How it happened: Matt Garza was dominant, pitching seven shutout innings, allowing six hits, three walks and striking out six. But Carlos Marmol came on in the ninth and walked the bases loaded before yielding a three-run double to Greg Dobbs. Kerry Wood also struggled. Through six innings the only interruption of a pitching duel between Garza and Anibal Sanchez was Marlon Byrd’s home run in the second inning. It was his fourth of the season. Three of them have come against the Marlins.
What it means: This was not the way the Cubs wanted to start the second half, especially with possible changes looming.
Outside the box: Mike Quade’s rotation in the second half will be Garza, Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano, Randy Wells and Rodrigo Lopez. Lopez dropped veteran Ramon Ortiz, who will pitch out of the bullpen for now. The Cubs signed their third pick of June's draft, University of Miami outfielder Zeke DeVoss.
Next: Ryan Dempster (6-6, 5.01) vs. Ricky Nolasco (6-5, 3.70)