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Chicago Cubs use early home runs to sink the Marlins, 3-1

Jun 5, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (17) hits a two run home run during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 5, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (17) hits a two run home run during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago Cubs used home runs from Kris Bryant and Albert Almora into a strong Wrigley wind to beat the Miami Marlins, 3-1 on Monday night.

The Chicago Cubs took a look at the stiff wind blowing in off the lake and said: “eh, no problem.” Kris Bryant crushed a two-run shot into the seats in the first as that’s all the Cubs would need as they downed the Miami Marlins, 3-1. Eddie Butler pitched a strong 5 2/3 innings to pick up the win.

With the wind blowing in, it didn’t look promising for the Cubs (28-27) to use the long ball to their advantage. But that’s what they did as Bryant hit a no-doubter in the first inning off of Marlins (24-31) starter and former Cub Dan Straily (4-4, 3.59). It was Bryant’s third home run off Straily in his career.

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Butler (3-1, 3.75) was cruising right along, allowing just three hits. A leadoff double by J.T. Riddle in the sixth inning was manufactured into a sac fly RBI for Dee Gordon off of Mike Montogomery for the Marlins only run of the night.

Just to be safe, Albert Almora added a solo shot in the fourth inning to give the Cubs the 3-0 lead in a very quick paced game. Montgomery worked the last 3 1/3 innings to pick up the save.

Pitching for a spot?

Butler needs to continue to pitch well, especially with Brian Anderson beginning his rehab work soon. His effort tonight took a big step towards that as he threw just 65 pitches in his 5 2/3 innings of work. He showed complete control of the strike zone as he struck out four while walking just one.

What’s next

The Cubs will face the Marlins again tomorrow night as Jake Arrieta will take the mound against Jeff Locke. First pitch is set for another 7:05 p.m. CT start at Wrigley Field.

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