Stanton homers twice, Vazquez Ks 10, Marlins win

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“I had my curveball working today, that helped me a lot. When they guys score a lot of runs, it makes your job a lot easier.”

Vazquez had been charged with just two earned runs over his last four starts (25 1-3 innings), and watched his ERA drop almost two runs over the last month.

“He’s throwing strikes, that’s the main thing,” McKeon said. “He’s changing speeds.”

Stanton’s homer in the fifth gave Florida an 8-0 lead. Morrison homered in the sixth off reliever Ramon Ortiz.

Florida added two runs in the ninth off Jeff Samardzija. Bryan Peterson had a sacrifice fly and Brett Hayes hit an RBI double.

Zambrano had been on the 15-day DL since July 1 with lower back stiffness after pitching one inning the previous day in a start against the Giants. He made a rehab start at Class A Peoria on July 8.

NOTES: With Zambrano’s activation, the Cubs optioned reliever Chris Carpenter to Iowa. “He did a great job here, nothing to disappoint us, but given the makeup of the bullpen he needs to go where he can pitch,” Cubs manager Mike Quade said. Carpenter had no decisions or saves and a 2.79 ERA in 10 relief appearances … Marlins SS Emilio Bonifacio’s eighth-inning infield single extended his hitting streak to 15 games. … A day after reaching 1,000 career hits, Hanley Ramirez got a start on reaching his next milestone with his first-inning double to right. Jeff Conine is second in club history with 1,005 hits … The four-game series concludes at 1:20 p.m. Sunday with Cubs righty Randy Wells (1-3, 6.80) making his 10th start of the season and first against Florida. The Marlins send right-handed Chris Volstad (5-8, 5.40 ERA) who is 0-1 against Chicago after a 5-1 loss on May 19 at Wrigley Field.

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