Arraez’s sacrifice fly gives Marlins series sweep vs. Cubs


MIAMI — Luis Arraez hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to give the Miami Marlins a 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs and a sweep of the three-game series.

Jon Berti drew a leadoff walk against reliever Keegan Thompson (1-1) and advanced to third on Jesús Sánchez’s single. Arraez then drove the first pitch from Thompson to deep center to score Berti.

“I was looking for something in the zone,” Arraez said. “I just wanted to hit the ball to the outfield and I did it.”

The 26-year-old, who’s the reigning AL batting champion with Minnesota last season, finished April with an MLB-best .438 average.

“It’s been good because we’ve been winning,” Arraez said of his first month in Miami. “Personally it’s been amazing because I work hard for this and thank God.”

Tanner Scott (2-1) pitched a scoreless eighth around two singles and A.J. Puk closed with a perfect ninth for his fifth save. Garrett Hampson doubled twice for the Marlins, who won their fourth straight and are 10-0 in one-run games.

“What we preach a lot is winning each series,” Marlins manager Skip Schumaker said. “When you come in for a 12 o’clock game, with some guys banged up, spot starter, so to speak, and you can win one of those games, that’s huge for our club.”

The Cubs were 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position. Chicago’s Nico Hoerner singled in the seventh, extending his consecutive games on base streak to 25.

“It’s just part of 162 (games),” Cubs manager David Ross said. “I didn’t think we played bad baseball. We didn’t get the big hit this series, they did. That’s just baseball. They played better than we did this series.”

Justin Steele limited Miami to three runs and seven hits in six innings. It ended the left-hander’s string of 12 consecutive starts of allowing two runs or fewer dating back to July 20, 2022.

Cody Bellinger drove a 2-0 pitch from Marlins reliever Andrew Nardi into the facade in right for his seventh homer in the sixth inning to tie the game at 3.

Two innings earlier, Bellinger hit a game-tying sacrifice fly and Seiya Suzuki tripled after Marlins centerfielder Jazz Chisholm Jr. misjudged the drive that got past his outstretched glove. But Miami retook the lead in the bottom half on Hampson’s RBI double.

Marlins starter Bryan Hoening was lifted after five innings. He allowed two runs and five hits, walked one, struck out four and hit a batter.


Sunday’s attendance of 20,345 was the Marlins’ second largest home crowd of the season. Although a good portion of the crowd favored the Cubs, Schumaker noticed support for the Marlins in critical moments.

“It’s the greatest thing when you can play in front of fans,” Schumaker said. “It got loud there. When Puk came in the ninth, that was exciting. When Arraez got the sac fly, that was exciting and loud. There might have been Cubs fans but it felt it was a home crowd when those two things happened. Really good energy and hopefully we get more of that.”


Chicago’s Patrick Wisdom hit a broken bat single off Scott in the eighth. The path of the splintered bat flew over the infield dirt and landed feet away from the ball in short left.


Marlins: 1B Garrett Cooper exited in the fourth because of an upset stomach. … RHP Tommy Nance (right shoulder strain) scheduled to throw a bullpen Saturday in Jupiter, Florida.


Cubs: LHP Drew Smyly (2-1, 3.21 ERA) will start the opener of a four-game series at Washington on Monday against Nationals LHP MacKenzie Gore (3-1, 3.00).

Marlins: RHP Sandy Alcantara (1-2, 5.04) will start the opener of a three-game home set against Atlanta on Tuesday. The Braves have not announced a starter.

Padres claim 2-time All-Star catcher Gary Sánchez off waivers from Mets

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SAN DIEGO — The scuffling San Diego Padres claimed catcher Gary Sánchez off waivers from the New York Mets.

The two-time All-Star was designated for assignment after playing in three games for the Mets. He went 1 for 6 with three strikeouts and an RBI, looking shaky at times behind the plate.

With the disappointing Padres (24-29) getting meager offensive production at catcher, they hope Sánchez can provide a boost. Austin Nola is batting .131 with three extra-base hits and a paltry .434 OPS in 39 games. His part-time platoon partner, second-stringer Brett Sullivan, is hitting .170 with four extra-base hits and a .482 OPS in 21 games since getting called up from the minors April 16.

Luis Campusano has been on the injured list since April 17 and is expected to be sidelined until around the All-Star break following left thumb surgery.

San Diego is responsible for just over $1 million in salary for Sánchez after assuming his $1.5 million, one-year contract.

The star-studded Padres have lost seven of 11 and are 3-3 on a nine-game East Coast trip. They open a three-game series at Miami.

San Diego becomes the third National League team to take a close look at the 30-year-old Sánchez this season. He spent time in the minors with San Francisco before getting released May 2 and signing a minor league contract a week later with the Mets, who were minus a couple of injured catchers at the time.

After hitting well in a short stint at Triple-A Syracuse, he was promoted to the big leagues May 19. When the Mets reinstated catcher Tomás Nido from the injured list last week, Sánchez was cut.

Sánchez’s best seasons came early in his career with the New York Yankees, where he was runner-up in 2016 AL Rookie of the Year voting and made the AL All-Star team in 2017 and 2019.

He was traded to Minnesota before the 2022 season and batted .205 with 16 homers and 61 RBIs in 128 games last year.

With the Padres, Sánchez could also be a candidate for at-bats at designated hitter, where 42-year-old Nelson Cruz is batting .245 with three homers, 16 RBIs and a .670 OPS, and 37-year-old Matt Carpenter is hitting .174 with four homers, 21 RBIs and a .652 OPS.