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Nolasco Sharp; Marlins Down Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) -- Ricky Nolasco pitched seven sharp innings, and Cody Ross and Gaby Sanchez homered as the Florida Marlins defeated the Chicago Cubs 3-2 Tuesday night.

Nolasco (3-2), a former Cubs farmhand, allowed one run on five hits for the Marlins, who have won two straight after losing five of its six previous games. Nolasco, who was traded for Juan Pierre in 2005, struck out three and walked one.

Leo Nunez pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save in nine opportunities.

Chicago lost for the seventh time in eight games and tied a season high with its fourth straight loss.

Cubs starter Randy Wells (3-2) pitched eight strong innings, allowing three runs on four hits. He struck out eight and walked one.

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