The defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs pounded the Miami Marlins 11-1 at Marlins Park on Thursday night. It was the first game of a four-game series between both clubs.
Chicago(37-35) got out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Jake Arrieta knocked in Addison Russell with an infield hit. The Cubbies would get another run on a ground out by Mark Zagunis.
Miami(32-39) closed the gap in the bottom of the second. Marcell Ozuna hit a solo homer to left field on a 3-0 count for his 20th home run of the season.
In the fourth inning, Kris Bryant extended the Cubs margin to 5-1 on a three-run homer to left on a 3-1 pitch. Arrieta and Anthony Rizzo scored in front of him on the play.
The Cubs got a solo home run from Russell in the fifth and a two-run homer from Wilson Contreras in the sixth inning to make it 8-1.
The Marlins surrendered three more runs in the top of the eighth. Russell drove in Rizzo with a double into deep right field. Ian Happ later doubled to right which brought in Bryant and Russell.