CHICAGO (AP) -Despite a number of key injuries, manager
have found a way to stay on top of the NL Central.
pitched seven solid innings and the Cubs snapped a 10-game losing streak to the
with a 6-3 victory Thursday night.
After a 2-4 road trip, the Cubs got home runs from
and a two-run double from
to improve to 38-12 at Wrigley Field.
''I don't know want to use the word remarkable, but that's what comes to mind,'' Piniella said. ''Of the fact that we haven't
been to where we want to go for a long time everybody has gotten on our bandwagon but it hasn't been easy. It's been a complete
struggle if you want to know the truth.
, subbing for closer
who was placed on the 15-day disabled before the game, got four outs for his fourth save but it wasn't smooth. He threw 38
pitches in the ninth and loaded the bases, finally ending it by striking out
on a 3-2 pitch.
homered for the Marlins, who have lost three of four overall and lost to the Cubs for the first time since April 25, 2006.
Zambrano (11-4), who drove in a run with a double, held the Marlins to two runs and five hits, striking out six and hitting
''What are the strengths of this club? We have darn good starting pitching. They give us a chance to win all games all the
time,'' Piniella said.
And the manager still has confidence in Marmol.
''He's a little too excited. He just needs to calm down a little bit, make his pitches, trust his pitches, he's got good stuff,''
Trailing 2-1, the Cubs got to Florida starter
(6-5) in the fifth inning.
drew a leadoff walk and Blanco singled. One out later, Zambrano ripped an RBI double down the left-field line to score DeRosa
and tie the game at 2.
With first base open, the Marlins elected to walk
to load the bases. Olsen got
to hit a comebacker and he forced Blanco at home. But Olsen walked
on a 3-2 pitch to make it 3-2.
With the crowd still on its feet,
followed with a double over the head of right fielder
, who took a bad route on the ball. Soriano and Theriot scored to put the Cubs up 5-2, but Lee was thrown out at the plate.
''I thought I executed my pitch,'' Olsen said. ''Apparently not, but it's not my decision. The one to Lee, it is what it is.
It was close. It's going to go either way.''
Blanco hit a solo homer with two outs in the sixth.
The Marlins threatened in the eighth. Cubs reliever
came in with the bases loaded and no outs and got
to fly out to shallow right.
''We had some opportunities. We weren't able to put a crooked number up in the eighth or the ninth inning and they put up
a big number in the ninth,'' Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
then drove the ball to right, but DeRosa made a spectacular diving catch.
tagged up at third to cut the lead to 6-3. Marmol got the final out of the inning, by striking out
DeRosa got some positioning help from center fielder
before the catch.
''He gave me a single like he was falling asleep, but I read it to move over a couple of steps and it worked,'' DeRosa said.
After Olsen singled in the third, Ramirez hit his 24th homer into the bleachers in left.
Olsen allowed six runs and seven hits. He walked three and had three strikeouts.
Chicago general manager Jim Hendry hopes Wood can return Tuesday at Milwaukee when he is eligible to be activated. He was
put on the DL retroactive to July 14 with a blister on his pitching hand.
Cedeno led off the third with his second homer of the season.
Notes: Wood went on the DL for the 12th time in his 10-year career. ... Marlins 2B
was not in the lineup but pinch-hit in the ninth. ... Cubs RF
had the night off. ... Thursday night's attendance was 41,482 and the Cubs surpassed the 2 million mark, the fastest they
reached that figure in club history.