Originally posted on MarlinsBaseball.com  |  Last updated 7/19/12

The Miami Marlins lost a rain-shortened game to the Chicago Cubs 5-1 on Wednesday.   After waiting an hour and 17 minutes, the umpires decided to call it a day one inning after the Cubs had taken their four run lead.   The loss ended a two game winning streak for Miami and dropped them back to three games under .500 on the year.

Josh Johnson was brilliant for six innings but faltered in the seventh allowing three runs, before being lifted by manager Ozzie Guillen.    The loss was charged to Johnson to drop him to 5-7.   The Marlins’ longtime ace looked like his old self striking out five while allowing only one hit deep into the game.    Mike Dunn finished the seventh inning allowing an additional run along the way.   That would be the end of the pitching side for Miami as the game was called in the top of the eighth due to a storm in Chicago.

The Marlins jumped out to a one run lead in the third inning when Jose Reyes hit his fourth home run of the season.   The blast which turned out to be the lone run for Miami was a line drive to right field.   Emilio Bonifacio would flirt with the cycle, coming only a home run short of the feat.   The Marlins remain one of only two teams in Major League Baseball without a cycle in their history.

Miami will look to win the series on Thursday in a game they hope is played to completion this time around.   Paul Maholm is set to face the Marlins while Mark Buehrle will make his return to Chicago, this time on the North side.

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