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Jones' HR lifts Marlins over Cubs

Miami,  FL  (SportsNetwork.com) - Garrett  Jones hit  a three-run homer in the seventh  inning to  lift the Miami Marlins  over the Chicago Cubs, 6-5, in the middle installment of a three-game series.

Rafael  Furcal went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored for the Marlins, who bounced  back  from Monday's  5-4, 13-inning loss.  Adeiny Hechavarria went 4-for-5 with a run scored.

Miami  starter  Anthony DeSclafani  allowed four  runs on six  hits over 6 1/3 innings.  Sam Dyson (1-0)  tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to pick up his first win in the majors.

"I  definitely wanted  to give the bullpen a rest," DeSclafani said. "I always want  to  go out there and  give the team a  chance to win and throw up zeros. There  is a little  extra pressure. I was glad I was able to do that, get outs and get into the seventh inning."

Junior Lake hit a two-run homer for the Cubs, who fell to 4-5 on their current 10-game  road  trip. Justin  Ruggiano, Jeff Samardzija  and Luis Valbuena each knocked in a run.

Samardzija  gave up  three runs -- two  earned -- on seven hits while striking out  eight and  walking three over six innings. Brian Schlitter (2-2) took the loss after giving up Jones' homer in the seventh.

"He  had to work  hard the whole ballgame," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said of Samardzija.

The Cubs broke  a 3-3 tie in  the seventh. Ex-Marlin Chris Coghlan hit a one-out  single before  Dyson took  over  for DeSclafani.  Valbuena greeted  Dyson with an RBI double to right.

The  Marlins  responded  in  the  bottom half  with  Jones'  three-run  homer. Schlitter  gave up  a bunt single to Hechavarria before walking Casey McGehee. With one out, Jones smacked Schlitter's offering over the wall in right.

Chicago  got one run  back in the ninth. Steve Cishek gave up a leadoff double to  Ryan Sweeney, who moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Ruggiano's sacrifice  fly.  Cishek fanned  Anthony Rizzo  to record his  16th save of the season.

The  Marlins took  a 1-0 lead in  the first inning. Furcal and Hechavarria hit back-to-back  singles before  Giancarlo Stanton  struck out  swinging. McGehee followed  with a sharp grounder to Rizzo, who went to second with the throw in hopes  of  starting a  double play.  But Starlin Castro's  wild throw to first allowed Furcal to score.

The Cubs responded with three runs in the second. Nate Schierholtz was hit by a  pitch and  Lake  followed with  a  homer  to left.  Darwin  Barney and  Eli Whiteside   hit  consecutive  singles  before  pulling  off  a  double  steal. Samardzija then helped his own cause with a sacrifice fly to center.

Miami  tied things  up in  the fourth.  Marcell Ozuna  walked, Jake  Marisnick singled  and J.T.  Realmuto reached on Samardzija's fielding error to load the bases with no outs. DeSclafani then hit a dribbler in front of home plate that Whiteside turned into a 2-3 double play. Furcal followed with a two-run single up the middle to make it 3-3.

                                   Game Notes

McGehee  had an  11-game hitting streak snapped ... The Cubs went 0-for-8 with runners  in  scoring position  and stranded  seven, while  the Marlins went 2-for-13 with RISP and left eight men on ... Each team had nine hits.

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