CHICAGO (AP) -- Three former Chicago Cubs came back to hurt their
Former Cub Ricky Nolasco got his first major league win and Joe
Borowski picked up his third save, leading the Florida Marlins over
Chicago 7-5 on Wednesday.
Borowski, a former Cubs closer, struck out two and walked one in
the ninth. Pinch-hitter Wes Helms had a tiebreaking, two-run double
in the eighth inning for Florida, which stopped a three-game losing
streak under first-year manager Joe Girardi, a former Cubs catcher.
"You don't know how bad I was hoping I got to pitch in this
series," said Borowski, who is in his first year with Florida. "I
spent five great years here. It's always fun to pitch against guys
you've played with and you've known for that long."
With the game tied at 3, Cubs reliever Scott Williamson (2-1)
walked Josh Willingham leading off the eighth, balked pinch-runner
Eric Reed to second and threw a wild pitch that moved the runner to
Bobby Howry relieved and Helms, batting for Matt Treanor, hit a
two-run double that fell in front of a sliding John Mabry in
shallow right field, near the foul line. Mabry had just entered
with Howry as part of a double switch that removed Jacque Jones.
"I lost the ball in the sun," Mabry said. "Nobody feels worse
about it than me. I tried to slide to create an angle, and I still
didn't get it out of the sun."
Helms thought it was a guaranteed sacrifice fly when it left his
"That's what I was trying to do," he said. "I didn't want to
hit into a double play there. That's one thing you don't want to
Miguel Olivo added a sacrifice fly to make it 6-3. Cubs pitchers
issued eight walks, and the Marlins turned them into six runs.
"All day it was just a matter of us cutting down on the
walks," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "It seemed like every time
we walked someone, they scored."
Marlins pitchers allowed just four hits.
Nolasco (1-0), acquired by Florida in December's deal that sent
Juan Pierre to Chicago, struck out four in two scoreless innings
and allowed one hit. The Cubs finished with four hits.
"I guess that's the way things were meant to happen, getting
the (first) win," Nolasco said. "Coincidentally it was against
the Cubs. I'll take that."
Angel Guzman started for Chicago in his major league debut and
allowed three runs, six hits and four walks in five innings with
Marlins starter Scott Olsen gave up three runs -- two earned --
and one hit in five innings. He walked three.
A combined 10 pitchers allowed 14 walks.
"Sometimes you have some young pitchers who get too fine,"
Girardi said. "And you have to bring them back in the zone and
understand that you expand the zone when you get ahead, not before
you get strike one."
After the game Williamson said he was confused by first base
umpire Bruce Froemming's balk call.
"I don't know what I did, but obviously Bruce must know what it
was. Why don't you go ask him," Williamson said. "It's a move I
use all the time. Obviously it changed the inning for me a little
Matt Murton hit a two-run, two-out single off Franklyn German in
the bottom of the eighth, cutting the lead to 6-5. With runners on
first and second, Matt Herges relieved and struck out Jerry
Jacobs singled in a run in the ninth against Scott Eyre.
Aramis Ramirez homered in the second, but Florida took a 3-1
lead in the fourth on Willingham's two-run homer and Treanor's RBI
Olsen walked the bases loaded with one out in the fourth and
Hairston hit a weak grounder to second. But shortstop Hanley
Ramirez's throw to first trying to complete a double play sailed
into the stands as two runs scored.
X-rays were negative on Cubs C Michael Barrett, who jammed
his right middle finger sliding headfirst into second base Tuesday
night. Henry Blanco started at catcher. ... Olsen, a suburban
Chicago native, was making his seventh career start and third this
season. ... Ramirez went 2-for-2 with two walks.