Give Buehrle an assist for Thursday’s win

Much of the credit in Miami’s 5-3 win over the Cubs on Thursday afternoon goes to the bullpen.

Five relievers didn’t allow a hit or walk in 4 2/3 scoreless innings.

The group effort picked up after Ricky Nolasco, who executed enough quality pitches to minimize damage in 5 1/3 innings. But in the sixth, Nolasco was lifted.

Mike Dunn, Ryan Webb, Randy Choate, Edward Mujica and Heath Bell were able to slam the door shut on the Marlins’ first sweep of the season.

While the pen did their part, also give an assist to Mark Buehrle for Thursday’s effort.

What the Marlins saw on Thursday is how strong starting pitching from the night before can help the team the next day.

Because Buehrle worked eight impressive innings on Wednesday night, the bullpen was fresh for the quick turnaround game at Marlins Park.

Miami went from playing at night on Wednesday to a 12:40 p.m. ET start on Thursday.

“That was pretty important, what Buehrle did,” Mujica said. “We got very good rest.”

For the most part, Miami’s starting pitchers have been doing a good job logging innings. Marlins starters have tossed 79 2/3 innings, which is the fourth most in the National League.

Earlier in the week, the Marlins’ bullpen was tapped out in the series finale against the Astros. On Sunday, Chad Gaudin was the lone reliever left, and he had to hit for himself in the 10th inning because no other pitcher was available.

Gaudin worked three innings that day, and Miami ended up winning in the 11th.

So getting eight innings from Buehrle helped the bullpen regroup to close out the Cubs.

“That’s important for the bullpen, because a couple of days ago, before we had the day off [Monday], everybody was down the last game against the Astros,” Mujica said. “We had like four guys down in the bullpen, because we pitched like three or four days in a row.”

Joe Frisaro

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