Altherr HR not enough after Hellickson falters

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Schwarber, who entered the game batting .196, snapped a 2-2 tie with the three-run blast to right field on a 2-0 pitch from Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson in the fourth inning. It was Schwarber’s fourth homer of the season. Two batters later, Ben Zobrist hit an RBI double to make it 6-2.

After the Phillies got a run back in the top of the fifth, Baez, who homered to lead off the third, broke things open with a two-run triple in the bottom half.

Jon Lester (1-1) allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits with five walks (one intentional) and five strikeouts in five innings, but was good enough to pick up his first win of the season.

Hellickson (4-1) entered with a three-start winning streak and hadn’t allowed more than two runs in any outing this season, but he was roughed up for six runs on eight hits in four innings.

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Lester ends strong: After the Cubs’ four-run fourth, the Phillies loaded the bases with one out in the fifth and were perhaps one hit away from getting back in the game. But Lester — after falling behind, 3-1 — got Michael Saunders to ground out weakly to first base, scoring a run to make it 6-3. Then, with runners on second and third, Lester struck out Tommy Joseph on his 106th (and final) pitch — a low, outside changeup — to end the threat.

Baez caps big night: With the Cubs holding a comfortable lead, about the only late drama was whether Baez could hit for the cycle. He took his final at-bat leading off the eighth just needing a double for the feat. He dropped a hit in front of right fielder Saunders, and those remaining in the Wrigley Field crowd wanted him to try to stretch it, but he stopped and settled for a single.

John Jackson is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago and covered the Cubs on Tuesday.

Jeff Arnold is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago and covered the Phillies on Tuesday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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