Series: Game 1 of 3

Florida leads 1-0 (as of 7/1)

Game 1: Monday, July 1
Chicago 1Final
Florida 11
Game 2: Tuesday, July 2
Chicago 7Final
Florida 9
Game 3: Wednesday, July 3
Chicago 6Final
Florida 2

Cubs 1

(33-47, 17-24 away)

Marlins 11

(42-40, 23-18 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 1, 2002

    Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

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    W: M. Tejera (4-1)

    L: C. Zambrano (0-1)

    Tejera stymies free-falling Cubs

    MIAMI (AP) -- Michael Tejera has been doing it all for the Florida Marlins.

    Tejera allowed one run over seven innings and drove in two runs to help his cause as the Marlins routed the Chicago Cubs 11-1 Monday night.

    Tejera (4-1) won his third straight start, striking out a career-high nine, and he also flashed some power at the plate for the second start in a row. After homering in his last outing against Philadelphia, Tejera went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles Monday as the Marlins won for only the third time in their last nine games.

    "I feel that everything is going my way,'' Tejera said. "I have more time to prepare when I start every four games after being used as a reliever.

    "I'm glad I have the ability to make contact with the ball and run the bases.''

    Florida scored seven runs -- four of them unearned -- in the fifth inning, all with two outs. Cubs rookie Carlos Zambrano allowed the four unearned runs, and reliever Jeff Fassero gave up three earned runs.

    Luis Castillo went 3-for-5 and drove in a pair of runs and Charles Johnson added three RBIs for the Marlins.

    "That was nice,'' Florida manager Jeff Torborg said. "When you get the pitcher driving in a few runs, that really helps. He looks so good since he got his feet on the ground as a starter. We've talked about pitching setting the tone. The kid was in command.''

    Cubs shortstop Alex Gonzalez's throwing error with two outs in the fifth allowed the first two runs of the seven-run inning to score. The Cubs have lost six of seven.

    With Florida leading 2-1, Castillo led off the fifth with a single and Cliff Floyd drew an intentional walk with two outs. Derrek Lee then hit a ground ball to the right of Gonzalez, whose throw to second sailed into right field. Lee went all the way to third, and Castillo and Floyd both scored to give the Marlins a 4-1 lead.

    Eric Owens then beat out in infield chopper, allowing Lee to score for a 5-1 lead. Kevin Millar singled off reliever Fassero, and Johnson delivered an RBI double. Tejera then drove in Millar and Johnson with a single, and took second on the throw to home. He scored on Castillo's double to left to push the lead to 9-1.

    "I don't know what happened,'' Gonzalez said. "The ball just got away from me. It's definitely a play that I should make.''

    The 21-year-old Zambrano (0-1) started for first time this year and for only the second time in his career. He went 4 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and six runs -- two earned.

    "He held his own,'' Cubs manager Don Baylor said. "He got the ground ball when he needed to. I thought he pitched fine. He did throw a lot of pitches, but overall he did his job.''

    After losing two of three over the weekend at Tampa Bay, the Marlins needed a boost of confidence in their return home. Tejera gave them a lift on the mound and at the plate.

    Tejera is 3-0 with two no-decisions since moving into the rotation, and he has allowed three runs in his last 25 innings.

    He's also doing the job at the plate.

    "He is such a good athlete, and he helped himself with the bat tonight,'' Torborg said.

    The Cubs took a brief 1-0 lead in the second on Joe Girardi's sacrifice fly, scoring Moises Alou. Tejera helped the Cubs, walking the bases loaded with one out.

    The Marlins scored twice in the second to go up 2-1.

    Lee opened with a double, took third on Owens' groundout, and scored on Johnson's fly to center. Millar was hit by a pitch, went to third on Tejera's single and scored on Castillo's chopper over the head of Bill Mueller at third.

    Game notes

    Florida optioned reliever Kevin Olsen to Triple-A Calgary and will activate RHP Brad Penny on Tuesday. ...After the game, the Cubs optioned reliever Francis Beltrand to Double-A West Tenn., likely in advance of them activating reliever Tom Gordon. ...The game was delayed 34 minutes at the start because of rain. ... The Cubs are the only team in the NL that the Marlins have a winning record against. The Marlins lead the series 46-43. ... During the past two seasons, Florida holds a 5-1 series lead against the Cubs. ... Cubs failed to hit a home run after doing so in their previous 13 games. ... Millar has been hit by a pitch in three of his last four games. Millar was hit on the left side of his back by Zambrano in the second inning. ... Castillo, who had a 35-game hitting streak snapped on June 22, has hit safely in his last seven games. ... Zambrano's only other start came Aug. 20, 2001 in a loss against Milwaukee.

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