After finally breaking out of their season-long offensive funk, the Miami Marlins hope to build off that effort as they open a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs.
The Marlins will try to win consecutive games for the first time and give Kevin Slowey his first win in the majors since 2010 on Thursday night when they host a battle between last-place clubs.
While Miami enters the contest ranked at or near the bottom of the majors in runs (56), home runs (six) and batting average (.221), the team put together a promising performance in an 8-5 win over Minnesota on Tuesday.
The Marlins, last in the NL East at 5-16, matched their season high in runs and doubles (4) and had a season-best 16 hits to gain a split of their day-night doubleheader.
Rob Brantly had three hits and a career-high four RBIs, while Giancarlo Stanton was 2 for 4 and two RBIs to lead the attack.
"We haven't had a game like this yet,'' said Stanton, who entered the game with just one RBI for the season. "It ...