Chicago Cubs

Marlins rally, end Cubs' streak at 5

CHICAGO – Pedro Strop hit Giancarlo Stanton with a pitch in the eighth inning then threw a wild pitch that allowed the Miami slugger to score the go-ahead run, and the Marlins beat the Cubs, 4-3, Sunday.

Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez left the game because of a left hip injury and is day to day.

Trailing 3-2 after Luis Valbuena walked with the bases loaded in the seventh, the Marlins scored twice off Strop (0-3) in the eighth. Garrett Jones’ sacrifice fly to left tied it. Then Stanton scored on a wild pitch after reaching third on an error to give Miami its first lead of the day.

Steve Cishek pitched a scoreless ninth for his 14th save in 15 tries, helping Miami avoid the sweep and end the Cubs’ winning streak at five games. The Cubs were deprived of the chance for their first six-game run since winning seven straight from July 31 to Aug. 6, 2011.

Mike Dunn (5-3) got two outs for the win.

But Miami’s victory was overshadowed by the loss of Alvarez, who entered the day having thrown 21 consecutive scoreless innings.

With one out in the sixth inning of a scoreless tie, Valbuena grounded to Jones at first. Jones’ toss to first was high. Alvarez reached to tap the base with his right foot but missed and landed awkwardly, and straining his left hip.

– The Associated Press

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