Before the first night game at Wrigley Field in 1988, Cubs pitcher Rick Sutcliffe said the moment would live forever.

"It's history," Sutcliffe said. "You know there's going to be a World Series X, World Series XI and so on. There's only going to be one of these. This is it."

There hasn't been a World Series X or XI in the 25 years of night games at Wrigley, or even a World Series I for that matter.

In fact, the argument Cubs management made in the late '80s that the team needed lights to win has yet to be proved true.

After Tuesday's 6-3 victory over the Brewers in the first night game of the 2013 season, the Cubs are one game above .500 in their home night history, with no pennants and only four division titles.

But for the struggling Cubs, Tuesday's triumph was big for several reasons.

It ended a four-game losing streak, showed they can get clutch hits in late innings and gave Carlos Marmol a shot of much-needed redemption after his demotion as closer.

After Anthony Rizzo's RBI double in the seventh tied the game 3-3, manager Dale Sveum called on Marmol to preserve the tie. On Monday, Sveum had said he would use Marmol when the Cubs were trailing in games.

But Shawn Camp wasn't available, so Sveum gave Marmol a chance in a pressure situation.

"We're still in one of them things just getting him in a lot more comfortable situations where you don't have to get the last three outs," Sveum said.

Marmol gave up a two-out triple before Starlin Castro made a diving stop to throw out Yuniesky Betancourt.

"I put in my mind, any ball hit to me I have to catch it and get the out," Castro said. "If that run scores, maybe we lose. It's really important because he needs confidence right now."