CHICAGO (AP) -The offense was stalling and the losses were mounting.
could sense the frustration, but he noticed something else on Sunday.
High-fives. Smiles. And a sense of relief.
''It's nice to see some excitement on the bench, guys coming in high-fiving,'' Lee said after the
rallied for a 9-6 win over the
Lee homered and
had a pinch-hit, three-run double during a four-run seventh inning that helped put the Cubs back in sole possession of the
NL Central lead.
Chicago split its four-game series with Florida and moved one game ahead of the Brewers, who lost 11-6 to Houston. The Cubs
open a four-game series at Milwaukee on Monday night.
''Our bats came alive today,'' manager
said. ''Let's hope these bats travel well to Milwaukee.''
(1-1) pitched a perfect seventh for the win, and rookie
retired all six batters he faced for his first save in as many chances.
The Cubs appeared headed toward their eighth loss in 11 games early on.
hit a three-run homer in the second and a two-run shot in the third that made it 5-0 before Chicago's struggling offense showed
After scoring just two runs or less in four of the previous six games, the Cubs got a three-run homer from
to tie it at 5 in the fourth. And they answered after
made it 6-5 with a leadoff shot in the fifth.
Lee started the seventh with a drive to center off
(7-8), his 17th of the season. The Cubs loaded the bases with two outs, and Fontenot hit a 1-0 pitch from
over the head of left fielder
''We had the right guy in that situation,'' Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ''Just a flyball that Fontenot hit that just
kept going, but that's just the way it goes. Joe's been pretty good against left-handers.''
Florida fell two games back of NL East-leading New York heading into their three-game series in Miami.
''It was a big game and it would have been nice to get out of here winning three out of four,'' Jacobs said. ''We have a big
series coming up so we have to put this behind us. We have the Mets coming in and that's who we're chasing. Hopefully we can
have a good series at home.''
Jacobs drove a 3-2 fastball into the basket in center field for a 3-0 lead after
walked Willingham and hit Uggla in the second.
Jacobs struck again after Uggla singled with two out in the third. This time, he drove the first pitch from Marquis into the
right-field basket for his 22nd homer - a shot was initially ruled a double.
Marquis allowed six runs and nine hits in six innings, and
left with two outs in the fourth. He gave up five runs and eight hits.
While neither starter pitched well, the Cubs' bullpen dominated and Piniella went out of his way to praise Samardzija, the
former Notre Dame football star.
''We've been looking for one more good arm in the bullpen and I think we found it,'' he said.
Notes: Jacobs has three multihomer games this year and four in his career. ... Marlins C
(left hip strain) is being sent to Philadelphia to see a groin specialist. ... Marlins LHP
, on the 15-day DL since July 18 with patella tendinitis in right knee, threw a side session in Florida and is expected to
throw another one Monday. ... Piniella said he doesn't expect the league to take disciplinary action against him after he
and first base coach
were ejected for arguing a call at first in the bottom of the ninth on Saturday. ''All I did, basically, was I ran on the
field to get my coach off the field,'' Piniella said. ''I asked the umpire (Rob Drake) one question. He kicked me out. I don't
see why I should hear from (the league).''