MIAMI GARDENS, FL - MAY 18: Hanley Ramirez #2 of the Florida Marlins is congratulated by Joey Espada #4 after hitting a solo home run off of Ryan Dempster #46 of the Chicago Cubs during a game at Sun Life Stadium on May 18, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
While the Miami Heat took care of business against one Chicago team, the Marlins couldn't hold on to their lead to do the same against another, and they dropped game one of their two-game set with the Cubs.
The Cubs would tie the game against Ricky Nolasco in the top of the third. Koyie Hill singled to lead off the inning, and Kosuke Fukudome added a one-out single of his own before Darwin Barney grounded out to score Hill.
In the top of the fifth, some crummy defense allowed the Cubs to score and unearned run, and take a 3-1 lead over the Fish. Koyie doubled to lead off, and Fukudome added a one-out single to move him to third. A sac fly by Barney scored Hill. Starlin Castro was up next, and hit a single that fell in front of Logan Morrison, then squirted past him to the wall, allowing Fukudome to score. Dobbs topped off the inning with an error of his own, and the Cubs were up 3-1.
The Fish would score four runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead once again. Ricky was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, and singles by Hanley and Gaby Sanchez scored him. Greg Dobbs added a two-out double to plate Hanley and Gaby, and Mike Stanton's single brought Dobbs home and made it 5-3 in favor of the Fish.
In the top of the sixth, the Cubs added two more runs to tie up the game once again. After Ricky logged two outs, Koyie Hill added yet another single, and Reed Johnson followed with a two-run shot.
Too bad the Marlins were finished scoring for the night. After Dempster finished the fifth, the Cubs bullpen took over and held the Marlins scoreless the rest of the way.
The Marlins' bullpen didn't do the same.
Edward Mujica replaced Ricky in the seventh and worked a scoreless inning, but he struggled in the eighth. He gave up a home run to Marlon Byrd and a single to Alfonso Soriano before Mike Dunn came in to the game. Dunn induced a ground ball for a fielder's choice that plated another run, and the Cubs had a 7-5 lead that they would keep.