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Miami Marlins top Chicago Cubs in playoff opener

Miami Marlins designated hitter Jesus Aguilar (24) celebrates with Starling Marte (6) after hitting a two-run home run against the Chicago Cubs in the seventh inning of their NL Wild Card Series game Wednesday at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/UPI
Miami Marlins designated hitter Jesus Aguilar (24) celebrates with Starling Marte (6) after hitting a two-run home run against the Chicago Cubs in the seventh inning of their NL Wild Card Series game Wednesday at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Corey Dickerson blasted a three-run home run in the seventh inning to guide the Miami Marlins to a 5-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday in Game 1 of their NL Wild Card Series.

Jesus Aguilar also homered and starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara pitched three-hit ball into the seventh as the Marlins won their first postseason game since winning the World Series in 2003. The Marlins, who rallied past the Cubs in the NLCS that year, have never lost a postseason series in their 28-year history.

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The Marlins -- an unlikely playoff team after losing 105 games last season -- were one of the first MLB teams to deal with a coronavirus outbreak earlier this season. Dickerson said all the adversity helped turn them into a better team.

"We don't care about who's the hero," Dickerson said. "We want to pass the bat to the next guy. ... We don't care. We want to cheer for one another, play for one another. That's what makes this game fun."

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The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth when Ian Happ belted a homer to left field. Dickerson's three-run shot in the seventh gave the Marlins the lead for good, and Aguilar's two-run blast later in the inning clinched the victory.



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Alcantara (1-0) allowed three hits and one earned run across 6 2/3 innings to earn the win. He also recorded four strikeouts and had three walks.

Kyle Hendricks (0-1) got the start for the Cubs and gave up three earned runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings. He had three strikeouts and three walks.

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Game 2 of the best-of-three-series is Thursday. Yu Darvish is projected to start for the Cubs, and rookie right-hander Sixto Sanchez gets the ball for Miami.

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Miami Marlins players pose for a picture after defeating the Chicago Cubs 2-0 in the National League Wild Card Game to win their first playoff series in 17 years in Chicago on Friday. Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/UPI | License Photo

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