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Marlins edge Cubs (0:51)
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Final: Marlins 2, Cubs 1

Marlins RHP Tom Koehler and the bullpen held the Cubs to just 1 run as Miami took the first game of the series in Chicago. Miami 1B Justin Bour homered for the fourth straight game in the win -- all 4 games Miami has won. Box score

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Cubs strand tying run, still trail

Kris Bryant walked and stole second, but Miguel Montero and Chris Denorfia struck out to end the 8th inning. Chicago enters the 9th trailing Miami 2-1. Live on ESPN2 & WatchESPN

Cubs can't slow down Dee Gordon

The Marlins speedy leadoff hitter reached on a single to shallow center in the 8th, and then proceeded to steal 2nd and 3rd. Chicago is changing pitchers but Miami still leads 2-1. Live on ESPN2 & WatchESPN

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Bour homers in four straight (0:20)

Justin Bour homers again

The Marlins won't soon forget about Giancarlo Stanton. But his injury replacement at 1st base has now homered in four straight games. Bour's solo shot in the 6th has given Miami a 2-1 lead in Chicago. Live on ESPN2, WatchESPN

Cubs answer back in 1st

3B Kris Bryant lined a two-out double to deep left, and scored on the very next pitch when C Miguel Montero singled to right. Chicago and Miami are knotted at 1-1 entering the 2nd inning. Live on ESPN2, WatchESPN

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Marlins waste little time

LF Christian Yelich, just the 2nd batter of the game, homered to center on Cubs starter Jason Hammel's 8th pitch to give Miami an early 1-0 lead in Chicago. Live on ESPN2, WatchESPN

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Watch: Marlins at Cubs

Chicago finished a road sweep of the Mets on Thursday, but is still just 9-for-65 with runners in scoring position over its last 9 games. Miami, meanwhile, has surprisingly gone 4-1 since losing Giancarlo Stanton. Live on ESPN2, WatchESPN

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Cubs look to get offense going at Wrigley

The Chicago Cubs have struggled offensively at home. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo look to turn things around Friday against the Marlins.

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Full day of MLB on ESPN

Get a jump on your holiday weekend with a full slate of games today:

  • 2:10 p.m. ET: Marlins at Cubs (ESPN2)
  • 6 p.m. ET: Giants at Nationals (ESPN)
  • 10 p.m. ET: Mets at Dodgers (ESPN)

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Thursday's power rankings

Among Thursday's highlights: Jose Fernandez wins in his first start 13 months after Tommy John surgery, and Scott Kazmir stifles Seattle.

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Aces return in Miami (2:07)
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Fernandez, Cain both return to the hill (2:13)
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Fernandez feels a lot of emotions in return (1:21)
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Fernandez wins in return to mound (0:58)
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JOse Fernandez and his biggest fans

The Marlins RHP got the win and hit a homer in his debut this season, a 5-4 win over the Giants, and his family witnessed it all.

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Jose Fernandez gets W, HR in return

The Marlins RHP gave up 3 runs on 7 hits through 6 innings in his return from Tommy John surgery, adding a HR for some flair. The Giants' Matt Cain, also making his season debut, gave up 5 runs through 5 and took the loss. Box score

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Dee Gordon top option at second

Four of our six ESPN baseball contributors paneled chose Miami's Gordon as the NL's All-Star starter at 2B. Gordon has 26 stolen bases to go along with a .350 average that ties him for the league lead. ESPN NL All-Stars

2015 Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs29625th
Batting Average.25515th
On Base Percentage.30621st
Slugging Percentage.38122nd
Earned Run Average3.9820th
Quality Starts4213th
WHIP1.2919th
BAA.25619th

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