Stanton, Marlins Rock Cubs 13-3

Zambrano gets lit up in first start back

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Vazquez Silences Cubs Bats

In the first two games of the series between the Cubs and Marlins, the Marlins didn’t score until the ninth inning. On Thursday they scored six times in the ninth to spoil a gem by Matt Garza, and on Friday scored one in the ninth but still fell to the Cubs 2-1. Saturday they decided to score early and unfortunately for the Cubs they scored often in route to a 13-3 victory.

Mike Stanton was the offensive star for the Marlins (45-49) Saturday. Stanton had three hits, two of which left the yard, and drove in four runs. Logan Morrison drove in three runs and Hanley Ramirez added three hits providing starting pitcher Javier Vazquez enough run support.

Javier Vazquez continued his recent dominance going seven innings to earn his sixth win on the season. Vazquez made just one mistake, a three-run homer to Aramis Ramirez, and allowed four hits to go along with his ten strikeouts.

Carlos Zambrano made his first start after being activated earlier in the day from the disabled list. Zambrano went just four and two-thirds and allowed eight runs on seven hits. The Cubs (38-57) righty fell to 6-5 on the season.

The Cubs will look for a series split when the two teams meet Sunday in the series finale.


Big Z Set To Return As Cubs Battle Marlins

The Cubs and Marlins will play game three Saturday of what has been an interesting series so far. On Thursday Matt Garza pitched great only to to have Carlos Marmol blow up in the ninth as the Marlins took game one 6-3. Friday Ryan Dempster was fantastic and Carlos Marmol tried to blow it again only to be bailed out by Sean Marshall as the Cubs took the game 2-1. The Cubs hope the quality starting pitching will continue Saturday, but that things in the ninth will be a little less stressful.

Carlos Zambrano is scheduled to return off the DL to make the start for the Cubs Saturday. Zambrano hasn't pitched since June 30th when he left with an injury against the Giants. The Cubs righty is 6-4 on the season with an ERA of 4.34. Zambrano has pitched well against Florida in his career. In his nine previous starts against the Marlins, Zambrano is 5-0 with an ERA of 3.36.

Javier Vazquez gets the start for the Marlins Saturday. Vazquez is 5-8 on the season with an ERA of 5.23.  After struggling in the beginning of the season, the Marlins right-hander has been outstanding the past month. In his last five starts Vazquez has an  NL-Best ERA of 1.19.

The forecast at the time of first pitch is temps in the upper 80's under partly sunny skies. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 CST. The game can be seen on CSN.

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