- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Marlins erased an early four-run deficit with Justin Bour’s first-inning grand slam, and then managed only one hit the rest of the night.

That wasn’t enough. Miami was blanked over the final eight innings Friday and lost 5-4 to the Chicago Cubs, who broke a four-game losing streak.

“It’s a tough one to swallow,” Bour said, “but we’ll have short-term memory.”

Each team scored four runs in the first inning, when Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras homered for the Cubs. It was the first time in the majors this year that both teams scored at least four runs in the first, according to ESPN.

Despite the early onslaught, both starters settled down before departing with the score still 4-all. Miami’s Tom Koehler gave up six consecutive hits in the first but still pitched six innings.

“It’s not very often when you have an inning like that and then get a reset, you get a do-over,” Koehler said. “I really wanted to make the most of that.”

Mike Dunn (0-1) retired only one of the five hitters he faced in the seventh. He walked two and hit a batter.

“I can’t remember the last time I went out there and couldn’t throw anything over the plate,” Dunn said. “I didn’t give the team a chance.”

Dunn also allowed an RBI single by Contreras, which put the team with the best record in the majors ahead to stay. Contreras is batting .412 with three homers and eight RBIs after seven games in the big leagues.

While Contreras again excelled as a reinforcement for the injury-hampered NL Central leaders, they endured another setback when second baseman Ben Zobrist left the game after he was hit by a pitch on the left ankle. X-rays were negative, but Zobrist said he’ll likely miss at least one game.

The Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks pitched five innings and allowed only one hit - Bour’s slam. All four runs were unearned because of an error by shortstop Addison Russell.

“That was the most grinding of a one-hitter,” Hendricks said. “It was a weird game.”

Trevor Cahill (1-2) threw a scoreless sixth to help the Cubs break their longest losing streak of the season. Hector Rondon retired all four batters he faced for his second four-out save in a row, and his 13th overall.

The Cubs’ outburst in the first included Bryant’s 18th homer and Contreras’ drive. They nearly had hits by their first seven batters, but Jason Heyward was robbed by center fielder Marcell Ozuna to start the game.

The Marlins tied the game in their half of the first, with all four runs unearned because Russell mishandled a grounder to start the inning. Hendricks gave up a pair of two-out walks, and Bour hit a breaking pitch into the center field shrubs for his 13th homer.

WHERE WAS BARTMAN?

Chicago 3B Javier Baez dove into the stands to catch J.T. Realmuto’s pop foul in the fourth.

UP NEXT

Cubs RHP John Lackey (7-3, 2.78) is scheduled to start Saturday against RHP Paul Clemens (0-1, 5.40), who will make his second start since being recalled from Triple-A. Lackey has faced the Marlins twice - in 2005 and 2015.

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