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Cubs lose 4-3 to Marlins

Cubs starter Travis Wood delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Chicago, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at Wrigley Field.

Cubs starter Travis Wood delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Chicago, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at Wrigley Field.

 

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Henderson Alvarez hit his first career home run and pitched six innings before exiting with a hamstring injury, and the Miami Marlins beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Monday at Wrigley Field.

Alvarez smacked a three-run shot off Travis Wood in the second inning and also had a single and a sacrifice bunt. Alvarez (3-3) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings before he left with a tight right hamstring in his first career appearance against the Cubs.

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Steve Cishek earned his 29th save in 31 chances for the Marlins, who have won two straight after losing six in a row.

Wood (8-11) allowed four runs and nine hits in seven innings. The All-Star fell to 1-3 with a 9.00 ERA in four career starts against the Marlins.

The Cubs were trying to win three straight at Wrigley Field for the first time since July 6-9. They fell to 27-43 at home.

The teams scored all their runs in the first two innings.

Alvarez homered to put the Marlins ahead 4-3 in the second after Ed Lucas doubled and Jeff Mathis singled. The three-run homer gave Alvarez six career RBIs and was the first homer by a Marlins pitcher this season.

Christian Yelich hit his third home run for a 1-0 Marlins lead in the first inning.

The Cubs went ahead 2-1 in the bottom half on four consecutive singles off Alvarez. Anthony Rizzo and Dioner Navarro had RBI singles, and the Cubs stretched the lead to 3-1 on a Nate Schierholtz sacrifice fly.

The Marlins are 2-5 on their current road trip.

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