Stanton homers twice, Vazquez Ks 10, Marlins win

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CHICAGO (AP) - The Florida Marlins had no interest in another nail-biter.

Mike Stanton hit two home runs, Javier Vazquez struck out 10 and the Marlins routed the Chicago Cubs 13-3 Saturday.

After a spirited ninth-inning comeback on Thursday, Florida lost 2-1 on Friday.

“The loss (was like the type of losses we had all throughout June,” Stanton said, referring to a stretch where the Marlins lost 19 of 20. “We would let it soak in to us, but today we bounced back.”

Hanley Ramirez hit three doubles and scored three times, and Logan Morrison added a three-run homer as the Marlins won for the seventh time in eight games.

Stanton got three hits and drove in four runs. He hit a leadoff homer in the fourth inning and added a three-run shot, his 20th, in the fifth that finished Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano.

“I like to see him hit the ball, put the ball in play,” Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. “When he puts the ball in play, he hits it hard. He just has to cut down on the strikeouts, be a little more selective. Today, he was great.”

“That was a nice win after (Friday’s) sad performance,” he added.

Zambrano (6-5) was activated from the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day. He had a rocky 4 2-3 innings, giving up eight earned runs on seven hits and four walks.

It was Zambrano’s shortest outing of the season, not including his June 30 start when he left after an inning due to injury.

“I felt good, my fastball was good,” Zambrano said. “My arm, body (were) good. Intelligence? Not good. Bad pitches to Stanton twice.”

Vazquez (6-8) went seven innings, allowing just one hit through 5 2-3 before finding trouble in the sixth.

Kosuke Fukudome blooped a base hit to center and Starlin Castro reached on a slow roller down the third-base line. Aramis Ramirez then hit a three-run homer, his 16th of the year and 11th in 21 games.

“When your teammates score a lot of runs, it makes your job a lot easier because you can pound the strike zone without being afraid a pitch will hurt you. I just tried to stay aggressive and throw strikes,” Vazquez said.

Now 1-2 against the Cubs this season, Vazquez gave up four hits and walked none.

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