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Bullpen Implodes, Marlins Fall 10-2 against Cubs

Brian Ellington allowed six runs in the seventh inning as Miami lost its second consecutive game.

MLB: Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins dropped their second consecutive game against the Chicago Cubs in a 10-2 drubbing Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.

Jeff Locke got the start for Miami and pitched well in the early innings before getting into trouble in the fifth. After retiring Jake Arrieta and Addison Russell to begin the bottom half of the inning, Locke imploded. He allowed two-out walks to Jon Jay and Kris Bryant before throwing a wild pitch to Rizzo that advanced them both into scoring position. Three pitches later Rizzo sent a fastball over the fence to give Chicago a 3-1 lead. The Cubs would go on to extend their lead to 4-1 after Jason Heyward drove in Willson Contreras -- who reached on an error by J.T. Riddle -- with a double to left.

J.T. Realmuto was the one bright spot for Miami as he put the Fish on the board in the first inning, scoring Giancarlo Stanton on a fielder’s choice. He also tripled in the seventh, which lead to the Marlins second and final run of the game on a Russell error.

Brian Ellington entered the game in the seventh in relief of Kyle Barraclough and was rocked. He allowed six runs -- all earned -- on five hits while recording just a single out. Dustin McGowan finished the game for the Marlins and allowed just two hits in 1.2 innings of work.

Arrieta has turned his season around as he picked up his third consecutive victory, and the Chicago bullpen was lights out, allowing just one hit in the latter four innings.

Miami will look to avoid a sweep Wednesday night when Jose Urena takes the mound against John Lackey. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m.