- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - Trailing by three runs, the Chicago Cubs mounted a bases-loaded threat in the ninth inning that turned out to be fleeting.

It lasted only as long as it took the Miami Marlins to throw out Addison Russell taking a big turn off second base.

“Overzealous baserunning,” Chicago manager Joe Maddon said.

The Cubs failed to score and lost Tuesday, 5-2. They were beaten by Brad Hand, who has the worst winning percentage in the majors among active pitchers with at least 20 decisions, according to STATS.

Hand (1-1) pitched six innings to improve to 5-18 (.217) in 33 career starts.

“Early on, we chased a couple of softies out of the zone that kind of hurt us,” Maddon said. “His changeup makes him, especially against righties. He pitched well.”

Even so, the Cubs had a chance to come back in the ninth.

They had runners at first and second with one out when Chris Coghlan singled and right fielder Giancarlo Stanton fielded the ball. When Starlin Castro stopped at third, Stanton threw out Russell scrambling back to second.

“That works very rarely,” Stanton said, “but it was a great time for it to work there.”

Russell said he tried to brake and reverse direction when he saw the third base coach’s stop sign, but it was too late.

“I don’t think it was a stupid or dumb play at all,” Russell said. “I’m trying to get to third, and I’m trying to put my team in a better situation to win. Next time I’ve got to keep my head up and make sure I pick up the sign.”

Miguel Montero then struck out to end the game, and A.J. Ramos earned his fifth save in seven chances.

“We made a couple of mistakes. They took advantage of them,” Maddon said. “We did not deserve to win tonight.”

Marcell Ozuna hit a two-out, three-run double off Kyle Hendricks (1-2) that put Miami ahead to stay in the fifth. Stanton hit a solo homer, his 16th.

Hendricks gave up four runs in six innings. Junior Lake had a pair of doubles and drove in a run for Chicago.

About half the crowd of 23,789 rooted for the visitors, even chanting “Let’s go Cubbies!” But the cheers were for the home team in the fifth, when Miami rallied from a 2-1 deficit.

Hand’s hit helped the Marlins load the bases with none out, and Hendricks nearly escaped, striking out Stanton and retiring Justin Bour on a popup. But Ozuna lined the first pitch for a bases-clearing double and a 4-2 lead.

“I was able to get the first two guys, and then got ambushed there by Ozuna,” Hendricks said.

Adeiny Hechavarria, batting for the first time in four days after being sidelined by a sore left shoulder, hit a two-out RBI double in the second to put Miami ahead. Maddon elected to pitch to Hechavarria with a runner on second rather than walk him and let Hendricks face the opposing pitcher.

Chicago scored in the third on back-to-back RBI doubles by Anthony Rizzo and Lake.

ROSTER MOVE

Each team made a roster move before the game. The Cubs called up OF Matt Szczur from Triple-A Iowa and optioned OF Mike Baxter to Iowa. Szczur struck out as a pinch hitter in the ninth.

The Marlins recalled RHP Kendry Flores from Double-A Jacksonville. He started there but will be used in long relief by the Marlins.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs: played without RF Jorge Soler, who hurt his ankle Monday.

UP NEXT

Cubs LHP Jon Lester (4-3, 3.30) is scheduled to start the final game of the series Wednesday against RHP Dan Haren (5-2, 3.03).

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