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2016 Schedule
39-35, 3rd in NL East
Cubs snap four-game slide (0:59)

Cubs' Contreras belts third homer of first week

Rookie Willson Contreras homered and drove in three runs to help the Chicago Cubs break their longest losing streak of the season at four games by beating the Miami Marlins 5-4 Friday night.

Baez dives, flips and sticks the landing... in the stands (0:40)

Lineup: Marlins (39-34) vs. Cubs (47-24)

  • 1. Derek Dietrich, 2B (L)
  • 2. Martin Prado, 3B (R)
  • 3. Christian Yelich, LF (L)
  • 4. Marcell Ozuna, CF (R)
  • 5. Giancarlo Stanton, RF (R)
  • 6. Justin Bour, 1B (L)
  • 7. J.T. Realmuto, C (R)
  • 8. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS (R)
  • 9. Tom Koehler, RHP
  • Daily notes

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Where does Garrett rank for Marlins?

Braxton Garrett may have been the No. 7 overall pick in this year's draft, but is his talent enough for him to surpass injured right-hander Tyler Kolek as Keith Law's No. 1 Marlins prospect? Where top 2016 draft picks rank (Insider)

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Koehler, Fernandez have nasty sliders

Tom Koehler's and Jose Fernandez's slider rank third and fifth, respectively, in Fangraphs' "pitch run value" per 100 pitches among major league starters this season. Who has the game's No. 1 offering? MLB's Most Valuable Pitch

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Marcell Ozuna deserves a shout-out

Ozuna is slashing .322/.373/.578 and hit his 16th HR in the Marlins' win. He leads NL outfielders in OPS and is tied for third in WAR, with teammate Christian Yelich one of those above him. Could the Marlins end up with two All-Star outfielders not named Giancarlo Stanton? Five things we learned Thursday

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Giancarlo Stanton comes through twice

Stanton hit a game-tying solo HR in the fourth inning and added an RBI single in the eighth to lead the Marlins to a 4-2 win on Thursday. It was only the third game this season, and the first since April 25, in which Stanton had two plate appearances that produced an RBI, the Elias Sports Bureau notes.

Marlins hand Cubs fourth straight loss (1:14)

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Giancarlo Stanton may be breaking out of his slump. With two outs in the eighth. he singled to right off a 3-2 pitch from Pedro Strop to score Christian Yelich, who had moved up on a wild pitch. Another run makes it 4-2 and the Cubs are on the verge of their fourth straight loss. Only the Red Sox and Indians have avoided a four-game skid.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Jon Lester has been solid through seven innings, serving up two solo home runs, but Wei-Yin Chen is pitching his best game of the year and has retired 11 in a row heading into the eighth and sitting at 88 pitches.

Kris Bryant says 'not today' to Yelich's base hit (0:34)

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Giancarlo Stanton ties it up with his 14th home run, an opposite-field shot with two outs in the fourth that just clears the wall. It's just his second home run of June, although his second in his past three games.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Jason Heyward bloops a single to center leading off the fourth and ends up at third with a Little League triple after Marcell Ozuna misplays the bounce into a two-base error. Heyward then scores on Kris Bryant's sac fly.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Cubs are tying to avoid their fourth loss in a row, facing Wei-Yin Chen, who has been a disappointment for the Marlins after signing a big free agent deal. He's given up seven home runs and 15 runs his past three starts, but has cruised through the first two innings.

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Marlins hoping Stanton is just slumping

Giancarlo Stanton has had trouble making contact this year and is on pace for 194 K's over just 137 games. His fly-ball rate is down to 35.1 percent, as is his "well-hit" average (from .248 to .151, per ESPN Stats & Info). Miami is crossing its fingers that this is temporary, David Schoenfield writes. Five struggling sluggers

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Conley hits elusive eight-inning mark

It took 72 games for Adam Conley to become the first Marlins starting pitcher with an outing of at least eight innings this season on Wednesday, the Elias Sports Bureau notes. That leaves only the Royals without an eight-inning start this year (71 games).

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Jose Fernandez does it all (except win)

Fernandez allowed just one hit over seven scoreless innings against the Braves on Monday and even drove in a run. However, he was stuck with a no decision. He's the first pitcher since Jason Schmidt in 2004 to go seven innings with one or fewer hits allowed and drive in a run but not get the win, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Sigh, if only I could count on the Marlins affording Jose Fernandez 200-plus frames, I'd move him to third in my starting-pitcher rankings, right behind Kershaw and Scherzer.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.2685th
On Base Percentage.3279th
Slugging Percentage.40619th
Earned Run Average3.939th
Quality Starts33Tied-19th

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