CHICAGO (AP) — Henderson Alvarez's scoreless streak came to an end, and the Miami Marlins didn't care one bit. They were just happy to hear the talented right-hander should be able to make his next start after a scary play at first base.
Alvarez injured his left hip in the sixth, but Miami made the most of a wild afternoon for Pedro Strop in a 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday that averted a three-game series sweep.
The Marlins trailed 3-2 before they pushed across two runs in the eighth. They loaded the bases with one out on a walk, a hit by pitch and a single from Casey McGehee. Christian Yelich then scored on Garrett Jones' sacrifice fly and Giancarlo Stanton came home on a wild pitch from Strop (0-3).
Steve Cishek then struck out two in a scoreless ninth that gave him 14 saves in 15 tries.
The Cubs got six scoreless innings from Jake Arrieta, but came up just short in a bid for their first six-game winning streak since a seven-game run in 2011.
"I think these guys should keep their heads up," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "They're very disappointed right now because we felt like we were on the cusp of being able to have a perfect homestand."
Mike Dunn (5-3) got two outs for the win, but that was secondary for Miami after Alvarez went down. He began the day with a streak of 21 scoreless innings and is regarded as the Marlins' best pitcher after Jose Fernandez was shelved by a season-ending elbow surgery.
With one out in the sixth inning of a scoreless tie, Luis Valbuena grounded to Jones at first. Alvarez hustled over to cover the bag, but Jones' toss was high. The pitcher reached to tap the base with his right foot but missed and landed awkwardly, straining his left hip.
"He seems to be OK," manager Mike Redmond said. "He's got enough time in between starts. He should be fine. Obviously we'll know better tomorrow or the next couple of days."
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