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MIAMI -- Anthony Rizzo, returning to his south Florida roots, blasted two home runs and drove in all four runs to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 4-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Friday night.

Playing before an announced crowd of 16,017 at Marlins Park, Rizzo hit a two-run homer to center in the first inning and a two-run shot to right to help pitcher Scott Feldman gain his first win in his past 11 starts.

Rizzo, who played high school ball about a half-hour drive from Marlins Park at Parkland Douglas, went 3 for 4.

Feldman (1-3) was winless in his last eight starts with the Texas Rangers last season and the same thing happened in his first three outings this year. He was 0-8 during that span.

He was much better against the Marlins before getting in trouble in the seventh, allowing a walk to Rob Brantly, a double to Chris Coghlan and a sacrifice fly to Chris Valaika, making it 4-2.

But with two on and two out, reliever James Russell bailed out Feldman, getting Juan Pierre to fly out to shallow left field.

Shawn Camp pitched a scoreless eighth and Kevin Gregg worked the ninth to pick up his second save.

Rizzo's first home run, which traveled 420 feet, scored leadoff batter Dave Sappelt, who had opened the game with a single to center.

Just like that, three batters into the game, the Cubs had a 2-0 lead against Marlins starter Wade LeBlanc, who has struggled in the first inning all year.

Things got worse for LeBlanc in the third, when Rizzo pulled a pitch down the right-field line for another two-run homer. This shot also scored Sappelt, who had reached on an infield single.

Rizzo's second shot traveled 413 feet in his second two-homer game in the big leagues, matching what he did Sept. 16, 2012, against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Marlins got one run back on a fourth-inning home run by first baseman Joe Mahoney that traveled 423 feet to right field. It was the first career homer for Mahoney, who pulled the pitch into the upper deck.

NOTES: On Thursday afternoon, Cubs manager Dale Sveum said injured third baseman Ian Stewart would have to win his starting job back once he returns from the disabled list. That was a few hours before current third baseman Luis Valbuena hit a ninth-inning home run to help beat the Marlins 4-3. Earlier in the week, Valbuena hit a homer in the 13th inning against the Reds. Valbuena entered Friday hitting .237 with four homers and nine RBI. Stewart was hitting just .083 in four rehab starts at Class AAA Iowa. ... The biggest crowd of the year at Marlins Park was last Saturday, when 40,000 attended a sermon by televangelist Joel Osteen. ... Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis, who has yet to play this year because of a collarbone injury, is hoping to participate in his first rehab game on Wednesday. ... Cubs right-hander Matt Garza, scratched from Wednesday's rehab start because of arm soreness, participated in long toss on Friday. He could get another rehab start next week in hopes of soon rejoining a rotation that entered Friday with a 2.97 ERA, tied for second best in the National League. ... Meanwhile, ESPN's Buster Olney said Garza will be one of baseball's top four candidates to be traded before this summer's deadline. ... Former Cubs star and current Marlins executive Andre Dawson, 58, revealed Thursday that he had battled prostate cancer and is now cancer free.
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