Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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Cubs rally to sweep Marlins

CHICAGO — The winning rally lacked a signature hit, and that was just fine with the Cubs. To them, Wednesday's comeback was a testament to the team's collective resolve.

Matt Szczur scored on A.J. Ramos' wild pitch in the ninth inning, capping a three-run rally that gave Chicago a 5-4 victory and a three-game sweep of the Marlins.

Chicago tied it when Ramos walked former Ray Ben Zobrist with the bases loaded and two outs. Miami manager Don Mattingly had called for an intentional walk of Anthony Rizzo ahead of Zobrist.

"I think we've got a good group," Cubs starter John Lackey said. "A group that keeps fighting."

Chicago manager Joe Maddon also credited those among the Wrigley Field crowd of 41,147 who stayed until the end.

"They had so much energy," Maddon said. "It was a long day, and it was hot out there, and we have to get on the road. All those different mental factors and our fans picked us up."

It was Ramos' second blown save in 33 chances this season.

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