Phils snap skid with 3 HRs against Cubs

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Cubs starter Brett Anderson (2-1) didn’t fare nearly as well, surrendering seven runs in 1 1/3 innings. The Cubs now have dropped four of five games.

Michael Saunders hit a solo homer and Freddy Galvis added a two-run shot as the Phillies pounded out 12 hits. Javier Baez, starting at shortstop, hit a solo homer and pinch-hitter Matt Szczur added a sacrifice fly for the Cubs’ runs.

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Joseph breaks out: Despite a rough beginning, Anderson had a chance to strand two runners and escape the first inning with just one run scored. He ran the count to 2-2 against the struggling Joseph (he entered batting .179 with one homer) and had to make one more quality pitch. Catcher Willson Contreras set up on the outside corner, but Anderson’s 91-mph fastball drifted out over the plate, and Joseph smacked a line drive into the left-field bleachers for a three-run shot and a 4-0 Phillies lead.

Trouble no more: Just like they did a year ago, the Cubs have made a habit of late comebacks. But any hopes of that type of drama playing out on Monday were probably dashed in the fourth inning. After loading the bases with two out on two walks and a hit-by-pitch, Velasquez struck out Contreras with a high inside fastball to end the threat and maintain the Phillies’ 7-0 lead at the time.

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

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

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


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