Benches clear before Marlins beat Cubs 7-3

By STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer

MIAMI (AP) - A bench-clearing confrontation led by injured Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez and Chicago Cubs outfielder Junior Lake ended in a standoff.

The game went to Miami.

Giancarlo Stanton and Jeff Baker hit back-to-back homers for the second time in five days, and the Marlins showed lots of life after two months of often desultory play, beating Chicago 7-3 Wednesday night.

The Marlins won their second series in a row after a stretch in which they lost 11 of 13 games and fired manager Mike Redmond.

Miami's feistiness didn't end with the confrontation. New manager Dan Jennings was ejected in the seventh inning for arguing a call on a checked swing.

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