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Wood's bat helps Cubs outlast Marlins

Miami,  FL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Travis Wood hit the go-ahead, pinch-hit, RBI double in the 13th inning which sent Chicago past Miami, 5-4, in the opener of a three-game series.

Jacob  Turner (2-5)  set down the first  two batters he faced, but Junior Lake singled and Wood -- batting for reliever Carlos Villanueva -- smacked a double to  center which allowed Lake to score. Villanueva (3-5) walked two but turned in two scoreless frames to snag the win.

"Whenever  he  holds a bat,  he gives  us a chance  to win," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said of his pitcher and game-winning batsman.

James  Russell  earned his  first save of  the season by  retiring the side in order in the home half.

"Usually  in games like that whoever gets the big two-out knock wins," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.

Starlin  Castro hit a three-run homer in a four-run sixth inning for the Cubs, who  have won  three of  their last  four thanks  to overcoming  an early  3-0 deficit.

Giancarlo  Stanton launched  a two-run blast and scored twice for the Marlins, who have dropped four of their last five.

The  Marlins  jumped out  to a  2-0 lead  in the  first inning. Jake Marisnick singled,  stole second  and scored  on Stanton's  blast to  right two  batters later.

Miami  tacked on another run in the third. Stanton hit a two-out single, stole second and raced home on Casey McGehee's single to left.

Fish starter Tom Koehler, meanwhile, was cruising until giving up four runs in the  sixth. Counterpart Jason Hammel reached on a sacrifice bunt attempt, then Luis  Valbuena  and Justin Ruggiano singled  to load the bases. Hammel crossed the  plate  when  Anthony  Rizzo  grounded out  and  Castro  followed  with  a
three-run homer to left, making it 4-3 for Chicago.

But  the Marlins  quickly tied  things up  in the  bottom half.  Marcell Ozuna tripled  to  right-center field  and scored  on Adeiny Hechavarria's sacrifice fly.

Miami  left the bases loaded in the seventh. Justin Grimm filled the bags with one  out before handing the ball over to Wesley Wright. Garrett Jones grounded into  a  fielder's choice  prior to  Brian Schlitter  getting Ozuna looking at strike three.

Jones just missed a game-winning homer in the 10th. After McGehee led off with a  walk, Jones smacked Hector Rondon's 0-2 offering just wide of the foul pole in  right. Jones  then struck out swinging.  Ozuna singled to put men on first and  second, but  Hechavarria and Jeff Mathis  went down swinging to keep it a
4-4 game.

Both  teams  stranded a runner on  second in the  11th, and Rizzo flied out to left with two on in the Cubs' 12th.

                                   Game Notes

Hammel  gave up  four runs  on eight  hits while  striking out  nine over  six innings,  and Koehler allowed four runs on five hits with five strikeouts over six  frames ... Chicago  improved to 4-4 on its current 10-game road swing ... McGehee  extended  his hit  streak to  11 games  ... The  Marlins today made a flurry  of moves  before the game. The promotion of top prospect Andrew Heaney from  Triple-A  New Orleans  was the most  notable move. He  will make his MLB debut  on  Thursday against the Mets  at Marlins Park. The Marlins also placed outfielder  Christian Yelich  on the 15-day disabled list, transferred catcher Jarrod  Saltalamacchia from the seven-day concussion list to the 15-day DL ... Additionally,  Miami  designated pitchers  Kevin  Slowey  and Randy  Wolf  for assignment,  as well  as optioned  infielder  Donovan Solano  to Triple-A  New Orleans, while recalling pitcher Anthony DeSclafani, infielder Justin Bour and Marisnick from New Orleans.

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