Marlins 9, Cubs 5

As much as he hates Wrigley Field, Ozzie Guillen had to enjoy

this one.

Carlos Lee hit a grand slam and the Miami Marlins beat the Cubs

9-5 on Tuesday night, giving Guillen a win in his first game back

managing in Chicago.

Lee’s slam against Travis Wood highlighted a five-run fifth and

tied him with Jimmie Foxx and Ted Williams for seventh on

baseball’s career list with 17.

Omar Infante also homered and had three hits, giving him 17 in

36 at-bats at Wrigley Field. Hanley Ramirez also went deep in the

game to back a strong start by Anibal Sanchez (5-6), and the

Marlins won their second straight after dropping four of five.

”Little by little, hopefully we start getting better,” Guillen

said. ”We got big hits. Carlos has been taking over in RBI

situations, doing a tremendous job going after it and bringing

those guys in. We’re going to need more than that.”

Overall, though, he liked what he saw in his first game in

Chicago since a messy split with the White Sox at the end of last

season. He led the South Siders to a 678-617 record that included a

championship in 2005, their first since 1917, but his tenure ended

after his relationship with general manager Ken Williams


On Tuesday, he heard plenty of boos. Hardly a surprise, given he

was on the North Side and visiting the old ballpark that he has

blasted as a rat-infested dump.

He said his wife was booing him.

”I asked why and she said she didn’t want them to know she was

my wife because she’d be killed in the stands,” Guillen said. ”I

respect them. That’s fine.”

The Cubs simply couldn’t strike the big blow, stranding 10

runners, and took the loss after winning 12 of 16. It didn’t help,

either, that Wood (4-4) unraveled after winning his previous four

starts. The left-hander lasted just 4 2-3 innings, giving up eight

hits and eight runs.

Miami scored three against him in the fourth, with Infante’s

two-run drive to left capping that rally. They then chased him

during a five-run fifth, the big blow coming when Lee drove the

first pitch to the left-field seats after Sanchez, Jose Reyes and

Emilio Bonifacio all singled to start the inning.

The slam was Lee’s first since July 25, 2011, with Houston. It

was also his first homer since the Marlins acquired him from the

Astros on July 4.

”You go out there and try to hit home runs, you’re going to

fail 90 percent of the time, and I know it,” Lee said.

Wood simply shrugged off that blow, saying, ”Lee hit a good

pitch. It was down and in. He just dropped the barrel.”

Wood left after giving up a one-out double to Ramirez and

retiring Austin Kearns on a fly. Rafael Dolis came in and gave up

back-to-back singles to Infante and John Buck that made it 8-0.

That was plenty for Sanchez, who allowed nine hits but just two

runs (one earned) over seven innings while striking out seven and

walking two. He gave up a solo homer to Jeff Baker in the fifth.

The Cubs got another run in the sixth when Geovany Soto doubled and

came around after Ramirez let Joe Mather’s grounder to third go

under his glove.

Ramirez made up for it in the seventh with a solo shot that made

it 9-2, his second hit of the game.

”We played a great game,” Lee said. ”Anibal pitched a great

game. We got on base, we got some key hits. That’s the name of the


Notes: When fans booed him during a pitching change in the

eighth, Guillen responded by pointing toward his ring finger on his

left hand – the one where he would wear his championship ring. …

The Marlins’ Carlos Zambrano, who had his issues when he pitched

for the Cubs, said he got a warm welcome when he visited the city

about two weeks ago. Miami was visiting Milwaukee and he went to

check on his Chicago house. ”People in the street were very

appreciative of me. … They say, `Too bad that you left. We miss

you Z.’ I appreciate that. But there are some people that don’t

like me. There’s nothing I can do about it.” Zambrano is not

scheduled to start in this series. … Cubs manager Dale Sveum said

he doesn’t foresee an innings limit on first-year starter Jeff

Samardzija. The 27-year-old right-hander is 6-8 with a 4.71 ERA in

17 starts and is on pace for about 186. His career high in the

minors was 141 2-3 in 2007. His previous high in the majors was 88

innings as a reliever in 2011. Samardzija starts for the Cubs on

Wednesday against Josh Johnson (5-6, 4.28).