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Sunday, July 17, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Marlins 7, Cubs 5

By Sahadev Sharma



CHICAGO -- Here's a look at the Marlins' win on Sunday at Wrigley.

How it happened: For the second straight game, the Marlins jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first, with home runs from Greg Dobbs and Hanley Ramirez. However, the Cubs answered right back with three of their own in the bottom half of the inning. With the game tied at four in the eighth, Kerry Wood seemed to have gotten out of the inning after picking Brett Hayes off second, but Hayes was ruled safe. Hayes would later score as Wood walked Greg Dobbs with the bases loaded. The Marlins tacked on two more insurance runs in the inning and went on to win 7-5.

What it means: The Cubs fall to a season-worst 20 games under .500. With the trade deadline two weeks away, who the Cubs move in that timeframe will be the main focus for the rest of the month.

Outside the box: After struggling with his four-seam fastball in the first inning, Wells seemingly abandoned the pitch. Wells threw the pitch eight times in the first, then used it only six more times in the next five innings when facing non-pitchers.

What’s next: Rodrigo Lopez (1-2, 4.02) takes on defending Cy Young winner Roy Halladay (11-3, 2.45) as the Cubs start a three game series with the Phillies Monday at Wrigley Field.