Costly error, missed chance as Cubs lose to Marlins 4-2

MIAMI (AP) Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon says this season is like learning to swim, with his team hoping to tread water until several key players return from the disabled list.

''We're just trying to keep the floaties on,'' Maddon said before Sunday's game.

Then came another injury and another defeat, leaving the defending World Series champions with that sinking feeling once again.

The Cubs wasted a fine pitching performance by Mike Montgomery, stranding 11 runners and allowing three unearned runs to lose to the Miami Marlins, 4-2.

Chicago also lost shortstop Addison Russell , who departed in the fourth inning. He complained of a sharp pinching pain in his throwing shoulder, which has bothered him at times the past two seasons. Russell is expected to miss at least one game and perhaps more.

The Marlins scored three unearned runs in the first after leadoff hitter Ichiro Suzuki reached when Russell bobbled his grounder for an error.

''The first play of the game was indicative - an awkward spin on the ball, I understand that,'' Maddon said.

''There were just a couple of other things we did today that kind of gave it to them. Of course we didn't hit enough.''

Edinson Volquez (4-8) gave up five hits and five walks in five innings, but stranded eight runners and departed with a 3-2 lead.

''I got used to pitching from the stretch,'' Volquez said with a smile. ''I was able to make a lot of good pitches to get out of innings.''

Volquez and three relievers combined to give up eight hits and seven walks. But the Cubs bounced into a double play, had a runner caught stealing and stranded at least one runner in seven innings.

Maddon was most annoyed about a botched hit and run with Wilson Contreras at the plate, which led to Ian Happ being caught stealing.

''We were trying to avoid a double play,'' Maddon said. ''The mental mistakes are what make me upset.''

Suzuki, 43, became the oldest player to start in center field since at least 1900, surpassing Rickey Henderson. Suzuki batted leadoff for the first time this year and went 0 for 4, dropping his average to .200.

Giancarlo Stanton hit his 20th homer for Miami, a solo shot off reliever Pedro Strop in the seventh.

Montgomery (1-4), making his fourth start of the year, settled down after the rocky first to pitch six innings. He allowed three runs, none earned, and his ERA fell to 2.03.

Volquez improved to 8-0 in 13 games against the Cubs, the best record against them among active pitchers. He said he didn't know until afterward he was undefeated against them.

A.J. Ramos retired all four batters he faced for his 12th save. The Marlins have scored 12 runs on 21 hits in their past five games, but won three.

''We stole a couple in there,'' manager Don Mattingly said.

''The pitching has kept the games close,'' Ramos said. ''We're going to start hitting again pretty soon. We were due for a stretch where we weren't hitting as much, but we're doing enough to get wins.''

The Marlins' Martin Prado, playing his third game after a long stint on the disabled list, hit a two-run double in the first for his first RBIs since May 5.

Volquez walked the bases loaded in the second, but escaped when Anthony Rizzo popped out to end the inning. In the fourth inning Rizzo delivered a sacrifice fly, but Kris Bryant then struck out on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning and strand two more runners.

''Probably just trying to do too much instead of just score one,'' Maddon said.

Miami and Chicago split the four-game series.

HR CONTEST

Stanton confirmed he will defend his title in the All-Star Home Run Derby in Miami on July 10.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (right hand tendinitis) said he's not ready to throw from a mound yet and probably won't return until after the All-Star break. Hendricks began a throwing program from flat ground Saturday that he plans to continue for several days.

''It was good just to go out and throw and not have any pain, and show up today and not have any residual soreness,'' he said.

UP NEXT

Cubs: RHP Eddie Butler (3-2, 4.19) is scheduled to start Monday when the Cubs began a four-game series at Washington against LHP Gio Gonzalez (7-1, 2.96).

Marlins: Following a day off, the Marlins open a three-game series at home against the Mets, with RHP Dan Straily (5-4, 3.43) scheduled to pitch Tuesday against RHP Robert Gsellman (5-5, 6.04).

