Marlins' Wolf serves up HRs in 5-2 loss to Cubs

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 7, 2014 at 8:01 pm •  Published: June 7, 2014
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CHICAGO (AP) — Marlins pitcher Randy Wolf likes to live on the edge — of the plate.

He couldn't find it consistently Saturday and he served up a few pitches that the Marlins feasted on.

Junior Lake hit two home runs, Emilio Bonifacio added a two-run shot and Chicago extended its winning streak to five with a 5-2 win over Miami.

"(Wolf) didn't get a whole lot on the edges today and he's a guy that kind of relies on the edges of the plate," Miami manager Mike Redmond said. "They made him throw it over the plate and they got some big hits."

Wolf (1-2) gave up four runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings. He said he had trouble controlling his curveball, especially early, and that limited his repertoire.

"(My command) came along a little bit later in the game, but for me fastball command and that curveball, throwing those for strikes is big," Wolf said.

Jeff Samardzija (2-5) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, striking out eight. Pedro Strop got his second save.

"I really love how we're playing right now as a team in all phases," Samardzija said. "To win big league ballgames you have to have all three or four phases of the game. I love the way we're swinging it right now, and as a pitcher it gives you a lot of confidence to go out and pound the zone."

Lake, who has eight homers, had a pair of solo shots for the second multihomer game of his career.

"I think everybody's contributing in some shape or form," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "There are a lot of different things, a lot of little things. They're just playing the game."

Christian Yelich went 2 for 4 with a homer for the Marlins.

The Marlins struck first when Yelich homered in the third inning for a 1-0 lead.

The Cubs went in front in the bottom half when Samardzija singled and Bonifacio hammered a 3-2 pitch into the left-field bleachers for a 2-1 lead. It was Bonifacio's first homer since July 30 last season.

"That was great," Samardzija said. "I got to jog around the bases instead of having to score from first."

The Cubs stretched the lead to 3-1 in the fifth when Lake hit a long homer into the shrubbery in center field, connecting with a 79 mph changeup on a 2-1 count.



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