had shaving cream caked on his collar, while
had the stuff dripping from his neck and earlobes.
Back-to-back solo homers in the ninth inning to win a game - on consecutive pitches, no less - left the
in a delirious mood.
Two outs from defeat, Uggla and Ross turned the Marlins' fortunes around with two mighty swings. Uggla tied it with his 19th
homer, Ross followed with his second of the day and 17th of the year, and Florida beat the
3-2 on Sunday to move within five games of Philadelphia for the NL East lead.
''We've got one thing in mind,'' said Ross, who also made two sliding catches in center field and hit a game-ending home run
for the second time in his career. ''I think everyone knows what that is.''
(4-3) blew a save for the second straight night for the Cubs, his fifth failure in 26 opportunities this season. The former
Florida closer retired pinch-hitter
to lead off the ninth, then fell behind 3-1 to Uggla, who settled in and waited for an off-speed offering.
Boom! His no-doubter into the blue seats high above the left-field scoreboard tied it at 2.
''I've seen Gregg a lot, and the last few years he's been as dominant as anybody,'' said Uggla, wiping away remnants of the
obligatory shaving-cream-in-the-face celebration in the clubhouse.
Uggla hadn't even caught his breath when Ross connected, and the Marlins ended their homestand with a mob scene at home plate.
''It wasn't pretty,'' Cubs manager
said. ''The thing finished quick.''
(2-0) allowed his first run in 11 innings as a Marlin - a first-pitch shot by
leading off the ninth. It was Fox's eighth homer of the season.
Alas, that was just the start of the late-game heroics.
''It was two pitches,'' Gregg said. ''Twenty-five guys put together a great effort and two pitches are why we walk out of
Both starters were stellar while working with little run support.
retired the final 14 batters he faced, giving up one run and four hits in seven innings. The Cubs'
, in his second start back from the disabled list, pitched six shutout innings, yielding just three hits.
Dempster left with a 1-0 lead, which
promptly wasted. Two batters into his outing, Heilman served up Ross' first homer of the day, a drive to straightaway center
The Cubs went in front when
in the third. Fuld drew a one-out walk and went to second on
's single, part of a three-hit day for the Cubs' shortstop.
Nolasco was unhittable from there.
Not only did he set down the final 14 he faced, Nolasco only let one ball escape the infield during that stretch. Nolasco,
who has taken the loss just once in his last 10 starts, lowered his ERA to 5.00, nearly half from what it was May 22 (a season-worst
''It all starts with starting pitching,'' Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ''
was outstanding today. And to go back-to-back there in the ninth inning was something special, against a pretty good closer.''
NOTES: Ramirez, the Marlins' shortstop and NL batting leader, was out of the starting lineup because of a bruised left knee
sustained when he was hit by a pitch Saturday. ... Chicago is 3-33 when scoring two runs or less this season. ... Cubs 3B
was held out after getting hit on the left forearm Saturday. He said he'll try to play Monday at Cincinnati. ... Marlins C
extended his hitting streak to 10 games.