MIAMI — Hanley Ramirez homered for the third game in a row, Mark Buehrle pitched eight innings for his first victory with Miami and the Marlins beat the slumping Chicago Cubs 9-1 on Wednesday night.
Ramirez put the Marlins up 4-0 with a two-run homer in the fifth inning. He started the season slowly, but in the past four games has gone 9 for 16 with nine RBIs to hike his average from .133 to .283.
Ramirez now has four homers after hitting only 10 last year, when he struggled with injuries and a prolonged slump.
Buehrle (1-2) allowed one run and six hits in his first start at Marlins Park. He also had an RBI single, only the sixth career hit for the longtime American Leaguer.
Matt Garza (1-1) lasted only five-plus frames for the Cubs, allowing seven hits and six runs.