- Bruce Levine, Chicago baseball beat reporter
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CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Cubs’ 4-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday:
HOW IT HAPPENED: The Cubs beat former White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle, who was making his return to Chicago after signing with the Marlins in the offseason. Buehrle gave up a leadoff home run to Alfonso Soriano in the fifth inning, and the Cubs put up three more in the frame with Luis Valbuena hitting a sacrifice fly and Reed Johnson driving in two with a two-out single. Paul Maholm, who has been overlooked in recent trade rumors, cruised through eight innings, allowing five hits and one earned run to go along with four strikeouts and one walk. Maholm has allowed three earned runs over his past three starts, all victories. Carlos Marmol worked the ninth for his 11th save.
WHAT IT MEANS: The Cubs have won three straight series and 14 of their past 19 games … Going back to June 25, the Cubs are 5-0-1 in their last 6 series … Maholm is 4 -0 in his last five starts … Soriano’s home run was his 150th as a Cub. He is only the 13th Cub to have at least 150 in team history.
OUTSIDE THE BOX: The rumors continue to swirl around the Cubs as 12-15 scouts will follow the team to St. Louis to watch Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza pitch this weekend. Dempster said he has not been told about any imminent deal. ... Jorge Soler is scheduled to make his debut in the Arizona Fall League on Thursday night as the designated hitter for the club's Mesa affiliate.
UP NEXT:Dempster (5-3 ,1.86), who is riding a 33-inning scoreless streak makes what could be his final start with the Cubs against the Cardinals’ Kyle Lohse (9-2, 2.80) at 7:15 p.m. Friday.
Rapid Reaction: Paul Maholm beat Mark Buehrle and the Marlins.