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Miami at Chicago

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Miami (33-30) «000000220481
Chicago (25-35)000002100391

Marlins 4, Cubs 3

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CHICAGO -- Henderson Alvarez's scoreless streak came to an end, and the Miami Marlins didn't care one bit. They were just happy to hear the talented right-hander should be able to make his next start after a scary play at first base.

Alvarez injured his left hip in the sixth, but Miami made the most of a wild afternoon for Pedro Strop in a 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday that averted a three-game series sweep.

The Marlins trailed 3-2 before they pushed across two runs in the eighth. They loaded the bases with one out on a walk, a hit by pitch and a single from Casey McGehee. Christian Yelich then scored on Garrett Jones' sacrifice fly and Giancarlo Stanton came home on a wild pitch from Strop (0-3).

Steve Cishek then struck out two in a scoreless ninth that gave him 14 saves in 15 tries.

The Cubs got six scoreless innings from Jake Arrieta, but came up just short in a bid for their first six-game winning streak since a seven-game run in 2011.

"I think these guys should keep their heads up," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "They're very disappointed right now because we felt like we were on the cusp of being able to have a perfect homestand."

Mike Dunn (5-3) got two outs for the win, but that was secondary for Miami after Alvarez went down. He began the day with a streak of 21 scoreless innings and is regarded as the Marlins' best pitcher after Jose Fernandez was shelved by a season-ending elbow surgery.

With one out in the sixth inning of a scoreless tie, Luis Valbuena grounded to Jones at first. Alvarez hustled over to cover the bag, but Jones' toss was high. The pitcher reached to tap the base with his right foot but missed and landed awkwardly, straining his left hip.

"He seems to be OK," manager Mike Redmond said. "He's got enough time in between starts. He should be fine. Obviously we'll know better tomorrow or the next couple of days."

After Miami's training staff and Redmond came out to see him, Alvarez threw one warm-up pitch to see if he could continue but quickly left the mound. He was charged with two runs, one earned, and seven hits.

"At first I felt like I fell (and) I banged myself on ground. I just continued on, I got up, I felt I could continue to pitch," Alvarez said through a translator. "I went out there, I did what I could to pitch. At the end of the day it was a decision by the manager."

Nate Schierholtz then greeted Dan Jennings with a two-run triple down the right-field line that gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead.

Alvarez is considered day to day, a relief for the surprising Marlins (33-30).

"I feel good," he said. "Thank God."

Jones, who was charged with an error on the play, also was relieved that Alvarez was OK. He said he needed a couple pitches during his seventh-inning at-bat to refocus.

"You never want to be the guy to make the mistake to lose a game," Jones said. "But that play, he's been our best pitcher, and to lose him on a play like that, it stinks."

Luckily for Miami, it probably won't be without Alvarez for long.

"We can't afford any injuries -- especially to those pitchers. We've already had that happen and we can't afford anybody else to get hurt," Redmond said. "Definitely concerned (when Alvarez left) but it looks like he's going to be fine so hopefully we got lucky there."

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

E. Bonifacio
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Miami

C. Yelich
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Christian Yelich, LF4120111 .249
Ed Lucas, 2B5010013 .306
Giancarlo Stanton, RF3100012 .301
Casey McGehee, 3B3110111 .300
Garrett Jones, 1B3001011 .275
Marcell Ozuna, CF3110110 .271
Jacob Realmuto, C4011012 .333
   Bryan Morris, P0000000 .000
   Steve Cishek, P0000000 .000
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS4011020 .260
Henderson Alvarez, P2010010 .217
   Dan Jennings, P0000000 .000
   a-Reed Johnson, PH1000002 .311
   A.J. Ramos, P0000000 .000
   Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
   Jeff Mathis, C1000000 .228
Totals33483310  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Jennings in the 7th
Batting
SF - Garrett Jones (4)
RBI - Garrett Jones (27), Jacob Realmuto (4), Adeiny Hechavarria (14)
2-OUT RBI - Jacob Realmuto (3), Adeiny Hechavarria (5)
SB - Christian Yelich 2 (10, 3rd base off Arrieta/Baker)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Realmuto-McGehee
E - Garrett Jones (8, Throwing)
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Henderson Alvarez 5.1721050 2.56
Dan Jennings 0.2100010 1.10
A.J. Ramos 0.2111110 2.93
Mike Dunn (W,5-3) 0.2000210 3.60
Bryan Morris (H,6) 0.2000000 3.25
Steve Cishek (S,14) 1000020 2.45
IBB - Rizzo by A.J. Ramos
HBP - Barney (by A.J. Ramos)
Pitches-Strikes - Henderson Alvarez 69-54, Dan Jennings 16-10, A.J. Ramos 20-8, Mike Dunn 18-8, Bryan Morris 4-2, Steve Cishek 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Henderson Alvarez 7-4, Dan Jennings 1-0, A.J. Ramos 1-0, Mike Dunn 1-0, Bryan Morris 1-1
Batters Faced - Henderson Alvarez 23, Dan Jennings 3, A.J. Ramos 5, Mike Dunn 4, Bryan Morris 2, Steve Cishek 3
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B4030001 .274
Junior Lake, CF5010014 .243
Anthony Rizzo, 1B4000131 .276
Starlin Castro, SS5110033 .269
Luis Valbuena, 3B3111110 .267
Nate Schierholtz, RF4012014 .221
Chris Coghlan, LF3010100 .204
John Baker, C3010012 .148
Jake Arrieta, P2000002 .182
   Brian Schlitter, P00000001.000
   a-Darwin Barney, PH0100000 .198
   Pedro Strop, P0000000 .000
   b-Justin Ruggiano, PH1000001 .241
   Justin Grimm, P0000000 .000
Totals34393310  
a-hit by pitch for Schlitter in the 7th
b-grounded out for Strop in the 8th
Batting
2B - Junior Lake (10, Ramos), Starlin Castro (17, Alvarez), Luis Valbuena (14, Alvarez)
3B - Nate Schierholtz (3, Jennings)
SH - Emilio Bonifacio (4), John Baker (1)
RBI - Luis Valbuena (13), Nate Schierholtz 2 (20)
2-OUT RBI - Luis Valbuena (6)
CS - Emilio Bonifacio (5, 3rd base by Alvarez/Realmuto)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Castro-Bonifacio-Rizzo
E - Chris Coghlan (1, Throwing)
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jake Arrieta 6300070 2.50
Brian Schlitter (BS,1) 1322100 2.43
Pedro Strop (L,0-3; BS,1) 1122220 4.58
Justin Grimm 1100010 3.10
IBB - Ozuna by Pedro Strop
WP - Pedro Strop (2)
HBP - Stanton (by Pedro Strop)
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Arrieta 93-60, Brian Schlitter 28-14, Pedro Strop 25-11, Justin Grimm 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Arrieta 7-3, Brian Schlitter 1-2, Justin Grimm 1-1
Batters Faced - Jake Arrieta 20, Brian Schlitter 7, Pedro Strop 7, Justin Grimm 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33134
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 58
Umpires - Home - Marcus Pattillo, First Base - David Rackley, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Tony Randazzo