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September 5, 2013

Cubs hit four HRs, power past Marlins 9-7

CHICAGO (AP) — Donnie Murphy has thrived in late-game situations over the last month.

Murphy capped a four-run seventh inning with a two-run homer as the Chicago Cubs rallied for a 9-7 victory over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday.

Since joining the Cubs in early August, Murphy is hitting nearly .400 from the seventh inning on and Wednesday's home run was his sixth in the seventh inning or later.

"I've come through in those situations before and for some reason I'm comfortable in 'em," he said. "I just like the situation. I like the game on the line. It's not pressure on me. Someone else has to throw the pitch over the plate. It's pressure on them sometimes and I just like the situation."

Murphy has been one of the few bright spots for the Cubs in an otherwise dismal second half. Since being called up from the minors in early August, he's been one of the team's best hitters and certainly the best clutch hitter. Not bad for a guy who essentially was on baseball's scrapheap this season after bouncing around for much of his career since making his major league debut in 2004.

"Throughout the rest of his major league career, he's been hurt and on the (disabled list) and never really got a chance," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said of Murphy. "He's obviously getting a chance here and is making the most of it."

The Cubs certainly made the most of some shaky pitching by the Marlins. Rookie left-hander Brian Flynn lasted just four-plus inning in his debut, giving up three runs on six hits. The bullpen was worse and couldn't protect 6-3 and 7-4 leads.

"They've been pretty consistent for us all year, but today wasn't one of our better days," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said of his bullpen.

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