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Chicago,  IL  (SportsNetwork.com) - Giancarlo  Stanton scored the go-ahead run on  a wild  pitch with  two down  in the  eighth inning,  as Miami  pulled out a 4-3 decision against Chicago in Sunday's finale of a three-game series.

Garrett  Jones,  Adeiny Hechavarria and J.T.  Realmuto drove in a run each for the Marlins, who avoided a sweep and have won five of their last seven.

Mike Dunn (5-3) struck out two while recording two outs in relief for the win. Henderson  Alvarez departed  in  the sixth  due  to a  left  hip strain  after giving  up one earned  run on seven hits with five strikeouts. He is listed as day-to-day.

Nate  Schierholtz  produced a two-run triple  and Luis Valbuena knocked in the other run for the Cubs, whose five-game win streak came to a halt.

Pedro  Strop  (0-3) surrendered  the deciding  runs in the  eighth to take the loss.

He  walked  Christian Yelich to start  the frame, then hit Stanton two batters later.  Casey  McGehee's single loaded the  bases before a Jones fly to center plated  Yelich with the tying run. Marcell Ozuna was given a free pass, then a Strop offering got away from catcher John Baker to score Stanton.

Dunn,  who  gave up Chicago's  presumed lead run in  the bottom of the seventh before  retiring  Schierholtz, exited with a  runner on second and one away in the eighth. Bryan Morris came on and set down the next two batters in order.

Steve Cishek fanned two in a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his 14th save.

"We're  never down  and out," Jones said.  "We have a lot of confidence in our team."

Chicago  picked up the game's first runs in the home sixth. Starlin Castro hit a  one-out double,  Luis  Valbuena added  a single,  then  Alvarez exited  the contest  for  Dan Jennings,  who immediately  served up  a two-run triple from Schierholtz.

Cubs starter Jake Arrieta  came out and the visitors knotted the score in the seventh  off Brian Schlitter. McGehee walked with one away and Ozuna's infield hit  kept  the frame alive, before  back-to-back RBI singles from Realmuto and Hechavarria pulled Miami even.

In  the  home seventh, a hit-by-pitch,  pop double and intentional walk filled the  sacks  with one out. Castro  fanned, but Valbuena showed patience against Dunn and forced in a run with a walk.

"Even  though we  lost, we're going to  Pittsburgh on a high note based on how well we've played," Arrieta said.

                                   Game Notes

Miami  continues its road  trip in Texas on Tuesday, while Chicago kicks off a 10-game  road  swing in Pittsburgh on  Monday ... Arrieta struck out seven and allowed  just  three hits  over six  scoreless frames ...  Alvarez saw his 26-inning  scoreless  streak end after his  departure, which stands as the third-longest in team history. Luis Aquino's 26 1/3 innings in 1994 ranks second.

 
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