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Duvall hits slam, 2-point shot, Marlins hits Cubs 10-2

Adam Duvall hit a grand slam and two-point drive, and the Miami Marlins snapped a four-game slip by beating the Chicago Cubs 10-2 in a rare Friday night game at Wrigley Field

CHICAGO – Adam Duvall scored a grand slam and a two-point drive, and the Miami Marlins snapped a four-game crash by beating the Chicago Cubs 10-2 in a rare Friday night game at Wrigley Field.

Jon Berti added a three-point home run on a warm, windless evening as the Marlins inflicted their fourth defeat in five on the Cubs. Jorge Alfaro scored three hits and scored twice when the teams first met since Miami swept Chicago 2-0 in their NL wild card streak in October.

Duvall had three hits. He hit his fifth career slam to close Miami’s five-point third inning against trembling Cubs starter Zach Davies. Davies (4-4) has given up eight career record points after conceding none on his previous two starts.

Duvall’s second home run and 14th of the season came with a massive sprint that left Dan Winkler in the seventh. Duvall has two multihomer games this season and nine in his career.

Joc Pederson hit two solo homers in his first two at-bats. It was Pederson’s second home game this season and the 17th of his career.

Marlins rookie Cody Poteet was knocked off the injury list 10 days before the game, then left with two outs in the fourth after throwing 80 pitches. The right-hander allowed for two runs – on Pederson’s drives – and three hits as he walked four and took out five.

John Curtiss (3-1), the first of three Miami relievers, pitched 1 1/3 innings to earn the win as the Marlins bullpen completed a four-hitters.

Davies conceded eight hits and walked three after failing a run in his previous 14 2/3 innings.

The Marlins loaded the bases with an out in the third, then Starling Marté was forced into the first run in Miami. After Jesus Aguilar came out, Duvall snatched Davies’ 1-0 pass in the bleachers of the left field.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

The Cubs have only played their ninth Friday night game at Wrigley Field since the lights were installed in 1988. Six of those took place in 2020 when no fans were allowed due to COVID-19.

The Cubs got permission from a Chicago city council committee to play the night home game because the team knew they would be returning to Chicago early in the morning after playing against the Mets in New York on Thursday night.

Friday and Saturday night games are usually banned at the iconic baseball field because parking and congestion problems worsen when nearby bars and restaurants draw large crowds.

EVEN BIGGER

Duvall hit three homers twice in an eight-game span last season while in Atlanta. He had nine RBI in the second game, on September 9, 2020, when the Braves snatched the Marlins 29-9.

COACH’S ROOM

Marlins: Poteet suffered a medial collateral ligament strain in his right knee on June 4th. … Miami also activated SS Miguel Rojas (dislocated left index finger) from the 10 day injury list. He started and beat fifth. … To make room for Poteet and Rojas, the Marlins optioned INF Isan Diaz and OF Lewis Brinson in Jacksonville Triple-A.

Cubs: Manager David Ross said INF Nico Hoerner, out of May 25 with a left hamstring strain, has resumed baseball activities. … RHP Trevor Williams, who underwent an appendectomy on May 30, is also progressing.

NEXT

Marlins RHP Pablo Lopez (2-4, 3.12) face Cubs RHP Jake Arrieta (5-7, 5.14) on Saturday.

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