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Cubs beat Marlins in 13th on pitcher Wood's pinch-hit double

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MIAMI -- Chicago Cubs pitcher Travis Wood delivered a victory from the mound on Sunday. A day later, he did the same from the batter's box.

The pinch-hitting pitcher had an RBI double with two outs in the 13th inning, giving the Cubs a 5-4 victory against the Miami Marlins.

"I knew I was coming up that inning, so I had been stretched out, swinging down in the tunnel," Wood said. "I came up, luckily Junior got on and I was able to hit it down the line and put us up."

Called on to bat for reliever Carlos Villanueva (3-5), Wood hit a sharp groundball off Jacob Turner (2-5) down the left-field line, scoring Junior Lake for the go-ahead run.

Wood was pressed into action as available players dwindled. Cubs manager Rick Renteria used lefties Chris Coghlan and Nate Schierholtz in the seventh and 10th innings, respectively.

By the 13th, the Cubs had gone through seven pitchers and all batters but righty Eli Whiteside.

"[Whiteside] was my last guy, then if we get beyond and I use Russ [James Russell], I need somebody to pitch and I still need another body," Renteria said. "The way [Wood] handles the bat, he gave us, he gave himself a chance in that at-bat."

Wood, who is hitting .250 this season, was 0 for 4 as a pinch hitter entering the game.

"I always hit growing up, out of high school," Wood said. "I didn't have three, four years of not hitting. So I kind of just stuck with it and it's part of my job as a starting pitcher in the National League, so I practice at it and try to do the best I can."

Miami's Tom Koehler was near perfect to start, retiring 14 of the first 15 batters. Only Mike Olt registered a hit against the Marlins' starter during that stretch.

But the Cubs overcame a 3-0 deficit in the sixth inning, highlighted by Starlin Castro's three-run homer.

After the Marlins were unable to turn a double play on pitcher Justin Hammel's bunt, Luis Valbuena and Justin Ruggiano followed with singles. Hammel ended Koehler's shutout when he scored on a groundout by Anthony Rizzo.

Castro then gave Chicago a 4-3 lead with a three-run homer, his 10th of the season.

"Other than the curveball that I hung there, they did a good job of hitting some quality pitches," Koehler said. "Unfortunately, in this game the results don't always mirror the quality of the outing. I do feel like I let the guys down when we had that three-run lead going into the inning."

Koehler, who gave up five hits and struck out five, failed to get beyond the sixth inning for the third time in his past four starts.

"Tom is having a tough time getting through that sixth inning," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "He was breezing. He's got to fight through that to win games at this level."

The Marlins responded in the bottom half of the sixth. Marcell Ozuna led off with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Adeiny Hechavarria.

Hammel allowed four runs and eight hits. He struck out nine in six innings.

Giancarlo Stanton put the Marlins on the board in the first inning with his 19th home run, a two-run line drive that just cleared the right-field wall.

"I could not get the slider down and that was the ball that Stanton hit," Hammel said. "I've never seen a home run like that. I think it took two seconds to get out of the ballpark. I thought it was going to be a foul ball and hitting the base of the wall or something. That's impressive."

Miami padded its lead in the third when Stanton scored on Casey McGehee's single to right.

The Marlins failed to convert with the bases loaded in the seventh. Garrett Jones grounded into a forceout at home and Ozuna struck out looking.

Notes

The Marlins observed a moment of silence for Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, who died Monday. ... The Cubs improved to 3-6 in extra inning games this season. The Marlins fell to 4-6. ... Castro registered his 11th three-hit game and now shares the major-league lead in the category with Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki. With his home run in the sixth, Castro picked up his eighth extra-base hit in his past 10 games. ... The Cubs intentionally walked Stanton in the 11th inning, giving the Marlins slugger 14 intentional passes this season. Stanton trails only Boston's David Ortiz (15) in intentional walks. ... Jake Marisnick and Justin Bour, both recalled from Triple-A New Orleans, saw action in Monday's game. Marisnick batted leadoff in place of the injured OF Christian Yelich and finished 2 for 6 with run, a walk and two stolen bases. Bour struck out in a pinch-hit appearance for Koehler in the sixth inning, ... The teams continue the series Tuesday night, with Chicago RHP Jeff Samardzija (2-6) facing RHP Anthony DeSclafani (1-1).

