Cubs swept by Marlins

Cubs swept by Marlins
April 19, 2012, 7:51 pm
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MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins did not score after the third inning. They didn't need to, thanks to a big effort by their bullpen.

With an early lead, starter Ricky Nolasco settled down and five relievers combined to throw 3 2-3 perfect innings that finished a three-game sweep of the Cubs with a 5-3 win Thursday and sent Chicago to its fifth straight loss.

"Every championship team has a great bullpen and I think we do," said Marlins closer Heath Bell, who recorded his second save in four opportunities.

Greg Dobbs hit a two-run double for Miami, which has won five of six. Hanley Ramirez and Logan Morrison each had two hits and Emilio Bonifacio stole two bases.

"Right now they are putting it together," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said.

An announced attendance of 23,168 saw the Marlins complete their first home series sweep against the Cubs since September 2007 and improve to 5-2 in their new ballpark.

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