Just when it seemed like the Marlins would blow their lead and allow the Cubs to comeback Giancarlo Stanton who had homered in the fourth inning before hitting the go ahead single in the eighth to lift the Marlins 4-2 over the Cubs.
Stanton, who has struggled mightily all season, managed to raise his season batting average to .216 in the win as well. Despite the Cubs fourth straight loss, their longest losing streak of the season, they still maintain the best record in MLB. The Cubs will look to rebound quickly as they already got the first game of an eleven game road trip started off on the wrong foot.
Wei-Yin Chen (5-2) pitched a good game, but left after giving up the tying home run, for the Marlins pitching seven inning, giving up two runs, and five hits in the no decision. While Jon Lester, could not win his sixth straight start, also only gave up two runs in seven innings. The Cubs tied the game at two after David Ross led off the eighth inning with a home run.
After the Cubs tied the game Christian Yelich kicked off the Marlins rally when he was walked on a wild pitch by Pedro Strop (1-2), who took the loss, setting up Stanton's heroics.
J.T. Realmuto continued his food season, when promptly followed up Stanton, with a RBI double. Kyle Barraclough (4-2) won the game and pitched a scoreless eighth inning. David Phelps closed out the game with usual closer A.J. Ramos being rested. Phelps pitched himself in and out of a jam in the ninth when the Cubs loaded the bases but Phelps got Chris Coghlan to strike out and Ben Zobrist to fly out to end the game.
Both teams had seven hits in the game, but the Cubs over their losing streak have just nine runs in the four losses. Marcell Ozuna had an up and down game with committing an error as well hitting a home run in the sixth inning.
Tom Koehler (6-6) will go up against Kyle Hendricks (5-6) in game two tomorrow, first pitch is at 7:10.