good manager or a bad manager," Guillen said. "Today I am a genius."
Jeff Samardzija (2-1) was tagged for five runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings.
"I didn't feel it was control issues, I just felt I wasn't attacking the zone enough," Samardzija said.
Miami jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first. A walk and steal by Bonifacio and a single by Ramirez set up Morrison's RBI single, and another run scored on a groundout by Giancarlo Stanton.
Chicago responded in the second with a bases-loaded triple by Darwin Barney down the right-field line.
"Barney came up with a huge hit," Cubs manager Dale Sveum. "We just couldn't capitalize other times."
Dobbs' two-run double in the third off Samardzija gave the Marlins a 4-3 lead. After a two-out intentional walk, Nolasco helped himself with an RBI single.
- Ramirez is hitting .550 (11 for 20) with three home runs and nine RBI in his last five games.
- Marlins 2B Omar Infante (groin) remained sidelined for the second straight game and remains day-to-day.
- Because of a computer problem in a ticket office near third base, Marlins were unable to process any sales for about 15 minutes, so 150 fans were admitted free.
- The Marlins are averaging 29,442 fans at home. Said Bell: "It's unusual for us to have a lot of fans, but we've never had a beautiful ballpark like this."
- Cubs SS Starlin Castro has reached base safely in 52 of his last 53 games.
- Miami will travel to Washington for a three-game weekend series and will send RHP Carlos Zambrano (0-0, 3.75 ERA) to the mound to face LHP Ross Detwiler (1-0, 0.90). Zambrano is 8-3 with a 3.35 ERA in his career against the Nationals.
- RHP Chris Volstad (0-1, 4.91) will take the mound Friday for the Cubs in a three-game series against the Reds, who will counter with RHP Homer Bailey (0-2, 5.40). Volstad is looking to snap a 13-game winless start streak dating to last July 17.