Josh Beckett allowed four runs and left after 5 1/3 innings with the same finger blister that has plagued him throughout his career. Meanwhile, the Marlins mustered just five hits and were unable to hold off the destructive Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Sergio Mitre went the distance and blanked the Marlins on five hits, while the Cubs pounded out 18 hits to back him. Aramis Ramirez clubbed two home runs, Michael Barrett hit a three-run shot and Derrek Lee went 4-for-5 with his 18th homer of the season.
WP: De Los Santos. Pitches-strikes: Beckett 81-48, Smith 30-18, De Los Santos 11-6, Bentz 18-14, Riedling 5-4, Mitre 99-73. Ground outs-fly outs: Beckett 9-3, Smith 2-1, De Los Santos 0-2, Bentz 0-1, Riedling 1-0, Mitre 18-6. Batters faced: Beckett 21, Smith 9, De Los Santos 2, Bentz 7, Riedling 2, Mitre 30. Inherited runners-scored: De Los Santos 1-0, Riedling 1-0. Umpires: HP: Bruce Froemming. 1B: Hunter Wendelstedt. 2B: Jerry Meals. 3B: Mike Winters. Weather: 72 degrees, clear. Wind: 17 mph, Out to RF. T: 2:28. Att: 38,887.
Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner