Marlins 3, Cubs 2

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Hero: Randy Wells (3-2) allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out eight over eight innings, but was done in by a pathetic Cubs offense and two-out home runs by Florida's Cody Ross in the second and Gaby Sanchez in the third.

Goat: Aramis Ramirez went 0-for-3 to lower his average to .159, left three runners stranded in scoring position, and committed his sixth error of the season.

Key Play: "He's due," Pat Hughes said in the understatement of the season as Ramirez stepped to the plate with runners at second and third and two outs in the bottom of the eighth with the Cubs trailing by a run.

Florida rookie right-hander Chris Leroux struck out Ramirez on a 2-and-2 pitch to halt the rally.

Comment: Lou Piniella's lineup "shakeup" included Ramirez in the No. 5 slot and A-Ram rewarded his manager's loyalty by killing rallies in the sixth and eighth innings. The four players ahead of Ramirez in the lineup reached base six times (and scored twice) in 16 plate appearances. The Cubs stranded six baserunners.

Next: Will the Cubs finally deliver in the clutch Wednesday (1:20 p.m., WGN) and halt a slump that has grown to four straight losses and seven defeats in eight games? Carlos Silva (3-0, 3.50 ERA) will start for the North Siders against Florida right-hander Chris Volstad (3-2, 4.12).

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