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  • W: E. Volquez (4-8)L: M. Montgomery (1-4)S: A. Ramos (12)
  • HR: MIA - G. Stanton (20)
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M. Montero C30200101.292.373.448.8213.0
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  • a-walked for Strop in the 8th
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E. Volquez P20000020.174.208.174.382-1.0
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    BATTING
    • SF - A. Rizzo (2), T. La Stella
    • SH - M. Montgomery (3)
    • RBI - A. Rizzo (48), T. La Stella (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Prado (3)
    • HR - G. Stanton (20)
    • RBI - G. Stanton (49), M. Ozuna (54), M. Prado 2 (8)
    • 2-Out RBI - G. Stanton (12), M. Prado 2 (4)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - W. Contreras (2)
    • CS - I. Happ
    FIELDING
    • E - A. Russell (8)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Montgomery (L, 1-4)6.04302602.031.2113.0
    P. Strop1.01110113.671.301.5
    H. Rondon1.00000104.131.163.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Montgomery (L, 1-4)6.0
    P. Strop1.0
    H. Rondon1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    E. Volquez (W, 4-8)5.05225404.151.4312.0
    J. Garcia (H, 8)1.01000103.240.882.5
    D. Phelps (H, 13)1.22002103.651.30-0.5
    A. Ramos (S, 12)1.10000103.621.2810.5
    PITCHERSIP
    E. Volquez (W, 4-8)5.0
    J. Garcia (H, 8)1.0
    D. Phelps (H, 13)1.2
    A. Ramos (S, 12)1.1
    PITCHING
    • WP - M. Montgomery (4)
    • HBP - M. Montgomery (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Montgomery 91-65, P. Strop 18-11, H. Rondon 16-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Montgomery 8-5, P. Strop 2-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Montgomery 26, P. Strop 4, H. Rondon 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - E. Volquez 90-56, J. Garcia 15-12, D. Phelps 25-13, A. Ramos 14-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Volquez 2-9, J. Garcia 1-1, D. Phelps 2-0, A. Ramos 1-2
    • Batters Faced - E. Volquez 25, J. Garcia 4, D. Phelps 7, A. Ramos 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    A. Rizzo 1B40110004.261.390.507.8982.0
    K. Bryant RF-CF40100123.263.396.517.9141.0
    I. Happ CF-2B50100022.262.338.577.915-1.0
    A. Russell SS20000002.232.300.408.7080.0
    W. Contreras RF11000200.248.314.417.7325.0
    M. Montero C30200101.292.373.448.8213.0
    T. La Stella 3B31110003.250.367.400.7673.0
    J. Baez 2B-SS30100101.265.303.475.7782.0
    M. Montgomery P20000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
    P. Strop P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    a- M. Zagunis PH00000100.000.182.000.1821.0
    H. Rondon P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. Jay LF30100111.319.400.393.7931.5
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    • a-walked for Strop in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    I. Suzuki CF41000000.200.232.284.5171.0
    G. Stanton RF31111101.277.360.555.9157.0
    J. Bour 1B31000121.289.363.573.9371.0
    A. Ramos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    M. Ozuna LF41110010.319.383.575.9582.5
    J. Realmuto C40100022.288.346.458.8040.0
    M. Prado 3B40120011.278.301.392.6943.5
    D. Dietrich 2B20100000.234.316.359.6742.0
    D. Phelps P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    T. Moore 1B0000-000.263.284.566.000-
    J. Riddle SS30000004.230.251.354.6050.0
    E. Volquez P20000020.174.208.174.382-1.0
    J. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    D. Gordon 2B10000000.290.338.355.6920.0
    Total304541289-----
      BATTING
      • SF - A. Rizzo (2), T. La Stella
      • SH - M. Montgomery (3)
      • RBI - A. Rizzo (48), T. La Stella (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Prado (3)
      • HR - G. Stanton (20)
      • RBI - G. Stanton (49), M. Ozuna (54), M. Prado 2 (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - G. Stanton (12), M. Prado 2 (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Contreras (2)
      • CS - I. Happ
      FIELDING
      • E - A. Russell (8)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Montgomery (L, 1-4)6.04302602.031.2113.0
      P. Strop1.01110113.671.301.5
      H. Rondon1.00000104.131.163.5
      Total8.0541281---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Montgomery (L, 1-4)6.0
      P. Strop1.0
      H. Rondon1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Volquez (W, 4-8)5.05225404.151.4312.0
      J. Garcia (H, 8)1.01000103.240.882.5
      D. Phelps (H, 13)1.22002103.651.30-0.5
      A. Ramos (S, 12)1.10000103.621.2810.5
      Total9.0822770---
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Volquez (W, 4-8)5.0
      J. Garcia (H, 8)1.0
      D. Phelps (H, 13)1.2
      A. Ramos (S, 12)1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Montgomery (4)
      • HBP - M. Montgomery (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Montgomery 91-65, P. Strop 18-11, H. Rondon 16-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Montgomery 8-5, P. Strop 2-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Montgomery 26, P. Strop 4, H. Rondon 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Volquez 90-56, J. Garcia 15-12, D. Phelps 25-13, A. Ramos 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Volquez 2-9, J. Garcia 1-1, D. Phelps 2-0, A. Ramos 1-2
      • Batters Faced - E. Volquez 25, J. Garcia 4, D. Phelps 7, A. Ramos 4
      • 7TH INNING
        Stanton homered to left24
      • 5TH INNING
        La Stella hit sacrifice fly to center, Contreras scored23
      • 4TH INNING
        Rizzo hit sacrifice fly to left, La Stella scored13
      • 1ST INNING
        Prado doubled to left center, Bour and Ozuna scored03
        Ozuna singled to center, Suzuki scored, Bour to second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • A. Ramos Pitching:
        • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
        • I. Happ: Strike swinging, Ball, Happ grounded out to second
        • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Contreras popped out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • D. Phelps Pitching:
        • J. Baez: Strike looking, Baez grounded out to pitcher
        • Mark Zagunis hit for Pedro Strop
        • M. Zagunis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zagunis walked
        • J. Jay: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Jay struck out looking
        • AJ Ramos pitching
        • Tyler Moore at first
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Rizzo flied out to center
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Hector Rondon pitching
        • M. Ozuna: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ozuna flied out to deep left
