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Cubs close out Marlins series with convincing win

Miami,  FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Nate Schierholtz hit a three-run homer to cap 
a  four-run sixth inning, and Chicago topped Miami, 6-1, in Wednesday's rubber 
match of a three-game series. 

Starlin  Castro finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored 
for  the Cubs, who  have won four of six overall. Anthony Rizzo also collected 
three hits and Darwin Barney drove in a run. 

Jake  Arrieta (3-1)  yielded  five hits  and  one run  with  a career-high  11 
strikeouts over seven strong innings. 

Giancarlo  Stanton  homered but left with  a wrist injury in the eighth inning 
for the Marlins, who have dropped five of seven. 

Nathan Eovaldi (4-3) was tagged in the loss for five runs on nine hits in six- 
plus frames. 

Rizzo reached in the sixth with a one-out single and scored on Castro's double 
to  the  wall in right center  to put the visitors  ahead by a 2-1 score. Ryan 
Sweeney's  single  placed runners  on the corners  and Schierholtz reached the 
facing of the upper deck in right for a 5-1 Cubs' edge. 

Chicago  tacked on  another run in the  eighth. Castro led off with an infield 
hit,  Sweeney singled,  a John Baker fielder's choice grounder left runners on 
the corners and a single to deep short from Barney plated Castro. 

Arrieta  retired the final six batters faced, then Pedro Strop worked around a 
leadoff  walk  to Rafael  Furcal in the  home eighth by  sending down the next 
three batters. 

James Russell capped the victory on a 1-2-3 ninth. 

In  the  first, Coghlan doubled  with one down and  scored on a two-out double 
from Castro, and Stanton equalized for the hosts. 

                                   Game Notes 

Chicago  took four of  six from Miami in the season series ... Last night, the 
Marlins reinstated Eovaldi from paternity leave and optioned pitcher Sam Dyson 
to  Triple-A  New Orleans ...  During the  contest, the Marlins announced that 
pitcher  Randy  Wolf cleared waivers and  has elected free agency ... The Cub
open  up  a 10-game  homestand  Friday  against  Pittsburgh, and  the  Marlins 
continue their current residency by hosting the Mets on Thursday. 

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