Cubs 5, Marlins 3

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, September 18, 2010

Hero: Casey Coleman (2-2) allowed three runs - all earned - on five hits in six-plus innings while striking out five and walking four. The 23-year-old right-hander survived a 31-pitch first inning in which he allowed two hits and a pair of walks, but surrendered just one run. Coleman, who was aided by a pair of double plays, exited after giving up doubles to the first two hitters in the bottom of the seventh.

Goat: Starlin Castro went 0-for-3 to drop his average to .307 and committed his fifth error in his last six starts.

Key Play: Marlon Byrd's two-run double highlighted a four-run Cubs fifth.

Comment: The Cubs (67-81), who are 15-7 under interim manager Mike Quade, have won a season-high five straight and are 7-1 on their current nine-game road trip.

Next: The Cubs will seek their sixth straight win, at Florida (73-74) on Sunday (WGN, 12:10 p.m.) as Jeff Samardzija (1-1, 7.00 ERA) attempts for his second victory in as many starts. Andrew Miller (1-2, 6.75), who will be making his fifth start of the season for the Marlins, has been pounded for 14 runs - 12 earned - over nine innings (12.00 ERA) in his last two starts. The 25-year-old left-hander has lasted five innings in three starts and four innings in his other appearance as a starter.

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