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Marlins chase Maddux in fourth inning

CHICAGO (AP) -- Run support was not an issue for A.J. Burnett
this time.

The Florida Marlins gave the right-hander plenty Wednesday,
routing the Chicago Cubs 15-5 in their highest scoring game of the

Carlos Delgado, Miguel Cabrera, Juan Encarnacion and Luis
Castillo homered, and Juan Pierre and Paul Lo Duca each had four of
the Marlins' season-high 20 hits. Pierre also stole two bases.

"Just got the results today," said Pierre, who hit .205 in his
previous 33 games. "Every day, I go out work the same way and try
to have the same approach. I got [two] bunt base hits. ... I
probably remained a little more relaxed at the plate."

Delgado's three-run homer capped a six-run fourth inning that
made it 8-0, knocked out Greg Maddux and made it an easy afternoon
for Burnett.

Burnett (4-4) pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed five runs -- all
in the seventh -- for his first victory since beating Philadelphia
on April 29. He was 0-3 in seven starts since then despite a 3.63
ERA during that stretch.

"They gave me a big enough lead where I could afford to screw
up in the seventh," Burnett said.

Maddux (5-4) saw his three-game winning streak end. He lasted
just 3 2-3 innings and allowed seven runs, his worst outing since
giving up seven earned runs to the White Sox last June 27.

"It was one of the few times that he didn't have his control
and his location," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "Just chalk it
up as one of the few bad days you'll see him have."

It was Maddux's shortest outing since April 12, 2004, when he
lasted 3 2/3 innings against Pittsburgh.

"I made a lot of bad pitches that got hit hard, and I made some
pretty good ones that got hit, too," Maddux said.

Especially in the fourth.

With two outs, Pierre hit a two-run double that made it 4-0 and
Cabrera had an RBI single. Todd Wellemeyer relieved with runners on
first and third, and Delgado hit the first pitch for his 14th home

In the bottom of the seventh, Jeromy Burnitz hit a three-run
homer, and the next batter, Aramis Ramirez, chased Burnett with a

The teams spent the series bludgeoning each other, with the
Marlins winning 9-1 in the opener, and the Cubs cruising 14-0 on

"It's been a crazy series," Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee
said. "I'm glad it's over with -- get out of here, go on the road
and start playing some better baseball."

Cabrera gave the Marlins a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer in the
first, after Pierre led off the game with a bunt single.

"First at-bat of the game, that set the whole tone," Lo Duca

Burnett said, "It put pressure on them early in the game. I
think everybody just got comfortable. You don't get 20 hits as a
team [every day], but it's good to enjoy them when you have them --
especially coming into Wrigley and winning a series."

In his previous four starts, Burnett lasted at least six innings
and did not allow more than three runs.

"He usually pitches with a one-run lead or down by one; we
never really score for him," Pierre said. "Today we did, and he
did the rest. ... He always go deep into the sixth or seventh
inning and something weird always happens."

Florida won for the fifth time in eight games.

"Hopefully, this trip is a turning point we can look at," Lo
Duca said.

Game notes
Delgado extended his hitting streak to 11 games. ...
Encarnacion broke an 0-for-13 streak with his two-run homer in the
fifth. ... The Cubs optioned LHP John Koronka to Triple-A Iowa and
called up LHP Rich Hill. They waived RHP David Crouthers. Hill made
his major league debut, allowing two runs in an inning of relief.
Koronka was 1-2 with a 7.63 ERA in three starts, while Crouthers,
acquired in the Sammy Sosa trade with Baltimore, had not appeared
in a game.