Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 7/8)

Game 1: Monday, July 7
Chi Cubs6
Game 2: Tuesday, July 8
Chi Cubs3
Game 3: Wednesday, July 9
Chi Cubs5

Marlins 4

(47-44, 22-25 away)

Cubs 3

(45-44, 22-22 home)

    2:20 PM ET, July 8, 2003

    Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    CHC 000000012 3 7 1

    W: N. Bump (2-0)

    L: M. Remlinger (5-3)

    S: B. Looper (16)

    Marlins barely escape ninth vs. Cubs

    CHICAGO (AP) -- The Florida Marlins beat the Chicago Cubs with a rookie. It just wasn't the one everyone expected.

    Brought into the game after a rain delay chased Dontrelle Willis, Nate Bump worked out of a bases-loaded jam, then let the Florida offense take over. Ivan Rodriguez and Luis Castillo responded with back-to-back homers in the seventh, and the Marlins withstood a ninth-inning rally for a 4-3 victory.

    "The kid did a good job coming in," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said of Bump, who was called up from Triple-A on June 29. "I threw that kid right in the fire."

    Bump (2-0) gave up just one hit and one run -- a solo homer by Sammy Sosa -- in 2 1-3 innings. Braden Looper pitched the ninth for his 16th save in 19 chances, but the Cubs made him work for it.

    Ramon Martinez drew a leadoff walk, and Damian Miller doubled just inside the left-field line. Martinez scored on Tom Goodwin's groundout, and the Cubs pulled within a run on Mark Grudzielanek's RBI single to shallow left.

    Looper then walked pinch-hitter Lenny Harris, putting the tying run in scoring position. Moises Alou followed with a liner toward second, but Castillo made a leaping grab to rob him of a hit.

    That brought up Sosa, who hit a high pop to third, ending the game. It was the 10th loss in 14 games for the Cubs.

    "You can't go get drunk every time you have a bad game, or you'd be drunk all the time," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "So these are the games where you sit around, you think about it ... and try not to take it home to your wife and family. They know how you feel.

    "I'll find something to do for the next hour or so, so I can go home and at least be decent company."

    The Cubs' biggest problem figured to be Willis, the left-handed rookie who is drawing comparisons to Fernando Valenzuela with his old-school windup and sparkling record. Willis is 7-0 in his last nine starts, with an ERA of just 0.85. Overall, he's 8-1 with a 1.98 ERA.

    And the Cubs used to have him.

    Chicago drafted Willis in the eighth round of the 2000 amateur draft, but they sent him to Florida last year during spring training as part of the deal for Antonio Alfonseca and Matt Clement.

    The Cubs managed just two hits off Willis through the first five innings, putting a runner in scoring position twice. But as the rain started to fall in the bottom of the sixth, they finally appeared to be figuring him out.

    With one out, Sosa worked Willis for 10 pitches before doubling to right. Eric Karros followed with a single off Mike Lowell's glove, giving the Cubs runners at the corners. After Jose Hernandez struck out for the second out, though, the game was delayed.

    "I just wanted to stay in the ball game," Willis said. "I had a mess out there, and I wanted to clean it up."

    Instead, Bump came in. He got off to a rocky start, hitting Trenidad Hubbard to load the bases. But he retired Miller on a fly to center to end the threat.

    "He wanted to finish the game, but he understood. He's got a good future and we're not going to jeopardize it," McKeon said of Willis. "He's a tough kid, he's a competitor. This wasn't his sharpest game. His control wasn't as sharp as it usually is."

    Neither was Mike Remlinger's.

    With one out in the seventh, Castillo opened the scoring with a homer off Remlinger, sending the ball over the left-field fence and bouncing down Waveland Avenue. It was Castillo's sixth homer of the year.

    The Wrigley Field fans who'd stuck around through the rain had barely finished booing Remlinger when Rodriguez homered into the left-field bleachers on an 0-2 pitch.

    It was Rodriguez's 13th homer this season and his second in two days. He hit a solo homer Monday night.

    He added an RBI single in the eighth inning off Alfonseca.

    "You've got to get the next out, no matter who's hitting," Remlinger said. "Bottom line in that situation -- I expect to get outs."

    Remlinger (5-3) allowed two homers and a walk in two-thirds of an inning, facing five batters.

    "I know when I'm good and when I'm not. When I'm not, I don't expect people to cheer for me," Remlinger said. "I think I'd be booing if I was sitting up there today."

    Game notes

    The back-to-back homers were Florida's first since May 25. ... Rodriguez is hitting .414 over his last 14 games with five homers and 21 RBI. ... The victory snapped Florida's five-game losing streak against the Cubs. ... The Marlins have homered 19 times in their last 13 games.

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