Marlins 13, Cubs 3

BY foxsports • July 16, 2011

Mike Stanton hit two home runs, Javier Vazquez struck out 10 and the Florida Marlins routed the Chicago Cubs 13-3 Saturday.

Hanley Ramirez hit three doubles and scored three times, and Logan Morrison added a three-run homer as the Marlins won for the seventh time in eight games.

Stanton got three hits and drove in four runs. He hit a leadoff homer in the fourth inning and added a three-run shot, his 20th, in the fifth that finished Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano.

Zambrano (6-5) was activated from the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day. He had a rocky 4 2-3 innings, giving up eight earned runs on seven hits and four walks.

Vazquez (6-8) went seven innings. Vazquez allowed only one hit through 5 1-3 innings before Aramis Ramirez hit a three-run homer later in the sixth, his 16th.

Now 1-2 against the Cubs this season, Vazquez gave up four hits and walked none.

Stanton's homer in the fifth gave Florida an 8-0 lead. Morrison homered in the sixth off reliever Ramon Ortiz.

Florida added two runs in the ninth off Jeff Samardzija. Bryan Peterson had a sacrifice fly and Brett Hayes hit an RBI double.

Zambrano had been on the 15-day DL since July 1 with lower back stiffness after pitching one inning the previous day in a start against the Giants. He made a rehab start at Class A Peoria on July 8.

NOTES: With Zambrano's activation, the Cubs optioned reliever Chris Carpenter to Iowa. ''He did a great job here, nothing to disappoint us, but given the makeup of the bullpen he needs to go where he can pitch,'' Cubs manager Mike Quade said. Carpenter had no decisions or saves and a 2.79 ERA in 10 relief appearances ... Marlins SS Emilio Bonifacio's eighth-inning infield single extended his hitting streak to 15 games. ... A day after reaching 1,000 career hits, Hanley Ramirez got a start on reaching his next milestone with his first-inning double to right. Jeff Conine is second in club history with 1,005 hits ... The four-game series concludes at 1:20 p.m. Sunday with Cubs righty Randy Wells (1-3, 6.80) making his 10th start of the season and first against Florida. The Marlins send right-handed Chris Volstad (5-8, 5.40 ERA) who is 0-1 against Chicago after a 5-1 loss on May 19 at Wrigley Field.



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