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Marlins' Bryan De La Cruz hits grand slam, Cubs lose

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MIAMI (AP) — Bryan De La Cruz hit a grand slam in the third inning and the Miami Marlins beat the Chicago Cubs 10-3 on Monday night.

Rookie Charles Leblanc and Jon Berti also went deep while Miguel Rojas had three hits for the Marlins. Berti also singled twice and stole two bases, giving him an NL-leading 36.

Miami starter Edward Cabrera (6-3) threw five innings of three-run ball. The rookie right-hander gave up three hits, walked three, struck out four and hit two batters.

De La Cruz's blast off Cubs starter Wade Miley (1-1) capped a five-run third and erased a 2-0 deficit. He is hitting .333 with three homers and 12 RBIs since being recalled a second time this season from Triple-A on Sept. 7.

Berti hit a solo homer to put Miami on the board. Leblanc then reached on a fielding error, Brian Anderson was hit by a pitch and Nick Fortes hit a two-out infield single that loaded the bases. De La Cruz followed with an opposite-field drive to right-center for his 10th homer and second career grand slam.

The Marlins added two runs in the fourth and ended Miley's outing after three-plus innings. Jerar Encarnación scored from third on a wild pitch and Berti hit an RBI single.

In his third start since returning from the 60-day injured list, Miley allowed seven runs, three earned, on seven hits. He walked two in addition to plunking Anderson.

De La Cruz had another bases-loaded opportunity in the fourth but Chicago reliever Jeremiah Estrada struck him out, ending an eight-pitch at bat.

Rojas' run-scoring single in the seventh made it 8-3 and Leblanc hit a two-run shot in the eighth.

The Cubs struck first on Christopher Morel's solo homer and Ian Happ's RBI double in the third.


Before De La Cruz's slam, Fortes hit a high chopper to third that shattered his bat. The splintered bat and ball sailed in Cubs third baseman David Bote's direction. As Bote attempted to field the grounder, the ball deflected off the bag, allowing Forte to reach.


Cubs: C Willson Contreras (left ankle sprain) showed no discomfort while running in a straight line Sunday but still encountered challenges with turning, manager David Ross said.

Marlins: LHP Trevor Rogers (lat strain) will be shut down for the season. He exited after the first inning of his start at Washington on Saturday. A 2021 All-Star, Rogers struggled most of the season and finished 5-11 with a 5.47 ERA.


RHP Adrian Sampson (2-5, 3.48 ERA) will start the middle game of the series for the Cubs Tuesday and RHP Pablo López (9-10, 3.99) will start for the Marlins.

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