Cubs Beat Marlins 5-1

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    Florida Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez waits for the throw as Chicago Cubs' Darwin Barney dives back to first on a pickoff attempt.

    Casey Coleman had a career-high seven strikeouts in 5 2-3 shutout innings Thursday, and the Chicago Cubs completed a two-game series sweep by beating the Florida Marlins 5-1.

    Coleman (2-3) walked five but retired five batters with runners in scoring position and lowered his ERA from 7.22 to 6.03.

    He departed after throwing 109 pitches, and four relievers completed the eight-hitter, with Carlos Marmol pitching a scoreless ninth. Marmol has thrown 22 2-3 consecutive shutout innings on the road since Aug. 25.

    Marlon Byrd hit a two-run homer, his third of the season and his second in two nights against Florida. Starlin Castro hit a two-out, two-run double in the ninth, and Reed Johnson doubled home Chicago's first.

    The Cubs have won their past five games in Miami.