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Cubs score in first inning again
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10/10/2003  9:15 PM ET 
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Kenny Lofton is congratulated by Moises Alou after scoring in the first inning. (AP Photo)
MIAMI -- The Chicago Cubs aren't leaving anything to chance in this NLCS with the Florida Marlins. They are getting their work done early by scoring runs in the first inning.

Friday, they got on the board in the top of the first inning at pro Player Stadium on a Kenny Lofton single and a Sammy Sosa RBI-single off the wall, to the delight of the mixed crowd.

As during the NL Division Series against the Atlanta Braves, the Cubs fans were out in force Friday with their jerseys, hats and T-shirts proclaiming their allegience to their beloved Cubbies.

The Cubs have drawn first blood in six of their eight playoff games this postseason. More importantly, they have scored in the first inning of all three LCS contests against Florida.

In Game 1, they scored four runs in the first inning on a walk by Lofton, two triples by Mark Grudzielanek and Randall Simon and a Moises Alou home run off Marlins starter Josh Beckett.

Game 2 saw them score twice on two singles by Grudzielanek and Simon and two walks by Sosa and Aramis Ramirez.

The Cubs did not score in the first inning of Games 1 and 4 of the NLDS. The pro-Cubs sentiments were expressed with several chants of "Let's go Cubs" during Chicago at-bats and cheers of put-outs when the Marlins put the ball in play.

Amy Sternig is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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