Cubs Split With Dodgers, Maintain Lead In Division

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Cubs Split With Dodgers, Maintain Lead In Division

The Cubs have been able to keep their longest losing streaks at two games this season, and the trend continued on Sunday.

The Cubs got a solid six-and-one-third innings out of Jason Marquis on Sunday in Los Angeles to earn a 3-1 victory and split in the series. After giving up a leadoff single to Juan Pierre, Marquis retired 19 of the next 20 batters while only allowing three hits and one run.

Mark DeRosa led the Cubs offense with three hits, including a solo home run and an RBI single. DeRosa is hitting .303 this season with eight home runs and 34 RBI. 

Carlos Marmol was also lights out after coming in and relieving Jason Marquis in the seventh. 

Marmol has been a solid bridge for the Cubs to Kerry Wood this season. Marmol has a 2.25 ERA with 60 strikeouts and three saves.

Wood came in and retired the side in the ninth for his National League-leading 18th save of the season. 

The Cubs will return home and face the Braves, opening on Tuesday when Ted Lilly faces Tom Glavine. The Braves are without John Smoltz, who was lost for the season to shoulder surgery last week.

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