Nico Hoerner went 3-for-4 to pace a 10-hit attack for the Cubs,
who had lost five in a row before the Marlins came to town.
Bouncing back from a four-inning, five-run debacle in San
Francisco earlier in the week, Smyly (4-6) participated in his
first combined shutout since a 1-0 triumph over the Marlins in
He allowed five hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out four and
Leiter worked the final 2 1/3 innings, retiring all seven
batters he faced.
The Marlins nearly ended the shutout bid early when Peyton
Burdick, Jesus Aguilar and Bryan De La Cruz all singled in the
third inning. But Miguel Rojas, who had reached base on a
fielder's choice, was gunned down at home plate by right fielder
Seiya Suzuki while trying to score on De La Cruz's two-out hit.
Burdick's single to left field was his first major league hit in
his fifth big-league plate appearance. He had struck out three
times and walked once in his previous four trips to the plate.
Hoerner got the Cubs on the board in the fourth against Miami
starter Pablo Lopez (7-7) with an RBI single that scored Ian
Happ, who had doubled.
Chicago added two in the fifth on an RBI single by Willson
Contreras and a double-play grounder off the bat of Suzuki.
Higgins' homer completed the scoring in the sixth, a solo shot
that ended Lopez's day. The homer was his fifth of the season.
Lopez was charged with four runs on nine hits in five-plus
innings. He walked two and struck out six in losing for the
fourth time this season in a game in which his team did not
Higgins and Happ added two hits apiece for the Cubs, who are
meeting the Marlins for the first time this season.
De La Cruz collected two of the five hits in Miami's seventh
loss in its last eight games.
--Field Level Media
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