MIAMI (AP) – Derrek Lee hit his 27th homer and drove in four runs, Greg Maddux allowed four hits in eight innings, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Florida Marlins 9-2 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

Chicago had lost eight in a row entering the series before getting its third series sweep of the season. The Cubs’ last sweep was May 29-June 1, when they took three in a row in Los Angeles during their season-high, seven-game winning streak.

Lee hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth and homered for the second straight game after missing three straight starts with left shoulder irritation. He added an RBI double in the ninth for his 72nd RBI.

Maddux (8-6) bounced back from a pair of losses with the best of his 19 starts this season. He had allowed 11 runs over 11 innings in his last two outings, and had not gone beyond six innings in his previous eight starts.

The four-time Cy Young winner had three strikeouts and no walks.

Al Leiter (3-7) allowed six hits and six runs – five earned – in three-plus innings. Carlos Delgado hit a two-run homer in the ninth, his team-leading 18th, off Glendon Rusch.

The Cubs scored three in third on Jeromy Burnitz’s bases-loaded walk and Neifi Perez’s two-run single.

Chicago added three more in the fourth. Maddux led off with the first of his two singles and Jerry Hairston walked. Todd Walker hit a grounder which struck first baseman Delgado’s glove and went through his legs to load the bases.

Lee hit a sacrifice fly off rookie Chris Resop to make it 4-0 and Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run double to increase the Cubs’ lead to 6-0.

Lee, the former Marlins first baseman, connected for a two-run shot in the sixth off Nate Bump to make it 8-0 and drew cheers from the crowd of 20,267 when he hit a run-scoring double to the left-field corner in the ninth off Randy Messenger.

Notes: Cubs rookie Adam Greenberg was unavailable for the game after being hit in the head by the first pitch he faced in the major leagues in the ninth inning of Saturday’s 8-2 loss. Greenberg had a precautionary CT scan which did not reveal any significant injury. … Marlins RF Juan Encarnacion did not start for the second straight game after being hit by a pitch Friday on the left forearm, just above the wrist.

AP-ES-07-10-05 1647EDT


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