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The Phillies had a chance in the 11th when they loaded the bases with one out, taking advantage of a throwing error by shortstop Addison Russell. But Mike Montgomery escaped as he struck out Michael Saunders and got pinch-hitter Andres Blanco to pop up to second baseman Baez.
The Phillies got the better of the Cubs in the 12th. Chicago loaded the bases and the Phillies brought in Ty Kelly as a fifth infielder, and the defense worked, as Willson Contreras hit into a 6-9-3 double play.
The two teams combined to go 4-for-28 with runners in scoring position and left 25 men on base.
With the game tied at 3 in the Phillies’ eighth, Cameron Rupp greeted Carl Edwards Jr. with a leadoff home run, the first run off the off the right-hander this season. Edwards had given up two hits over 12 innings in his 12 previous outings. But Miguel Montero tied the game in the Cubs’ half with his third home run of the season, launching an 0-1 pitch from Joaquin Benoit with one out to the basket rimming the bleachers in center field. Phillies relievers now have served up a Major League-high 21 home runs.
Phillies starter Zach Eflin was in line for the win after Rupp’s homer, but instead did not get a decision. He gave up three runs over seven innings.
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Pickoff artist: The Cubs had runners at first and second with one out in the ninth against Jeanmar Gomez, but the pitcher helped snuff their rally with a perfect pickoff move to second baseman Hernandez to get Zobrist at second. Zobrist had a significant lead and was easily tagged out. After Zobrist was out, Bryant singled to left field. Instead of potentially scoring Zobrist, the hit placed runners at first and second again, and Anthony Rizzo grounded out to end the inning.
Escape artist: Lackey had thrown 95 pitches through five innings, and started the Phillies’ sixth, but he gave up back-to-back hits and was lifted. Brian Duensing took over and got Galvis to line out to first baseman Rizzo, who stepped on the bag for a double play. The outing was the first time this season Lackey did not go at least six innings.
Sound smart with your friends For just the 13th time in the Cubs’ 28 games, they did not give up a run in the first inning. The Cubs did score in their half, as Bryant singled and, with two outs, Russell lined a double to right and into the 15-mph northeast wind. Bryant scored for a 1-0 lead.
With two outs in the Cubs’ sixth, Szczur hit a bouncer to third baseman Franco, who threw to first. Szczur was called safe, but the Phillies challenged the ruling and after a review, the call was overturned, and the inning was over.
Phillies: Right-hander Nick Pivetta (0-1, 3.60 ERA) will make his second start when the Phillies begin a weekend series against the Nationals at 7:05 pm. ET at Citizens Bank Park. Pivetta will start in place of injured right-hander Aaron Nola, who continues to deal with a back issue. Pivetta allowed two runs and nine hits over five innings against the Dodgers on April 30.
Cubs: Kyle Hendricks will open the Cubs’ Interleague series against the Yankees on Friday at Wrigley Field. It will be Hendricks’ second straight start against an American League East team; he faced the Red Sox last Sunday and gave up two runs over six innings. Aroldis Chapman will receive his World Series ring on the field pregame. First pitch is scheduled for 1:20 p.m. CT.
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Jeff Arnold is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago and covered the Phillies on Thursday.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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