For 40 games this season it felt like the Marlins were living a charmed life -- 13 come-from-behind wins, 12 one-run wins and a 24-16, franchise-best matching start.

After back-to-back losses at home against the lowly Cubs (to starting pitchers with ERAs well above 7.00), the charm may be wearing off a bit. The Marlins stranded 22 runners in the series and were 1-for-9 Thursday with runners in scoring position, a continuing trend that wasn't a problem early on this season. The Marlins, who came in hitting .266 with runners in scoring position (Ninth best in the majors), have gone 9-for-54 with RISP since leaving for Washington last week (.166).

So is another potential shake up to the lineup in store? "At this point I have to sit down and think about that one," Rodriguez said after Thursday's loss. "The best three hitters are in the middle of the order. [Emilio] Bonifacio might be leading off but where are we going to play Boni? It's a matter of [Chris] Coghlan and Hanley [Ramirez] swinging the bat better. If we want to win those two guys have to start swinging the bat better."

Thursday, Ramirez picked up two hits, his second straight game with two base knocks. Coghlan finished 0-for-5. Since taking himself out of the lineup April 27 against the Dodgers with a shoulder injury, Coghlan has gone just 13 for his last 77, dropping his average all the way down to .238.

VOLSTAD IS HEALTHY: For those of you wondering why Marlins right-hander Chris Volstad was taken out after just five innings and 71 pitches Thursday, Rodriguez was simply his way of trying to find some offense.

"At that point we had only one or two hits," Rodriguez said. "It was a tough call for me. He was throwing the ball good, keeping us in the game. But we were looking for offense."

Scott Cousins, who went in to pinch hit for Volstad to open the bottom of the fifth, struck out. He's now hitting .167 on the season.