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Fish Wrap: Marlins 7, Cubs 5

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The Marlins used some timely hitting, good long relief, and a fortunate call to win the four game series against the Cubs. Bringing the Fish to 10-4 for the month of July.

The Marlins got on the board early, when in the first, Emilio Bonifacio led off the game with a walk and Greg Dobbs followed with a home run to left center. Later in the inning Hanley Ramirez hit a long ball of his own to make the score: 3-0 Marlins.

The Cubs would answer back immediately when they started the bottom of the frame with three consecutive doubles to plate 2 runs. Then with two outs, Blake Dewitt singled to right to tie the game at 3 a piece.

In the second, the Cubs took the lead. They opened the inning with two singles in-a-row and a sac bunt later had men on second and third with one out. Reed Johnson hit a sac fly to make the score: 4-3 Cubs.

But don't worry, the game gets better.

With one out in the fourth, Mike Stanton walked and Mike Cameron followed with a double to place both runners in scoring position for John Buck. And Buck did not disappoint. The Marlins catcher singled to center to score Stanton and tie the game. But that was all the Marlins would get out of the inning. Score: 4-4 Marlins.

And there the scoring would stand until the top of the eighth. With two outs Cubs pitcher, Kerry Wood, hit John Buck and walked Wes Helms. At which point with the go ahead run in scoring position, Jack decided to make a move and sent in Brett Hayes to pinch run for Buck. Wood made a good move and throw to second to try and pickoff Hayes which would have ended the inning. Fortunately for the Marlins, Hayes was ruled safe on the play. The biased replays didn't agree with the call, but hey, it was the call on the field. Anyways, Boni hit an infield single to third to load the bases which brought Dobbs to the plate. Dobbs was taking until he saw a strike, he never did. The walk of Dobbs on four straight pitches gave the Marlins a one run lead. With the bases still loaded, Logan Morrison hit a single to center to score two more runs. Score: 7-4 Marlins.

The Cubs would get a run in the bottom half of the eighth to close the gap to 7-5, but the scoring ended there. Leo Nunez came on for the save. Of course Leo put the first runner on base, as per his normal, but got the next three batters out in succession for his 26th save of the season.

All in all, it was a good road trip to the Windy City.