Bellinger, Canario HRs help Chicago Cubs past Marlins 5-3

Cody Bellinger and Alexander Canario homered and the Chicago Cubs defeated the Miami Marlins 5-3 on Saturday night to earn a split of the day-night doubleheader.

In the opener, Bryan De La Cruz hit a two-run homer off Adbert Alzolay in the ninth inning, and the Marlins defeated the Cubs 3-2.

Shota Imanaga (3-0) gave up three runs, two of them earned, in six innings in the nightcap for the Cubs, who have won six of their last seven games. Imanaga’s scoreless streak that started his Major League career ended in the fourth inning at 18 2/3 innings.

Héctor Neris worked around a single in the ninth inning and picked up his first save in two chances.

Josh Bell homered for the Marlins, whose overall record fell to 5-17.

The Cubs trailed 3-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning and rallied, scoring four runs. Canario connected on a 400-foot drive to left field for his first home run of the season, chasing Roddery Muñoz and pulling the Cubs within one. Michael Busch followed with a two-run single off Anthony Bender (0-1). Busch, who was acquired in a trade with Los Angeles in January, has gone 19 for 51 in his last 14 games.

Bellinger hit a solo shot off Muñoz in the first inning for a 1-0 Cubs lead in the nightcap. Muñoz struckout seven in five innings and allowed two runs and two hits in his big league debut.

Bell reached on shortstop Nico Hoerner’s fielding error and scored on Tim Anderson’s double off Imanaga to tie the score in the fourth. Jazz Chisholm Jr. then singled to give the Marlins the lead.

Bell hit a solo shot in the sixth off Imanaga, who signed a four-year, $53 million contract with the Cubs in January.

Luis Arraez had three basehits for Miami in the first game. He singled with one out in the ninth, and De La Cruz followed with a drive to left-center for his fifth home run, having also gone deep in each of his previous two games.

Manager Skip Schumaker said the Marlins planned to make a run for De La Cruz if he got on base. De La Cruz didn’t like that idea and offered an alternative.

“I told them, ‘What do you mean by a pinch runner? I’m going to hit a homer here. You don’t have to do that,'” De La Cruz said through an interpreter.

It was the fourth save in seven chances for Alzolay (1-2).

“We need Adbert to come out,” manager Craig Counsell said. “Wherever it is, we need Adbert to be an effective member of the bullpen. I strongly believe he will be.”

Calvin Faucher (1-0) struck out four in two scoreless innings, and TannerScott earned his third save.

Patrick Wisdom hit a two-run triple and Hoerner had two hits for the Cubs.

De La Cruz hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

The doubleheader was scheduled after rain postponed Thursday’s series opener.

Anderson, a two-time All-Star during eight seasons with the White Sox, went 1 for 5 Saturday while drawing boos.


Marlins: LHP AJ Puk (left shoulder fatigue) was placed on the 15-day injured list and RHP Kyle Tyler transferred from Triple-A Jacksonville. LHP Josh Simpson was transferred to the 60-day injured list.

Cubs: OF Ian Happ (left hamstring tightness) was out of the lineup for both games. He left after six innings on Friday.


RHP Edward Cabrera (0-0, 1.50 ERA) will start for Miami in Sunday’s series finale against the Cubs and RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-2, 12.71).