 
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Junior Lake greets a happy Cubs dugout after Travis Wood drives him in with a pinch-hit double in the 13th.  (Getty Images)
Junior Lake greets a happy Cubs dugout after Travis Wood drives him in with a pinch-hit double in the 13th. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Chicago

S. Castro
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Miami

G. Stanton
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Luis Valbuena, 2B-3B4120221 .289
Justin Ruggiano, RF5110031 .263
   Hector Rondon, P0000000 .000
   Darwin Barney, 2B1000012 .190
Anthony Rizzo, 1B5001113 .276
Starlin Castro, SS6133000 .286
Ryan Sweeney, CF6000002 .171
Junior Lake, LF6110021 .236
Mike Olt, 3B5010021 .153
   Carlos Villanueva, P0000000 .000
   a-Travis Wood, PH1011000 .276
   James Russell, P0000000 .000
John Baker, C5020112 .160
Jason Hammel, P1100001 .074
   b-Chris Coghlan, PH1000011 .182
   Justin Grimm, P0000000 .000
   Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
   Brian Schlitter, P00000001.000
   Pedro Strop, P0000000 .000
   c-Nate Schierholtz, PH-RF2000011 .209
Totals485115414  
a-doubled for Villanueva in the 13th
b-struck out for Hammel in the 7th
c-grounded out for Strop in the 10th
Batting
2B - Travis Wood (2, Turner)
HR - Starlin Castro (10, Koehler)
SH - Jason Hammel (3)
RBI - Anthony Rizzo (38), Starlin Castro 3 (38), Travis Wood (9)
2-OUT RBI - Starlin Castro 3 (11), Travis Wood (8)
CS - Luis Valbuena (1, 2nd base by Ramos/Mathis)
Team LOB - 9
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jason Hammel 6844191 3.02
Justin Grimm 0.1100200 2.97
Wesley Wright 0.1000000 2.61
Brian Schlitter 1.1000020 2.27
Pedro Strop 1000020 3.92
Hector Rondon 1100130 2.36
Carlos Villanueva (W,3-5) 2000210 6.41
James Russell (S,1) 1000000 2.45
IBB - Stanton by Carlos Villanueva
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 90-68, Justin Grimm 20-8, Wesley Wright 3-2, Brian Schlitter 17-13, Pedro Strop 10-9, Hector Rondon 26-17, Carlos Villanueva 34-18, James Russell 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 6-3, Justin Grimm 1-0, Wesley Wright 1-0, Brian Schlitter 2-0, Pedro Strop 1-0, Carlos Villanueva 1-4
Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 27, Justin Grimm 4, Wesley Wright 1, Brian Schlitter 4, Pedro Strop 3, Hector Rondon 5, Carlos Villanueva 8, James Russell 3
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jacob Marisnick, CF6120112 .333
Jeff Baker, 2B5000132 .234
Giancarlo Stanton, RF5222111 .303
Casey McGehee, 3B3021302 .313
Garrett Jones, 1B6000037 .268
Marcell Ozuna, LF6120034 .272
   Jacob Turner, P0000000 .250
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS5011022 .262
Jeff Mathis, C6010022 .211
Tom Koehler, P2000012 .095
   a-Justin Bour, PH1000010 .357
   Chris Hatcher, P0000000 .000
   Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
   A.J. Ramos, P0000000 .000
   b-Rafael Furcal, PH1000000 .176
   Steve Cishek, P0000000 .000
   Bryan Morris, P0000000 .000
   c-Reed Johnson, PH1000000 .273
   Dan Jennings, P0000000 .000
   Ed Lucas, LF1000000 .261
Totals484104617  
a-struck out for Koehler in the 6th
b-grounded out for Ramos in the 8th
c-grounded out for Morris in the 11th
Batting
3B - Marcell Ozuna (2, Hammel)
HR - Giancarlo Stanton (19, Hammel)
SF - Adeiny Hechavarria (4)
RBI - Giancarlo Stanton 2 (56), Casey McGehee (44), Adeiny Hechavarria (15)
2-OUT RBI - Casey McGehee (24)
SB - Jacob Marisnick 2 (2, 2nd base off Hammel/Baker), Giancarlo Stanton (5, 2nd base off Hammel/Baker)
Team LOB - 12
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tom Koehler 6544051 3.84
Chris Hatcher 0.2100020 3.00
Mike Dunn 0.1100010 3.95
A.J. Ramos 1100110 2.48
Steve Cishek 1000010 2.12
Bryan Morris 2100120 2.73
Dan Jennings 1000220 0.90
Jacob Turner (L,2-5) 1211000 6.43
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Koehler 87-63, Chris Hatcher 15-10, Mike Dunn 7-5, A.J. Ramos 13-6, Steve Cishek 11-8, Bryan Morris 26-17, Dan Jennings 26-15, Jacob Turner 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Koehler 6-7, Bryan Morris 2-2, Jacob Turner 2-1
Batters Faced - Tom Koehler 23, Chris Hatcher 3, Mike Dunn 2, A.J. Ramos 4, Steve Cishek 3, Bryan Morris 8, Dan Jennings 5, Jacob Turner 5
Game Information
Attendance - 19170
Game Time - 4:39
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Marcus Pattillo