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Lake Hits 2 HRs, Cubs Beat Marlins For 5th Win In Row

Catcher Jeff Mathis gets ready to tag out Anthony Rizzo at home plate. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Catcher Jeff Mathis gets ready to tag out Anthony Rizzo at home plate. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

CHICAGO (AP) — Junior Lake hit two home runs, Emilio Bonifacio added a two-run shot and the Chicago Cubs extended their winning streak to five with a 5-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Saturday.

Jeff Samardzija (2-5) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, striking out eight. Pedro Strop got his second save.

Lake, who has eight homers, had a pair of solo shots for the second multihomer game of his career.

Christian Yelich went 2 for 4 with a homer for the Marlins.

Randy Wolf (1-2) gave up four runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings.

The Marlins struck first when Yelich homered in the third inning for a 1-0 lead.

The Cubs went in front in the bottom half of the inning when Samardzija singled and Bonifacio hammered a 3-2 pitch into the left-field bleachers for a 2-1 lead. It was Bonifacio’s first homer since July 30 last season.

The Cubs stretched the lead to 3-1 in the fifth when Lake hit a long homer into the shrubbery in center field, connecting with a 79 mph changeup on a 2-1 count.

Miami got to 3-2 in the sixth when Giancarlo Stanton doubled with one out, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Casey McGehee’s groundout to first base.

The Cubs got a run back in the bottom half when Castro led off with a double, advanced to third on a fly out and scored when Wolf threw a wild pitch with Mike Olt at the plate.

Lake bumped the lead to 5-2 an inning later when he went deep for the second time in the game on a line drive to left against reliever Chris Hatcher.

NOTES: Cubs LHP Zac Rosscup (left shoulder soreness) began his rehab assignment with Class AAA Iowa Saturday. He has been on the disabled list since May 10. . Miami manager Mike Redmond said C Jarrod Saltalamacchia (concussion) has not participated in baseball activities since being hit on his catching mask by a foul tip on May 31 and that it was likely Saltalamacchia would be sent to the 15-day disabled list. . RHP Jake Arrieta (1-1, 3.00 ERA) will face RHP Henderson Alvarez (3-3, 2.62) Sunday in the finale of the 3-game series. Alvarez’s three wins are all shutouts.

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