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Cubs hit 4 HRs, power past Marlins 9-7

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  • The Cubs' Dioner Navarro (30) and Donnie Murphy celebrate after the pair scored on Murphy's home run hit off Miami Marlins relief pitcher Ryan Webb during Wednesday's game at Wrigley Field.

      The Cubs' Dioner Navarro (30) and Donnie Murphy celebrate after the pair scored on Murphy's home run hit off Miami Marlins relief pitcher Ryan Webb during Wednesday's game at Wrigley Field.
    Associated Press

Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Donnie Murphy homered to cap a four-run rally in the seventh inning and the Chicago Cubs connected four times Wednesday to beat the Miami Marlins 9-7.

Murphy's two-run shot put the Cubs ahead 8-7. Starlin Castro, Dioner Navarro and Ryan Sweeney each added solo home runs for Chicago.

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The Cubs avoided a sweep and prevented the Marlins from winning four straight for the first time this season.

Adeiny Hechavarria hit a grand slam for Miami and Logan Morrison had a two-run homer.

Castro and Navarro each homered in the third off Brian Floyd, who allowed three runs in four-plus innings in his major league debut.

Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija took a 3-2 edge into the sixth when he suddenly lost command. Giancarlo Stanton and Justin Ruggiano singled with one out and Morrison walked to load the bases.

Hechavarria, the light-hitting shortstop, hit a 1-0 fastball right down the middle into the bleachers in left-center for a 6-3 lead.

Sweeney homered in the sixth. The Cubs gave away a run in the seventh when Donovan Solano tripled and scored on a throwing error by Navarro when the catcher made a pickoff attempt.

The Marlins led 7-4 when reliever A.J. Ramos entered the game in the seventh and walked the first two batters he faced, Darwin Barney and Anthony Rizzo.

After a passed ball advanced the runners, Navarro hit a dribbler off the end of the bat down the left-field line for a single that scored both runners and made it 7-6.

That was all for Ramos as Ryan Webb (2-6) came on. He didn't fare any better as Murphy hit the first pitch into the left-field bleachers.

The Cubs added an insurance run in the eighth on Castro's double.

Carlos Villanueva (4-8) got the win. Kevin Gregg, despite walking the potential tying runs on base, worked out of a jam for his 29th save in 34 chances.

NOTES: Before the game, the Cubs claimed RHP Daniel Bard off waivers from the Boston Red Sox and selected the contract of RHP Chang-Yong Lim from Triple-A Iowa. Bard, 28, was first-round pick (No. 28 overall) of the Red Sox in 2006 and was one of organization's most highly-regarded prospects at one point. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Cubs designated outfielder Cole Gillespie, who originally was in the lineup Wednesday, and RHP Michael Bowden for assignment. ... Ron Brantly, the Marlins' opening-day catcher before being sent to the minors, is back with the expanded roster and eager for a second chance. "The biggest problem I had at the beginning of the season was I was trying to do too much," he said. ... Both teams are off on Thursday. The Cubs host the Brewers on with LHP Chris Rusin (2-3) taking on RHP Kyle Lohse (9-8), while the Marlins open a home series against the Nationals with RHP Jose Fernandez (10-6) facing a pitcher to be announced by Washington.

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