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Chicago at Miami

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Chi. Cubs (8-14) «2020000004100
Miami (5-18)000100100290

Cubs 4, Marlins 2

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MIAMI -- Anthony Rizzo wanted a single.

He finally got one in the eighth inning, but not before hitting two two-run homers to power the Cubs to a 4-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Friday night, giving Chicago back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

"This is going to sound stupid, but the single there in my last at-bat was probably my favorite one just because that's my swing there," Rizzo said.

Rizzo's second career two-home run game gave him eight on the season, the most by a Cubs left-handed hitter in April. Billy Williams (1970) and Henry Rodriguez (2000) each hit seven.

"It's all about production and that's what I'm supposed to do," Rizzo said.

Scott Feldman (1-3) allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings, Kevin Gregg recorded his second save, and Darwin Barney had three hits for Chicago, which beat Miami 4-3 on Thursday and had been 0-6 following a win.

"You can say it as many times as you want, but winning is so much more fun than losing," Feldman said. "Hopefully this is a start to a little hot streak here and we can keep playing well."

Rizzo, who hails from nearby Parkland, Fla., and had about 100 supporters in attendance, came into the game mired in a 1-for-20 slump and hitting .173 on the season, but broke out by going 3 for 4 with a stolen base.

"He has eight [home runs] and 18 RBI now after hitting .173, but it's nice because we know that will all come plus everything else when he gets hot," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "It's still a nice month having eight homers. At least that's kept him probably sane."

He was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in the first game of the series on Thursday.

"After yesterday it means a lot," Rizzo said. "I had a lot of people here, lot of friends and family, and a lot of people I don't even know here supporting. It feels good and after last night, it was a little embarrassing, but to come back today and get the win and have a good game in front of everyone it feels really good."

Rizzo hit a two-run homer off Wade LeBlanc (0-4) in the first inning to deep center field estimated at 420 feet and followed that blast with an estimated 413-foot two-run shot to the upper deck in right field in his next at-bat, again off LeBlanc, who allowed four runs in six innings.

"I made a few mistakes that I got away with tonight, but the two that really hurt me are the two that I need to execute better," LeBlanc said.

Joe Mahoney hit his first career homer for the Marlins in the fourth to cut the deficit to 4-1.

"In the heat of the battle I was just thinking we're three down," Mahoney said. "I'll reflect more on it probably tonight. But it's starting to sink in. It's good to get the first one out of the way and kind of settle in. I've been waiting to get that one for a while now. It's definitely a good feeling."

Feldman got into a jam in the seventh after Chris Coghlan's double gave the Marlins a pair of runners on base with one out. Chris Valaika's sacrifice fly pulled Miami within 4-2 and a walk to Austin Kearns ended Feldman's night. James Russell came on in relief and retired Juan Pierre to get out of the inning.

Miami threatened again in the eighth with two on and two out, but Rob Brantly popped out to end the inning.

"We just have to keep talking to them," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "If they see me starting to panic, then that puts more pressure on everybody else. I'm not that way."

Gregg sent the Marlins down in order in the ninth to earn his second save in as many chances.

Before the game, Redmond declined to comment on a report that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria demanded that starting pitchers Jose Fernandez and Ricky Nolasco swap starts for Tuesday's day-night doubleheader against the Twins.

Loria's desire to have top rookie Fernandez start the day game caused friction with the team, according to the report by Yahoo! Sports.

"We were all on the call and it was an organizational decision and I'm going to leave it at that," Redmond said when asked about the story.

Fernandez started the day game in which the Marlins lost 4-3.

Notes

Rizzo also hit two home runs against Pittsburgh on Sept. 16, 2012. ... Cubs RHP Matt Garza had a flat-ground throwing session on Friday. "It went really well, no tightness or soreness so he'll go again (Saturday)," said Sveum, who expects Garza to have three or four rehab starts before returning to the big league club by May 20. ... Marlins RHP Alex Sanabia (2-2, 5.09 ERA) will start Saturday's game against Cubs LHP Travis Wood (1-1, 2.08 ERA).

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Rizzo
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
Chicago

S. Feldman
IP 6.2
H 7
ER 2
BB 2
K 2
 
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dave Sappelt, CF4220000 .200
   a- David DeJesus, PH-CF1000001 .269
Starlin Castro, SS4000003 .263
Anthony Rizzo, 1B4234000 .200
Alfonso Soriano, LF4010011 .271
Welington Castillo, C4000011 .303
Scott Hairston, RF4000001 .080
    Shawn Camp, P0000000 .000
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
Cody Ransom, 3B3010100 .200
Darwin Barney, 2B3030000 .206
Scott Feldman, P3000014 .000
    James Russell, P0000000 .000
    Julio Borbon, RF1000001 .375
Totals35410413  
a-flied out for Sappelt in the 9th
Batting
2B - Cody Ransom (2, LeBlanc), Darwin Barney (1, Ramos)
HR - Anthony Rizzo 2 (8, LeBlanc, LeBlanc)
RBI - Anthony Rizzo 4 (18)
SB - Anthony Rizzo (2, 2nd base off Ramos/Brantly)
CS - Alfonso Soriano (1, 2nd base by LeBlanc/Brantly)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Feldman-Barney-Rizzo, Rizzo-Castro
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Feldman (W,1-3) 6.2722221 3.92
James Russell (H,4) 0.1000000 0.00
Shawn Camp (H,3) 1200010 7.20
Kevin Gregg (S,2) 1000010 0.00
WP - Scott Feldman (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 99-60, James Russell 2-1, Shawn Camp 19-12, Kevin Gregg 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 11-5
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 27, James Russell 1, Shawn Camp 5, Kevin Gregg 3
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF4010002 .198
Placido Polanco, 3B4010001 .288
Giancarlo Stanton, RF4010012 .203
Joe Mahoney, 1B4111002 .280
Donovan Solano, 2B4020000 .256
Rob Brantly, C3110103 .233
Chris Coghlan, CF4010011 .178
Chris Valaika, SS3001011 .250
Wade LeBlanc, P2010010 .125
    Tom Koehler, P0000000 .000
   a- Austin Kearns, PH0000100 .211
    A.J. Ramos, P0000000 .000
   b- Greg Dobbs, PH1000000 .242
Totals3329224  
a-walked for Koehler in the 7th
b-flied out for Ramos in the 9th
Batting
2B - Rob Brantly (7, Feldman), Chris Coghlan (3, Feldman)
HR - Joe Mahoney (1, Feldman)
SF - Chris Valaika (1)
RBI - Joe Mahoney (4), Chris Valaika (6)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Chris Coghlan 1
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wade LeBlanc (L,0-4) 6844122 6.20
Tom Koehler 1000000 0.00
A.J. Ramos 2200010 3.07
HBP - Barney (by Wade LeBlanc)
Pitches-Strikes - Wade LeBlanc 86-60, Tom Koehler 8-6, A.J. Ramos 23-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade LeBlanc 4-10, Tom Koehler 1-2
Batters Faced - Wade LeBlanc 26, Tom Koehler 3, A.J. Ramos 8
Game Information
Attendance - 16017
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Cory Blaser, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Jeff Nelson