Byrd Helps Cubs Beat Marlins 7-5

Cubs breaks three-game losing streak

Wednesday, May 18, 2011  |  Updated 10:03 PM CDT
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Marlon Byrd hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning, and the Chicago Cubs broke a three-game losing streak by beating the Florida Marlins 7-5 on Wednesday night.

Reed Johnson hit his third career pinch-hit home run for the Cubs to make the score 5-all in the sixth. They took the lead on Byrd's second homer against Edward Mujica (4-2) leading off the eighth.

Chicago's Ryan Dempster gave up five runs in five innings, increasing his ERA to 6.91, but three relievers shut out Florida over the final four innings. Jeff Samardzija (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings, and Carlos Marmol worked 1 1-3 innings for his ninth save in 11 chances.

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