        • J. Realmuto: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Realmuto lined out to left
        • M. Prado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Prado struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Dee Gordon at second
        • David Phelps pitching
        • I. Happ: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Happ singled to right
        • W. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Happ caught stealing, catcher to second, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Contreras walked
        • M. Montero: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Montero singled to right, Contreras to second
        • T. La Stella: Strike looking, La Stella grounded into double play shortstop to first, Montero out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Pedro Strop pitching
        • D. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gordon grounded out to second
        • I. Suzuki: Ball, Ball, Suzuki grounded out to first
        • G. Stanton: Strike swinging, Stanton homered to left
        • J. Bour: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bour struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Jarlin Garcia relieved Edinson Volquez
        • M. Montgomery: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Montgomery struck out swinging
        • J. Jay: Foul, Jay lined out to left
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Rizzo singled to left
        • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Bryant reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Rizzo out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Montgomery Pitching:
        • M. Prado: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Prado lined out to center
        • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Dietrich lined out to second
        • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Riddle grounded out to first
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • E. Volquez Pitching:
        • I. Happ: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Happ struck out swinging
        • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Contreras walked
        • M. Montero: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Contreras stole second, Strike swinging, Montero singled to left center, Contreras to third
        • T. La Stella: La Stella hit sacrifice fly to center, Contreras scored
        • J. Baez: Baez popped out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Montgomery Pitching:
        • J. Bour: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bour struck out swinging
        • M. Ozuna: Ozuna grounded out to third
        • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Realmuto struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • E. Volquez Pitching:
        • T. La Stella: Ball, La Stella singled to center
        • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Baez singled to left, La Stella to second
        • M. Montgomery: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Montgomery struck out looking
        • J. Jay: Strike swinging, Ball, Jay singled to left, La Stella to third, Baez to second
        • A. Rizzo: Foul, Rizzo hit sacrifice fly to left, La Stella scored
        • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Willson Contreras in right
        • E. Volquez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Volquez struck out swinging
        • I. Suzuki: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Suzuki grounded out to shortstop
        • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Stanton lined out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • E. Volquez Pitching:
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bryant walked
        • I. Happ: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Happ struck out swinging
        • A. Russell: Strike looking, Foul, Russell fouled out to third
        • M. Montero: Pickoff attempt, Montero flied out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Montgomery Pitching:
        • M. Ozuna: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ozuna struck out looking
        • J. Realmuto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Realmuto reached on an infield single to third
        • M. Prado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Realmuto to second on wild pitch, Prado grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Dietrich: Ball, Dietrich hit by pitch
        • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Riddle flied out to left
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • E. Volquez Pitching:
        • M. Montero: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Montero walked
        • T. La Stella: La Stella popped out to first
        • J. Baez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Baez walked, Montero to second
        • M. Montgomery: Montgomery hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Montero to third, Baez to second
        • J. Jay: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Jay walked
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Rizzo flied out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Montgomery Pitching:
        • E. Volquez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Volquez struck out looking
        • I. Suzuki: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Suzuki grounded out to pitcher
        • G. Stanton: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Stanton walked
        • J. Bour: Bour grounded out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • E. Volquez Pitching:
        • A. Rizzo: Rizzo popped out to third
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bryant singled to left
        • I. Happ: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Happ flied out to deep right
        • A. Russell: Russell reached on fielder's choice to third, Bryant out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Montgomery Pitching:
        • I. Suzuki: Strike looking, Ball, Suzuki safe at first on shortstop Russell fielding error
        • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Stanton lined out to third
        • J. Bour: Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Bour walked, Suzuki to second
        • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ozuna singled to center, Suzuki scored, Bour to second
        • J. Realmuto: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Realmuto struck out swinging
        • M. Prado: Prado doubled to left center, Bour and Ozuna scored
        • D. Dietrich: Dietrich reached on an infield single to second, Prado to third
        • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Riddle grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)