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MIAMI (AP) - Jacob Turner had a rough day: First, he lost his starter’s job. Then he lost the game as a reliever in the 13th inning.
Pitcher Travis Wood had a pinch-hit, RBI double with two outs in the top of the 13th inning to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 5-4 win over Miami on Monday night.
Turner (2-5) said he treated Wood as he would any other hitter.
“I left a pitch over the middle (to Wood),” Turner said.
Turner was demoted when the Marlins called up two rookie pitchers earlier Monday. He took the ball to start the 13th and gave up a one-out single to left fielder Junior Lake. Wood, pinch hitting for reliever Charlie Villanueva, stroked his game-winner to left one out later.
“I’m just trying to help the team win,” he said. “There is an adjustment warming up. But once you are out there, it’s just a matter of making quality pitches.”
It was Wood’s second career game-winning RBI.
“I always hit growing up, out of high school,” said Wood, who has eight homers in his five-year big league career, including two this season. “It’s part of my job as a starting pitcher in the National League, so I practice at it and try to do the best I can.”
Villanueva (3-5) pitched two hitless innings. James Russell retired the side in order in the bottom of the 13th for his first save of the season.
Chicago is 4-4 on a 10-game road trip that ends Wednesday.
Miami fell to 1-3 on its 10-game homestand.
The Marlins got a two-run homer, a single and a steal from right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. It was his National League-leading 19th long ball of the season.
The Cubs scored four runs in the sixth inning to take a 4-3 lead. The rally featured a three-run homer by shortstop Starlin Castro, who took a high breaking pitch from Marlins starter Tom Koehler and drove it to left. It was his 10th homer of the season.
“Other than the curveball that I hung there (to Castro), they did a good job of hitting some quality pitches,” Koehler said. “I made some good pitches but got into a jam.”
Miami tied the score in the bottom of the sixth when left fielder Marcell Ozuna tripled to right-center and scored on shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria’s deep fly to right. Cubs right fielder Ryan Sweeney made a stellar over-the-shoulder catch near the wall on the play.
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