Alvarez homers and earns win as Marlins best Cubs

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Updated: September 2, 2013

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Henderson Alvarez hit a three-run homer and
also tossed six strong innings to guide the Miami Marlins to a 4-3 win over
the Chicago Cubs on Monday.

“He hit that ball good, he crushed that ball,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond
said of Alvarez’s homer.

Alvarez (3-3), who allowed three runs on seven hits over six innings, gave
Miami a 4-3 lead with his three run blast in the second inning. The right-
hander went on to limit the Cubs to just three more hits before he left the
game with hamstring tightness following the sixth inning.

Christian Yelich added a solo homer for the Marlins, who have won two straight
on the heels of a six-game losing skid.

Steve Cishek worked a scoreless ninth to notch his 29th save of the season.

Anthony Rizzo, Dioner Navarro and Nate Schierholtz drove in one run apiece
for the Cubs, who had won two straight.

Travis Wood (8-11) was pegged with the loss after giving up all four runs on
nine hits over seven innings.

“It was kind of a funny outing. He couldn’t get the left-handed hitter out in
their lineup and he couldn’t get the pitcher out,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum
said of Wood.

Yelich smoked a solo homer to right-center in the first, but the Cubs answered
back with a three-run home half to take the lead.

Starlin Castro and Luis Valbuena led off with back-to-back singles before
Rizzo ripped a base hit to center to score the former. Navarro followed with a
single deep in the hole on the right side to plate Valbuena and Schierholtz
capped the inning with a sacrifice fly to center to bring Rizzo around.

Ed Lucas led off the second with a double and Jeff Mathis singled to put
runners on the corners for Alvarez, who crushed his first career homer over
the wall in left-center to give the Marlins a lead they would never
relinquish.

Game Notes

Alvarez earned his first win since July 31 … Alvarez is batting .368 (7-
for-19) with six RBI … The Cubs were 2-for-7 with runners in scoring
position.