June 8: Marlins (33-30) 4, Cubs (25-35) 3
Chicago Cubs starter Jake Arrieta threw six shutout frames and allowed just three hits against the Miami Marlins, however, the Fish rallied late to win 4-3. Garrett Jones’ sac fly in the eighth tied it, and a wild pitch put the Marlins up for good.
The Marlins opened the game by getting a runner to third in the first frame, but failed to score as that appeared to be a trend for the Fish in this contest. Miami again got its lead-off man on in the fourth but knocked themselves out of the inning with a double-play ball off the bat Giancarlo Stanton.
Neither team could muster up any kind of offense in the early going as Henderson Alvarez and Arrieta kept the opposition’s bats at bay through five full frame in a scoreless battle.
The Cubs finally broke through to Alvarez in the sixth when Nate Schierholtz tripled home of pair of runs on a ground ball to right field. Chicago had gotten two runners on against Alvarez, and then got the big hit against reliever Dan Jennings.
The Fish got those two runs right back in the next half inning when J.T. Realmuto and Adeiny Hechavarria delivered back-to-back run-scoring singles to right field against reliever Brian Schlitter.
The seesaw game continued in the next half inning when the Cubs plated home the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded walk issued by Mike Dunn to Luis Valbuena with two away in the frame.
In the eighth, the Marlins got the equalizer and the eventual game-winner against reliever Pedro Strop. Jones lifted a one-out fly ball to left for a sacrifice fly to knot things at three before Stanton came across to score on a wild pitch.
Closer Steve Cishek came in for a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his 14th save of the year and secure a 4-3 Marlins win.
Alvarez finished the game with 5.1 innings and just one earned run allowed. On the other side, Arrieta got hit with the bad-luck no decision, as he went six scoreless frames and fanned seven. He allowed just three hits and didn’t walk a batter.