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Edward Cabrera dominant, but late home run sinks Marlins in 2-1 loss to Cubs

Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald on

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CHICAGO — How to describe Edward Cabrera’s first MLB start after a nearly two-month injury hiatus?

In a word: Dominant.

The Miami Marlins’ 24-year-old right-handed pitcher threw five no-hit innings on Friday against the Chicago Cubs, striking out eight and allowing just three hits.

But the outing went to waste.

Willson Contreras hit a go-ahead, two-run home run in the eighth inning against Dylan Floro as the Cubs beat the Marlins, 2-1, at Wrigley Field to begin a three-game series.

Miami falls to 48-58, while the Cubs improve to 42-63.

 

Contreras’ game-winning home run came on an 0-1 change-up below the strike zone that he lifted to left-center field. Nick Madrigal led off the inning with a single to right field to put the game-tying run on the basepaths.

That one swing spoiled Cabrera’s return.

Cabrera’s eight strikeouts were one shy of his single-game career-high. Cubs hitters swung at 34 of Cabrera’s 78 pitches — and missed on 17 of those swings.

His fastball topped out at 98.3 mph and averaged 96.3 mph, about a half-mile slower than his season average.

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