(83-76, 39-39 away)
(69-90, 36-45 home)
4:05 PM ET, September 27, 2007
Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida
• Summary: The Cubs stranded 10 runners and lost to the last-place Marlins for the third game in a row, 6-4.
• Goat: Chicago's Steve Trachsel, making his first start in two weeks, lasted only 4 1/3 innings and allowed five runs.
• Hunt for October: Chicago remained two games ahead of second-place Milwaukee, which lost 9-5 to San Diego. The Cubs' magic number for clinching the division fell to two.
• Figure this: The final home game for attendance-challenged Florida drew 24,809 fans. Most cheered for the Cubs.
• Quotable pt. 1: ""We're not worried about history. I understand the history, but we weren't there. I promise, when we're in between the lines, we're not thinking about the history of the Cubs." -- Chicago first baseman Derrek Lee
• Quotable pt. 2: "When you've got a lot of their fans in your home ballpark, you want to go out and shut them up." -- Marlins reliever Justin Miller
-- ESPN.com news services
Marlins 6, Cubs 4
The magic number is derived by adding one to the number of remaining games and subtracting the number of games ahead in the loss column from the second-place team. Here's where the leaders stand:
|x-clinched playoff spot|
Cubs catcher Jason Kendall, who started for the first time in eight days Wednesday, was back on the bench Thursday, with rookie Geovany Soto starting. ... Until his RBI double, Alfonso Soriano was 1-for-11 in the series with six strikeouts.
Regular Season Series
|1st||A Ramirez singled to left, R Theriot scored, D Lee to third.||1||0|
|FLA||1st||M Jacobs hit sacrifice fly to right, H Ramirez scored, J Hermida to third.||1||1|
|FLA||2nd||A De Aza doubled to deep left center, M Olivo scored.||1||2|
|FLA||2nd||H Ramirez hit sacrifice fly to right, A De Aza scored.||1||3|
|FLA||5th||H Ramirez homered to center.||1||4|
|FLA||5th||M Cabrera doubled to right, D Uggla scored.||1||5|
|6th||C Monroe grounded into fielder's choice to third, A Ramirez scored on throwing error by third baseman M Cabrera, G Soto safe at third on throwing error by third baseman M Cabrera.||2||5|
|6th||J Jones singled to center, G Soto scored, C Monroe to second.||3||5|
|6th||A Soriano doubled to deep left center, C Monroe scored, J Jones to third.||4||5|
|FLA||8th||C Ross doubled to deep center, R Abercrombie scored.||4||6|
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|Stadium||Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL|
|Attendance||24,809 (64.3% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||88 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Mike Reilly|