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Castillo ends slump, lifts Cubs past Marlins

Cubs 3, Marlins 0: Frank Castillo snapped a personal three-game losing streak and had a run-scoring single and a run scored as host Chicago defeated Florida Tuesday. Castillo (2-4) allowed five hits, two walks and struck out five over 7 innings. Florida's Charlie Hough (3-7) gave up seven hits and struck out five in seven innings. The Cubs took the lead in the second inning when Sammy Sosa led off with a walk and went to third on a single by Rey Sanchez. Sosa scored when Castillo beat shortstop Alex Arias' throw for an infield single. Rick Wilkins doubled with one out in the fourth and scored on Sanchez's second single. Castillo added his second single in the seventh, scoring from first when leftfielder Greg Briley dropped Dwight Smith's fly ball. The Marlins twice wasted leadoff doubles. Briley doubled in the second and reached third on an infield out. But Castillo struck out Hough and then, after walking Chuck Carr, got Bret Barberie to fly out. In the seventh, Junior Felix opened with a double and got to third with two outs. But Castillo retired Arias on a fly ball. One inning later, consecutive singles by Carr and Barberie finished Castillo. Paul Assenmacher retired Dave Magadan on a fly ball and Bob Scanlan got Jeff Conine on a ground ball, ending the threat. Randy Myers pitched the ninth for his 20th save in 21 opportunities.

Late Monday

Dodgers 9, Rockies 4: After a controversial Sunday in San Diego, where his team's victory took a back seat to a busted water cooler, manager Tom Lasorda took his show on the road to Mile High Stadium, where he was hoping to get a respite. But the questioning before Los Angeles' victory over Colorado continued to focus on Lasorda's latest soap opera _ "All My Outfielders," starring a happy-go-lucky player named "Corndog" and a $20.25-million frustrated understudy named Darryl Strawberry. "Can't we quit talking about who I am going to play where and talk about something else?" Lasorda asked reporters. "We played a great game Sunday and all I hear is you ask is whether Darryl (Strawberry) is going to play or not." Lasorda, who said he is frustrated with all the questions about Strawberry's frustration, started Cory "Corndog" Snyder in leftfield and returned Strawberry to rightfield _ each without incident. It was the first time Strawberry has played rightfield since he returned from the disabled list June 5, and he played it aggressively. "I've just got to put (Strawberry) out there," Lasorda said. "He's the kind of guy who is capable of hitting so well he can carry a club. Darryl feels more comfortable in rightfield and "Corndog' says he doesn't care where he plays." Strawberry, who was scheduled to start in rightfield Sunday, vented his frustration when he was scratched after he arrived on the team bus instead of arriving earlier as required to undergo his daily therapy program for his surgically repaired back. Strawberry completed his therapy program anyway, then went out to the dugout to check when he would take batting practice. But when he saw he wasn't hitting in the starter's group, he hit the water cooler with his bat, scattering ice and water everywhere. More mad than frustrated was Fred Claire, the team's executive vice president, who laid down the law to Strawberry Sunday in a closed-door meeting. Strawberry went 0-for-3 with two walks in Monday night's game, but afterward said he was just happy to be out there. "I've got a long way to go, but everybody else is playing well and hopefully I'll just slide my way in." Pedro Astacio held the Rockies to four runs and seven hits through seven innings. Jody Reed went 4-for-4, including a two-run home run in the fourth inning off Rockies starter Willie Blair (2-4).

Around the league

Pirates: Outfielder William Pennyfeather and first baseman-outfielder Ben Shelton were called up from Triple-A Buffalo to replace Andy Van Slyke and Glenn Wilson. Van Slyke broke his right collarbone after crashing into the wall Monday at St. Louis. He will be out six to eight weeks. Wilson was designated for assignment or release.

Phillies: Third baseman Dave Hollins underwent surgery to remove a fractured bone fragment from his right hand. He will be sidelined four to six weeks.

Expos: Pitcher Ken Hill will miss tonight's scheduled start against Philadelphia because of a strained right groin.

Mets: The club reclaimed infielder Fernando Vina, who was waived by Seattle. Vina was claimed from New York by the Mariners in last winter's draft.