MIAMI (AP) –David Bote hit a game-tying home run in the seventh inning, then added a sacrificial fly in the eighth that lifted the Chicago Cubs against the Miami Marlins 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Esteban Quiroz had the first two hits of his major league career and PJ Higgins also had two hits for the Cubs, who went on a three-game losing skid. Quiroz, 30, was promoted from Triple-A on Saturday.
Chicago charged the no-hitter no-hitter in the eighth against reliever Steven Okert (5-3).
Michael Hermosillo was hit by a pitch and Zach McKinstry hit a sacrificial bunt when catcher Jacob Stallings pitched late at second. Quiroz had a bunt single and Bote hit a go-ahead flyball.
Adbert Alzolay (1-1) threw two sets of perfect relief. Brandon Hughes finished with a scoreless ninth around Garrett Cooper’s starting brace for his sixth save.
Miami starter Pablo López kept the Cubs scoreless until Bote’s first homer in game seven tied it at 1. Bote drove López’s fastball over the wall to left center for his third circuit.
López’s one-run outing ended after 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander allowed five hits and hit a batter.
Jordan Groshan’s two-out RBI fielding single against Adrian Sampson in the second put Miami ahead. Bote dived and deflected the hard ground to third base, but couldn’t recover it to send out Groshan as JJ Bleday scored from third base.
Sampson completed six one-run innings. He allowed eight hits, walked one and struck out three.
SOMETHING MUST GIVE
Both clubs have lost six of their last seven series comprising at least three games. The Marlins also lost a two-game set to Tampa Bay and shared a two-game double against Texas.
Cubs: LHP Drew Smyly (armrest) will have his next outing likely moved to Friday. Smyly was originally scheduled to start the series finale against Miami on Wednesday.
Marlins: INF Joey Wendle (pain) missed his second straight game.
RHP Marcus Stroman (4-7, 3.76) will start for the Cubs on Wednesday while the Marlins will go with LHP Jesús Luzardo (3-7, 3.75).