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Dobbs plates a pair of runs with a double

MIAMI -- A quick turnaround didn't slow down the surging Marlins.

Ricky Nolasco minimized the damage in 5 1/3 innings, while driving in a run, and Greg Dobbs delivered a two-run double in Miami's 5-3 comeback victory over the Chicago Cubs in front of 23,168 at Marlins Park on Thursday afternoon.

Because of their retractable roof, the Marlins are able to play early afternoon games on getaway day. After claiming a 9-1 win on Wednesday night, Miami got off to a quick start in the series finale, and they put the finishing touches on a three-game sweep and a four-game winning streak.

Nolasco (2-0) scattered eight hits while allowing three runs, as he notched his 66th career win. The right-hander is two victories shy of Dontrelle Willis' franchise mark of 68.

The benefits of the new ballpark came into play. The roof was shut on an 82-degree afternoon, and the players have peace of mind, knowing games will be played without weather interruptions. Rarely would a mid-April game be played in the daytime at the Marlins old home, Sun Life Stadium.

"Night and day difference from Sun Life," Nolasco said. "Makes a big difference with the roof. The crowd was into it with two strikes. We've been waiting for this stadium, and we finally get it. Now that energy is definitely helping us."

Thursday was another well-rounded team effort for the Marlins, even though Hanley Ramirez had his string of three straight games with a home run come to an end.

"I think those guys out there are little hungry," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "They're young. They know they're going to play every day. I don't want any excuses about when they're going to get here and when they're going to play. There are two teams out there.

"This is a big win today, because it's an early day. I think everybody is chipping in and playing well."

Heath Bell locked down the ninth inning, retiring the side in order, while striking out two. The hard-throwing right-hander collected his second save in four chances.

Guillen maneuvered five relievers to toss 3 2/3 scoreless and hitless innings. Mike Dunn, Ryan Webb, Randy Choate and Edward Mujica combined to not allow a baserunner, bridging the lead for Bell in the ninth.

"We know, as long as we're pounding the strike zone, we have enough good arms and we throw good enough pitches to get people out," Bell said. "Any championship-quality team has a great bullpen. I feel like we do."

The Marlins completed a 5-1 homestand by being able to knock Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija, who was struck in the throwing hand by a Logan Morrison liner in the fourth inning, out after 3 2/3 innings.

Dobbs' two-run double highlighted a three-run Miami third inning.

Sending nine to the plate, Ramirez got the rally started with a bunt single and stolen base. Morrison walked, and Dobbs drove in two with his double. Nolasco chipped in with an RBI single, after Brett Hayes was intentionally walked.

A key bench player, Dobbs got the start because Guillen pledges to give his bench opportunities in order for them to stay sharp.

"Coming into this, I knew [Guillen] was a manager who understood that," said Dobbs, who started at first base in place of Gaby Sanchez. "Even though he was coming in from the American League, he understands the National League style. He understands how to keep his bench guys fresh. I'm just really happy he put me in the lineup today."

The Marlins made Samardzija work in the first inning, scoring twice while running the right-hander's pitch count to 32.

With one out, Emilio Bonifacio walked and stole second. A single by Ramirez put runners on the corners, and Morrison's RBI single opened the scoring. Giancarlo Stanton drove in a run with a groundout to short.

"What you can't do is put those speed guys on the bags for free," Samardzija said. "You've got to make them earn it. Kudos to them -- they made me work all day."

After the Cubs stranded a runner on third in the first inning, they cashed in with three runs in the second on Darwin Barney's bases-loaded triple.

Nolasco got into an early jam by issuing a leadoff walk to Bryan LaHair and a single to Geovany Soto. Regrouping, Nolasco was a pitch away from escaping with no runs. He had two strikes on David DeJesus, who worked a walk to fill the bases. Barney lined a triple down the right-field line, clearing the bases.

"We're starting to swing the bats," Nolasco said. "We're putting together better at-bats. We're starting to pitch better.

"I didn't do a good job of going deeper into the game, but sometimes that's going to happen. You just battle. Everyone is starting to click right now. Hopefully, we can carry this over into Washington." Comments