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Phillies throw Cubs for sixth straight loss

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- LaTroy Hawkins caught Placido Polanco's line drive back to the mound and threw to first base for what could have been a game-ending double play. The ball hit Jose Offerman's helmet and ricocheted deep into the stands, allowing the tying and go-ahead runs to score.

"It's one of those things where everything that could go wrong, goes wrong," Hawkins said after the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 Friday. "It'll turn around. The baseball gods are just testing us right now, that's all."

The Wrigley Field crowd booed the Cubs after the top of the ninth and again when the game ended. Chicago has lost six straight, its longest skid in two years.

Hawkins (1-3) relieved Mark Prior in the ninth inning with a 2-1 lead, and the Phillies loaded the bases on singles by Pat Burrell and David Bell, and a one-out walk to Offerman. Bell's hit glanced off Hawkins' outstretched glove and rolled toward third. Hawkins couldn't find it right away and Bell reached without a throw.

"I thought the big play was the ball David Bell hit up the middle," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "If he doesn't knock that down, there's a good chance that's a double play and nobody's on base."

Polanco, batting for Mike Lieberthal, then lined the ball back to Hawkins.

"Offerman used his head," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

Chicago (12-16) was coming off a pair of losses at Milwaukee in which the winning run scored in the ninth.

"This is a first for me," Baker said. "I think he had him doubled off at first base, and he hits the runner in the head and the ball goes in the stands. I thought we finally got a stroke of luck. ... I know (Hawkins) is trying hard. He feels terrible like the rest of us."

Hawkins has saved only four of seven chances this season.

"I should've held on to the ball, plain and simple," Hawkins said. "I thought I had a chance, and I hit his helmet. ... I couldn't do it again if I tried."

Billy Wagner (1-0) got four consecutive outs after giving up Derrek Lee's two-run homer in the eighth, which put Chicago ahead 2-1. Wagner hadn't been scored on in 11 innings this season.

Jose Macias pinch hit for Prior leading off the bottom half and singled. Jerry Hairston moved Macias to second with a sacrifice bunt, and Rheal Cormier relieved starter Cory Lidle.

One out later, Wagner was brought in to face Lee. Wagner threw a 98 mph fastball on a 3-1 pitch, and Lee hit his NL-leading ninth homer.

Wagner said he wanted to walk Lee when he was behind 3-0 in the count, then changed his mind after getting a strike.

"I wanted to throw it up, because it's 3-1 and I wanted him to swing," Wagner said.

Lee wasn't surprised Wagner pitched to him, even though he's leading the NL in batting average (.412) and RBI (32).

"I don't think they brought in the closer to pitch around me," Lee said. "I thought he'd come after me."

Prior was in line for his fourth victory but ended up with a no-decision after striking out 10, walking two and allowing four hits in eight innings.

"I'm not going to address the mood of the team because I don't have the answers for the rest of the guys," Prior said. "We'll get through it."

Lidle gave up one run and four hits in 7 1/3 innings.

"I was changing speeds a lot," he said. "I got ahead of most of the hitters, and those that I fell behind, I wasn't scared to throw offspeed to them."

Burrell hit his seventh homer leading off the second. The Phillies loaded the bases before Prior struck out Lieberthal, Lidle and Jimmy Rollins to get out of trouble.

Prior also struck out the first two batters in the third inning before giving up a broken-bat single to Burrell. He then retired 16 of his next 17 batters, allowing only a walk to Marlon Byrd in the fourth.

Chicago loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth, but Jeromy Burnitz flied out.

Notes

  • Lee extended his hitting streak to a career-best 17 games. He's batting .468 during the streak.
  • The Phillies placed RHP Tim Worrell on the 15-day disabled list after the reliever told the team he had to deal with "personal psychological issues."
  • Cubs 2B Todd Walker, out since April 11 with a left knee sprain, ran and took ground balls before the game. He thinks he could return in a week.
  • SS Nomar Garciaparra was walking around the Cubs clubhouse and said he will need another three weeks before he can begin rehab work. He had surgery last week after rupturing a tendon in his left groin.
  • The Cubs are on their longest skid since losing nine straight from May 8-18, 2002.
 
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Cory Lidle gave up just one run and four hits Friday, lowering his ERA to 4.11.  (Getty Images)
Cory Lidle gave up just one run and four hits Friday, lowering his ERA to 4.11. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Chicago

D. Lee
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Philadelphia

P. Burrell
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4000013 .246
Chase Utley, 2B4000030 .299
Bobby Abreu, RF4000020 .259
Pat Burrell, LF4131010 .292
    Jason Michaels, PR-CF0100000 .310
David Bell, 3B4120001 .225
Ryan Howard, 1B3000112 .100
Marlon Byrd, CF2010100 .500
   a- Jose Offerman, PH0000100 .143
    Todd Pratt, C0000000 .200
Mike Lieberthal, C3000014 .214
   b- Placido Polanco, PH-LF1000000 .257
Cory Lidle, P3000024 .100
    Rheal Cormier, P0000000 .000
    Billy Wagner, P1000011 .500
Totals3336131215 
a-walked for Byrd in the 9th
b-lined out for Lieberthal in the 9th
Batting
2B - David Bell (8, Prior)
HR - Pat Burrell (7, Prior)
RBI - Pat Burrell (26)
Team LOB - 6
Philadelphia Phillies
Cory Lidle 7.1411230 4.11
Rheal Cormier (H,5) 0.1000000 4.91
Billy Wagner (BS,1; W,1-0) 1.1111001 0.73
Pitches-Strikes - Cory Lidle 98-63, Rheal Cormier 2-1, Billy Wagner 20-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cory Lidle 12-7, Rheal Cormier 1-0, Billy Wagner 2-2
Batters Faced - Cory Lidle 28, Rheal Cormier 1, Billy Wagner 5
Chicago Cubs
Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B2000100 .256
Corey Patterson, CF4000012 .254
Derrek Lee, 1B3122110 .412
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4010001 .248
Jeromy Burnitz, RF4010004 .296
Neifi Perez, SS4000001 .310
Todd Hollandsworth, LF3000011 .229
   a- Michael Barrett, PH1000000 .238
Henry Blanco, C3000000 .087
Mark Prior, P2000000 .364
   b- Jose Macias, PH1110000 .200
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
Totals31252239 
a-flied out for Hollandsworth in the 9th
b-singled for Prior in the 8th
Batting
2B - Derrek Lee (11, Lidle), Jeromy Burnitz (8, Lidle)
HR - Derrek Lee (9, Wagner)
SH - Jerry Hairston Jr. (3)
RBI - Derrek Lee 2 (32)
2-OUT RBI - Derrek Lee 2 (9)
SB - Jerry Hairston Jr. (3, 2nd base off Lidle/Lieberthal)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - LaTroy Hawkins (1, Wild throw)
Chicago Cubs
Mark Prior 84112101 3.09
LaTroy Hawkins (BS,3; L,1-3) 1220120 3.86
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Prior 105-68, LaTroy Hawkins 25-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Prior 7-7
Batters Faced - Mark Prior 30, LaTroy Hawkins 6
Game Information
Attendance - 38767
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Bill Hohn, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman