9/4 Cubs 9, Marlins 7
Starlin Castro, Dioner Navarro and Ryan Sweeney each hit solo home runs and Donnie Murphy smacked a two-run go-ahead blast in the seventh to lift the Cubs to a 9-7 victory Wednesday over the Marlins at Wrigley Field, and avoid being swept. The Cubs now have hit 94 home runs at Wrigley Field, tied with the Orioles for the most at home. But Chicago won at Wrigley for the sixth time in the last 25 games.
Chicago starter Jeff Samardzija did not get a decision. He struck out nine over six innings, and now has 190 Ks this season, which ranks among the National League leaders. He also served up two home runs, a two-run shot by Logan Morrison, and a grand slam to Adeiny Hechavarria.
Sweeney connected with one out in the sixth, but Donovan Solano tripled to open the Miami seventh and scored on a throwing error by Navarro for a 7-4 lead. Chicago had two on and none out in the seventh, and both scored on Navarro’s single down the left field line off A.J. Ramos. Ryan Webb took over, and Murphy sent the first pitch into the left field bleachers. Murphy was now batting .333 (11-for-33) from the seventh inning on, with six home runs and 10 RBIs.
“I’ve come through in those situations before and for some reason I’m comfortable in them,” Murphy said. “It’s not pressure on me, it’s the pitcher who has to throw the ball over the plate.”
Plus, he had a slight edge. He played with Webb on the Marlins.
“I have the luxury of playing with those guys,” Murphy said. “I know he’s a sinker ball guy. I didn’t want to get beat with a sinker ball. I was looking for a first sinker, and he gave it to me, and I put a good swing on it.”
Webb knew Murphy, too.
“He did exactly what I wanted him to, swing at a two-seamer, and he just got underneath it,” Webb said. “It doesn’t happen too often but I missed my spot. I was trying to go down and away, and I went down and in, right where he was looking for it, I guess.”
– Carrie Muskat