Justin Bour and Christian Yelich homered and the Miami Marlins got six impressive innings from Tom Koehler in a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday.
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
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
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
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
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
The Chicago Cubs have struggled offensively at home. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo look to turn things around Friday against the Marlins.
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)
Among Thursday's highlights: Jose Fernandez wins in his first start 13 months after Tommy John surgery, and Scott Kazmir stifles Seattle.
In his return from Tommy John surgery, Jose Fernandez gave the Marlins plenty of things to be excited about.
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.
Jose Fernandez's comeback required a comeback.
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
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
Jose Fernandez returned to the Miami Marlins' rotation Thursday after Tommy John elbow surgery and a nearly 14-month recovery process.
On Base Percentage.30621st
Earned Run Average3.9820th
Marlins @ Cubs
Wrigley Field - Sat 7/4