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Minutes later, in the home half of the inning, the Phillies struck for five runs, powering them to a 6-3 win over the Cubs, their first series win against an above-.500 team since July 21-23 against the Brewers, and just their third such series win all season (Marlins, April 26-27, Nationals, April 7-9).
Freddy Galvis had a two-run single in the fifth to tie the game, and rookie outfielder Nick Williams followed with a two-run homer, his eighth of the year, to put the Phillies ahead for good. Hoskins added a late insurance run with another record-setting homer — his fifth in as many days and 11th in just 18 Major League games, an all-time record.
Cubs starter John Lackey struck out the first five batters he faced but was chased after the fifth. Lackey gave up four earned runs on six hits and one walk.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Bryant’s blunder: After making two nice plays in the fourth inning, Kris Bryant had a ground ball go under his glove in the fifth. Bryant was ready to start a double play when Cameron Rupp sent a grounder to third, but instead he made his 16th error of the season. Instead of nobody on with two outs, the Phillies had runners on the corners with no outs on their way to a five-run frame.
Pivetta limits the damage The first three Cubs to come to the plate Sunday all scored. It looked like Pivetta, who lasted just 1 1/3 innings in his last start, could be in for another short outing. But with the bases loaded and one out, Pivetta struck out Rene Rivera and got Lackey to ground out to end the jam. The right-hander pitched four scoreless innings after the first to get the ball to the Phillies’ bullpen.
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The triple play was doubly important, both killing the Cubs’ potential lead-extending rally and getting Pivetta through five innings of work and saving a taxed bullpen. Philadelphia’s relievers have thrown the second-most innings (50 1/3) in the last two weeks entering play Sunday, with the sixth-highest ERA (6.22) in that span.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
Anthony Rizzo had an interesting time on the bases in the fifth inning. Rizzo was called out at first base on a pickoff attempt from Nick Pivetta only to have the call overturned by a replay review. This came after Pivetta threw over to first with Rizzo standing firmly on the base earlier in the same at-bat. Rizzo’s adventure on the bases ended when he was thrown out as part of the Phillies’ triple play.
Cubs: The Cubs head back to the Windy City to face the Pirates on Monday at 7:05 p.m. CT in the start of a seven-game homestand. Left-hander Mike Montgomery will get the start against Trevor Williams.
Phillies: Aaron Nola takes on the Braves in Monday’s series opener at 7:05 p.m. ET at Citizens Bank Park. Nola has faltered his last two times out, allowing 12 earned runs in 11 1/3 innings after allowing just 13 earned runs in his previous 10 starts (68 1/3 innings).
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Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Phillies on Sunday.
Stephen Pianovich is a contributor to MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Cubs on Sunday.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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