Marlins 4, Cubs 2

By Chris Rewers on Monday, May 10, 2010

Hero: Carlos Marmol shook off some rust and struck out the side as he pitched a scoreless eighth despite allowing a single and pair of walks. Marmol lowered his ERA to 0.61 and has struck out an incredible 30 batters in just 14 2/3 innings.

"And we can't get to him (for save opportunities)," Ron Santo said. "That's the amazing thing."

"That's the frustrating thing," Pat Hughes added.

Goat: Starlin Castro had a rough go of it in his Wrigley Field debut, committing three errors and going 0-for-2.

Key Play: Ronny Paulino's two-run homer off Cubs starter Ted Lilly (1-3) in the seventh inning gave Florida a 3-2 advantage.

Comment: The Cubs have scored three or fewer runs in six of their last seven games and have lost all six of those contests. They stranded eight baserunners Monday and were just 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Lilly (7 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, SO) carried a no-hitter into the sixth, but the Marlins tied the game in that inning after a throwing error by Castro allowed Brett Carroll to reach base and then Chris Coghlan broke up the no-hitter with an RBI double. The Marlins scored an insurance run in the seventh when Cody Ross scored from third on the front end of a double steal.

"We aren't hitting with runners on base and we're giving runs away," Santo moaned late in the game. "We're playing terrible baseball."

Santo's analysis was accurate.

Next: Randy Wells (3-1, 4.86 ERA) will try to rebound from an awful outing, Tuesday (7:05 p.m., CSN+) against the Marlins, when he opposes former Cubs farmhand Ricky Nolasco (2-2, 4.08).

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