Garrett Cooper's late home run backs up pitching, helps Marlins advance past Cubs and into NLDS

CHICAGO — Garrett Cooper, with a 2-2 count and two outs against National League Cy Young Award contender Yu Darvish in the seventh inning, gave the Miami Marlins the clutch hit they needed Friday as they tried to close out a first-round playoff sweep.He turned on an 82.9-mph slider that caused the visitor’s dugout to erupt amid the silence of an empty Wrigley Field. The celebration continued as the ball dropped 370 feet from home plate and into the left-field seats.It started the latest two-out rally for the Marlins this season. This time, though, it led Miami to a wild-card series-clinching 2…

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