Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Starlin Castro's go-ahead home run in the
bottom of the sixth inning lifted the Chicago Cubs to a 4-3 win over the
Philadelphia Phillies in the middle test of a three-game set.
Tied at 3-3 in the sixth and with Zach Miner (0-1) pitching for Philadelphia,
the leadoff man Castro hammered a 1-0 fastball to center to give Chicago the
lead for good.
"Swinging the bat with a lot more authority lately and seeing him put that
kind of swing on that ball with the wind blowing in, that was nice," Cubs
manager Dale Sveum said.
Carlos Villanueva (3-8) threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to pick up the
win while Kevin Gregg worked around a two-out single in the ninth to notch his
Kevin Frandsen clubbed a two-out solo shot in the second to put the Phillies
on the board, only for the Cubs to respond in the home half. With one out,
Welington Castillo, Darnell McDonald, and Cole Gillespie hit consecutive
singles, the last of which tied the game.
The Phillies went back on top an inning later. Chase Utley reached first
on an error by Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, swiped second and scored on a
double by Carlos Ruiz.
Castillo answered in the bottom of the inning. With two out and runners at the
corners, he flicked a single to right which plated Donnie Murphy.
In the fourth, Frandsen was hit by a pitch to begin the frame but was erased
on Roger Bernadina's fielder's choice grounder. Phils starter Cliff Lee then
reached on a grounder back to the mound which erased Bernadina at second, and
scored when Young followed with a triple.
The game was deadlocked once more in the fifth. Chicago loaded the bases with
one out thanks to a leadoff double from Murphy, single by Junior Lake and walk
to McDonald, before Gillespie he hit a fly to center, bringing Murphy home.
"Felt like I had to battle," said Lee. "Seeing like they had a lot of long at-
bats and grinded me out. Saw a bunch of pitches and battled."
Cubs starter Chris Rusin gave up three runs -- two earned -- on four hits and
three walks over five innings ... Lee also lasted five frames, allowing three
runs -- two earned -- on nine hits and three walks ... The Cubs were 3-for-10
with runners in scoring position and stranded 11 ... Lake went 2-for-4. He has
50 hits since the All-Star break, the most of any rookie ... Young went
3-for-5, improving to 13-for-26 in his last six games ... Chicago's Jake
Arrieta is scheduled to face Philadelphia's Kyle Kendrick in Sunday's series
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