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Marlins lose 5-3 to Cubs in 13 innings

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 6, 2014 at 8:19 pm •  Published: June 6, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — Miami had one big inning in an important spot, and that was it for the Marlins' lineup.

Reed Johnson hit a tying, two-run single with two outs in Miami's three-run ninth, but Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the 13th inning to give the Chicago Cubs a 5-3 victory Friday.

The Marlins had just two hits in extra innings. Their last nine hitters went down in order.

"Other than the ninth inning, you know, mounting the rally, which was good to see, we put together some nice at-bats and gave ourselves a chance to play some extras," manager Mike Redmond said. "But then really in the extra innings, we didn't get anything going at all."

Garrett Jones had three hits for Miami, which had won four in a row. Nathan Eovaldi gave up three runs and six hits in 7 2-3 innings in his first career appearance against the Cubs.

"I felt like I threw the ball well," Eovaldi said. "Was able to use both sides of the plate, slider was good, and I was able to throw my curveball a lot today for strikes."

Rizzo also had a two-run double in the eighth as the Cubs earned their season-high fourth consecutive victory. Jason Hammel pitched seven scoreless innings and Chris Coghlan had an RBI double in his first game against his former team.

Junior Lake hit a leadoff single against Kevin Slowey (1-1) before Rizzo connected for his 12th homer, belting a long drive to right.

"I had a pretty good idea that Rizzo was going to be aggressive and wasn't able to get the ball where I needed to get it," Slowey said.

Carlos Villanueva (2-5) pitched two perfect innings as Chicago got its first four-game winning streak since last July 6-9. Coghlan and Nate Schierholtz each had two hits.

"I think they're playing with a lot of confidence right now and they're continuing to pick each other up," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "I think they're starting to feel and know they can do this."

Hammel allowed six hits, struck out eight and walked one, extending his scoreless streak to 14 innings over his last two outings. The right-hander, who could be an attractive trade target for a contender at next month's deadline, is 2-1 with a 1.42 ERA over his last four starts.

Hammel was in line for his seventh victory, which would have matched his total from last season, before the Marlins scored three times in the ninth against closer Hector Rondon. Justin Bour had a run-scoring grounder before Johnson, another pinch hitter, came up with his big hit against one of his former teams.

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