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The Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo doubles to drive in two runs in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins on Friday, June 6, 2014, at Wrigley Field in Chicago. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

Rizzo's home run in 13th puts Cubs over Marlins, 5-3

CHICAGO -- Every time the Miami Marlins claw their way up to first place, they stumble.

This time it was Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native Anthony Rizzo hitting a two-run home run off Kevin Slowey in the 13th inning for a 5-3 Chicago Cubs victory Friday at Wrigley Field.

The Marlins had rallied in the ninth inning from a 3-0 deficit to send the game into extra innings.

A gang of former Marlins provided the impetus for that Cubs lead.

Chris Coghlan drove in the first run with an RBI double in the fifth and Justin Ruggiano's double sparked a two-run eighth.

"They're the ones that got me the most," said Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi, who didn't allow a hit until two outs in the fifth and only three in the first seven innings.

Rizzo added an opposite-field, two-run double to left just out of the reach of Christian Yelich.

Eovaldi contributed to his own trouble in the eighth when he couldn't field a comebacker by Emilio Bonifacio, still another former Marlin. Eovaldi had time to throw out Bonifacio, but he looked at Ruggiano dancing off second and made no throw. The play was ruled a single for Bonifacio.

"I know how (Ruggiano) is, he jumps off the bag. I knew I would have had him. I turned too quick before I had the ball," Eovaldi said. "It still comes down to ... being able to bounce back when you make a mistake and being able to locate your pitches.

Instead, he allowed the double to Rizzo two batters later.

The Marlins rallied in the ninth against Hector Rondon. After three singles loaded the bases, pinch hitter Justin Bour's groundout brought in the first run.

Bour was first ruled safe at first when Rondon's foot appeared to come off the base early on the toss from Rizzo. Replay reversed the call.

Reed Johnson followed with a pinch two-run single to right to complete the Marlins' comeback.

Earlier, Coghlan's double to right came immediately after Nate Schierholtz broke the Cubs' hitless spell with a clean single to center with two outs in the fifth.

The loss, in the 4-hour, 2-minute marathon, snapped a four-game Marlins winning streak that had pulled them into a virtual tie with Atlanta -- the Braves played later at Arizona. The Marlins had also won four in a row on the road after struggling mightily away earlier in the season.

"Other than not being able to field that comebacker and get an out there, I thought he did a great job," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said of Eovaldi. "We just couldn't really get anything going. For whatever reason, it wasn't our day offensively."

Marlins hitters struck out 17 times, including four by Giancarlo Stanton and three by Marcell Ozuna. Stanton, the National League RBI leader, also hit into an inning-ending double play.

Cubs starter Jason Hammel shut them out for seven innings on six hits while striking out eight. Eovaldi also struck out eight in 7 2/3 innings.

Six Marlins pitchers recorded 16 strikeouts. Slowey came on in the 12th and struck out two to strand Coghlan on second.

But in the 13th he gave up a leadoff single to Junior Lake. Rizzo hit a first-pitch curve just fair down the right-field line for the Cubs' first walk-off homer since he hit one off the Cardinals on July 29, 2012.

"I had a pretty good idea that Rizzo was going to be aggressive," Slowey said. "I wasn't able to get the ball where I needed to get it, and he put a good swing on it."

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