MIAMI -- With at least six scouts evaluating Jason Hammel, the Chicago Cubs' exceptional pitching rental didn't turn in one of his sharper performances.
Perhaps those same evaluators will see a more tantalizing performance from ace Jeff Samardzija on Tuesday night.
The most noticeable difference Monday was that Hammel received timely run support that has eluded Samardzija for most of this season. The Cubs rallied from a three-run deficit thanks to the resurgent Starlin Castro, who capped a four-run sixth by ripping a three-run home run.
Hammel gave up the lead quickly and departed after six innings with no decision. But the offense got some help from pitcher Travis Wood, who hit a pinch-hit double with two out in the 13th to score Junior Lake from first base and give the Cubs a 5-4 victory over the Marlins.
"You've got to be (swinging)," Wood said. "There were two out, and it's the 13th."
Wood, who pitched eight shutout innings Sunday in Philadelphia, is 8-for-29 (.276) with two home runs. This was his first hit in four at-bats as a pinch hitter.
Seven Cubs relievers combined for seven scoreless innings.
Among the teams that scouted Hammel's outing were the red-hot Royals and the Blue Jays, who have sent multiple scouts to see Samardzija pitch starting late last season.
Hammel, who can become a free agent after this season, continued to show signs of effectiveness with nine strikeouts. But he paid the price when his breaking pitch was high or flat.
Giancarlo Stanton's two-run homer in the first rates as one of the most impressive of the season. Stanton lined a hanging curve by Hammel over the right-field fence, with the ball appearing to sail no higher than 25 feet as it quickly left the playing field.
Stanton's homer snapped a stretch of 24 at-bats without a home run against the Cubs since he hit two against them April 28, 2013, in Miami.
Hammel left with no decision thanks to Ryan Sweeney's defense in center field.
After Marcell Ozuna led off the sixth with a triple, Adeiny Hechavarria hit a drive to deep left-center. Sweeney ran back to the spacious alley and made an over-the-shoulder catch near the warning track to limit Hechavarria to a game-tying sacrifice fly.
Reliever Justin Grimm was bailed out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh by Wesley Wright and Brian Schlitter. Wright retired Garrett Jones on a force play at home, and Schlitter fooled Ozuna on a called third strike.
Wright, Schlitter and Pedro Strop retired eight consecutive batters after Grimm's walk to former Cub Casey McGehee had loaded the bases. McGehee singled in the third for his 44th RBI.
Castro's 10th homer matched his total for 2013.
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