Phils ride Eickhoff before lead gets away late

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Joely Rodriguez took over, and his second pitch got away from catcher Andrew Knapp for a passed ball, allowing both Cubs baserunners to advance. Contreras greeted Rodriguez with a double to left, driving in Zobrist and Heyward, and opening a 4-3 lead. Rodriguez was replaced by Edubray Ramos, and pinch-hitter Matt Szczur welcomed him with an RBI single.

Jake Arrieta drove in a run and picked up the win, scattering six hits over six innings and allowing three runs.

Eickhoff, an Evansville, Ind., native who was originally a 46th-round pick of the Cubs in the 2010 Draft but did not sign, took the loss. Eickhoff had allowed one run, retiring 10 in a row at one point, before finding trouble in the sixth. He was charged with four runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings.

This was the Cubs’ ninth come-from-behind win. They’ve had to rally in each of their last three wins.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED

First things first: The Cubs may want to consider having closer Wade Davis start games. Arrieta walked Daniel Nava, and one out later, he scored on Maikel Franco‘s single. Odubel Herrera followed with an RBI double for a 2-0 lead. The Cubs now have given up 33 earned runs in the first inning in 27 games for an 11.00 ERA. Scoring in the first isn’t anything new for the Phillies, who rank second in the Majors in first-inning runs.

Glovework: Before the game, Cubs manager Joe Maddon talked about how the defense has been good, but it seems the players aren’t getting to as many balls as last year. A perfect example occurred in the Phillies’ fourth. Franco singled to open the inning, and one out later Brock Stassi doubled off the right-field wall on a ball that Zobrist misjudged. Franco then scored on Freddy Galvis‘ sacrifice fly.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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

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


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