- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - Admiring the homer he had just hit, Chicago Cubs right fielder Junior Lake flipped his bat and took his time starting toward first base.

When the Miami Marlins screamed angrily at him from their dugout, he put his index finger to his lips, gesturing to them to be quiet.

Instead, Lake heard plenty more about his behavior - including from his manager.

Lake and injured Marlins ace Jose Fernandez were at the forefront of a bench-clearing confrontation Wednesday night during the Cubs’ 7-3 loss to the Miami Marlins, and everyone agreed he was in the wrong. Lake apologized.

“I’d like to use this moment for our minor league guys,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “Don’t do that. That’s very much not cool. So if you’re watching the game back in Chicago tonight, don’t do that if you hit a home run. … We don’t do that here, and that will be the last time you see it.”

The Cubs trailed 6-0 in the sixth when Lake hit a two-run homer. His showboating on the way to first brought a glare from pitcher Dan Haren and hollering from the Marlins dugout.

“I knew after I crossed first that I didn’t do it right,” Lake said through a translator. “But after that, I heard them chirping from the other dugout, and that’s when I lost control a little bit. I wanted to actually apologize, but they kept screaming at me and I’m a man, too.”

When Lake gestured toward the Marlins, several players screamed at him in response and then ran onto the field. Fernandez, still on the disabled list recovering from Tommy John surgery, vaulted over the railing to lead the way.

Surrounded by teammates, Lake and Fernandez shouted at each other near home plate before they were pulled away toward their respective dugouts. No one was ejected.

“I probably shouldn’t have gone out there on the field, but emotions took over,” Fernandez said. “We’re not trying to fight. We’re not boxing or UFC. I got caught in the moment.”

Haren said Lake’s behavior was disrespectful.

“I didn’t like it. The team didn’t like it,” Haren said. “It’s his first homer of the year, so congratulations to him. I’ve given up about 500 homers in my career, so big deal.”

Maddon said he spoke with Lake during and after the game and told him he was in the wrong. He said Lake was contrite.

Giancarlo Stanton and Jeff Baker hit back-to-back homers for the second time in five days, and the Marlins showed lots of life after two months of often desultory play. They won their second series in a row after a stretch in which they lost 11 of 13 games and fired manager Mike Redmond.

“I’ve sensed this team coming together,” new manager Dan Jennings said. “This is a good ballclub. There was a transition that was tough on everyone. But this team has a lot of heart.”

Miami’s feistiness didn’t end with the confrontation. Jennings was ejected in the eighth inning for arguing a call on a checked swing.

Haren (6-2) took a shutout into the sixth but got only one out after the confrontation. He allowed three runs in 5 2-3 innings.

Stanton, the major league leader in RBIs, hit his 17th home run off Jon Lester, and Baker followed with his second for a 6-0 lead in the fifth.

Lester (4-4) had his worst outing of the year, allowing six runs in five innings. He also went 0 for 2 at the plate and is 0 for 61 in his career.

In the second inning the Marlins scored four runs, including two thanks to a replay reversal.

With runners at the corners and two outs, Dee Gordon was called out trying to beat out a slow grounder to shortstop Starlin Castro. But the ruling was reversed following a brief review, allowing a run to score, and Martin Prado followed with an RBI single to make it 4-0.


The Cubs played without RF Jorge Soler (left ankle), who went on the disabled list before the game.


Cubs: RHP Jake Arrieta (4-4, 3.18 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Cubs when they begin a four-game series Thursday at Washington. Arrieta is 0-1 with a 5.81 ERA in six starts against the Nationals.

Marlins: RHP Tom Koehler (3-3, 4.01) starts for the Marlins when they play Friday at Colorado to begin a six-game trip.

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