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Marlins Vs. Cubs Recap: Miami Lineup Struggles, Dropping Series Finale At Wrigley

The Miami Marlins lost their series against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday afternoon at Wrigley Field. The Cubbies took the final two games of the series, edging Mark Buerhle in the finale for a 4-2 win. Buerhle worked quickly through five innings, allowing all four earned runs in a fifth-inning rally by the Cubs. The Miami starter gave up just six hits, but the damage done in the one rally would be too much for the scuffling Marlins' lineup to overcome.

Paul Maholm, on the other hand, breezed through eight innings for the Cubs. He threw just 106 pitches and gave up only five hits for the series-clinching win. The Marlins finally ended the shutout in the top of the sixth, with Donovan Solano pinch-hitting for Buerhle and leading off with a triple. Emilio Bonifacio grounded back to the pitcher Maholm to bring home Solano and get the Fish on the board. With Maholm out of the game, Miami would add another run in the top of the ninth off closer Carlos Marmol. But the three-run deficit was too much, and Chicago walked away with the 4-2 win.

Miami will stay on the road in the NL Central and now head to St. Louis for a weekend series with the Cardinals.

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