Series: Game 2 of 2

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/20)

Game 1: Monday, September 20
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Game 2: Monday, September 20
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Cubs 2

(83-66, 40-34 away)

Marlins 5

(79-70, 42-35 home)

4:35 PM ET, September 20, 2004

Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

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FLA 30200000 - 5 4 1

W: D. Weathers (7-7)

L: M. Clement (9-13)

S: A. Benitez (44)

Cubs 0.5 games back in the wild-card

MIAMI (Ticker) -- David Weathers did not miss a beat in his first starting assignment in six years.

Weathers, who made 455 relief appearances since his last start, gave up one run and two hits with six strikeouts in five innings as the Florida Marlins posted a 5-2 win over the Chicago Cubs and earned a split of their key doubleheader.

The Cubs fell one-half game behind the idle San Francisco Giants in the wild card race, while the Marlins are 4 1/2 back of the Giants.

Weathers (7-7) was pressed into starting duty because Florida was playing its third doubleheader in 11 games. He picked up his first starting victory since May 22, 1988 against the Colorado Rockies.

The Marlins gave Weathers early run support when Damion Easley slammed a three-run homer off Matt Clement in the first inning. Easley also had an RBI double in the third.

Clement (9-13) left after giving up five runs and three hits with three walks in 2 2/3 innings. He is 2-9 in 18 starts since June 13.

Armando Benitez pitched a scoreless ninth for his career-high 44th save. He got some help when Juan Encarnacion reached over the right field wall to take a potential two-run homer away from Todd Walker.

Chicago had a chance to tie the game with two on and none out in the sixth. But reliever Rudy Seanez struck out Derrek Lee and Sammy Sosa and got Mark Grudzielanek to bounce out to second base.

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