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Cubs escape sweep, halt Phillies' 10-game win streak

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard had Phillies fans on their feet and the tying runs on base.

This time it didn't work out for the home team.

Kevin Gregg got Howard to ground out with the bases loaded in the eighth and worked a perfect ninth to preserve the Chicago Cubs' 10-5 victory, snapping Philadelphia's longest winning streak in 18 years at 10 games.

"That was the big out of the game," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said of Gregg's showdown against Howard.

Aramis Ramirez and Jeff Baker each had a two-run double and Carlos Zambrano (7-4) won his third straight start for the Cubs, who avoided their first three-game sweep in Philadelphia since 1999.

"Hopefully, this will give us a jump start and we'll get rolling," Baker said.

The NL East-leading Phillies lost for only the second time in 16 games and fell to .500 at home (24-24), failing to extend their longest winning streak since they won 13 in a row from July 30 to Aug. 12, 1991.

Gregg replaced Angel Guzman with two out in the eighth and runners on first and third. He walked Chase Utley before retiring Howard on a bouncer to first, preserving the Cubs' 8-5 lead. Gregg, who has a 1.53 ERA over his last 28 appearances, then closed it out for his 19th save.

Howard is 0 for 8 with five strikeouts for his career against Gregg.

"It's just one of those things," Gregg said. "You can't explain it."

The Phillies' streak was the longest by a defending World Series champion since Baltimore won 11 straight in 1971, according to research by the Elias Sports Bureau. Philadelphia also had won seven straight at home.

"All good streaks come to an end," left fielder Gregg Dobbs said. "It just gives us an opportunity to start a new one."

Coming off his strongest outing of the season, 46-year-old Jamie Moyer (9-7) was tagged for five runs in five innings as his ERA jumped to 5.65.

Moyer has put together a few strong starts in a season filled with erratic performances. The left-hander has allowed five or more runs six times this year. This one led to his first loss to the Cubs, the organization he made his major league debut with in 1986, in four career decisions.

Sean Marshall replaced Zambrano with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh, and promptly surrendered a two-run single to Dobbs that cut Chicago's lead to 8-5. Guzman then retired Pedro Feliz on a fly ball to left.

Zambrano gave up five runs, four earned, and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings.

"Zambrano pitched well. He had good stuff," Piniella said.

The Phillies had a chance to get to Zambrano an inning earlier and possibly tie the game. Feliz's two-run single got Philly within two, but two runners were left on and manager Charlie Manuel was tossed for arguing a third strike foul tip that appeared to hit the dirt, his third ejection of the season.

"It seemed like we couldn't get the big hit when we really needed hit," Manuel said. "They kept adding on and we couldn't catch them."

Chicago backed Zambrano with a four-run fourth. Alfonso Soriano hit the last of four consecutive singles to open the inning, driving in Derrek Lee to make it 1-0. Baker followed with a double to center, and a mishandled throw by All-Star second baseman Utley allowed another runner to score.

Milton Bradley, back in the lineup after taking a few days off to work on his hitting, had an RBI single in the fifth. Ramirez came up with his big hit in the seventh and Jake Fox added a sacrifice fly that stretched Chicago's lead to 8-3.

The Cubs scored twice in the ninth against Brad Lidge.

Manuel decided not to start All-Star outfielder Raul Ibanez (.310, 25 home runs, 68 RBI) in a game that began only hours after the Phillies won in 13 innings. Ibanez grounded out as a pinch hitter in the eighth.

Notes

  • Cubs SS Ryan Theriot had a career-high three stolen bases.
  • The Cubs finished 5-2 on their seven-game road trip.
  • The Phillies last swept the Cubs in a three-game series July 2-4, 1999 at Veterans Stadium.
 
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Carlos Zambrano helps the Cubs avoid their first three-game sweep in Philly since '99.  (AP)
Carlos Zambrano helps the Cubs avoid their first three-game sweep in Philly since '99. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

R. Theriot
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Philadelphia

P. Feliz
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Chicago Cubs
Reed Johnson, CF5011121 .248
Ryan Theriot, SS5230113 .300
Derrek Lee, 1B3211312 .281
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4222205 .304
Milton Bradley, RF4121104 .242
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
Alfonso Soriano, LF5121012 .245
Jeff Baker, 2B3012002 .174
   a- Mike Fontenot, PH0000000 .235
   b- Jake Fox, PH0001000 .322
    Andres Blanco, 2B0100000 .224
Koyie Hill, C4100103 .197
Carlos Zambrano, P4000013 .217
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .231
    Angel Guzman, P0000000 .000
    Kosuke Fukudome, RF1010000 .263
Totals381013996  
a-announced for Baker in the 7th
b-hit a sacrifice fly for Fontenot in the 7th
Batting
2B - Aramis Ramirez (4, Durbin), Jeff Baker (2, Moyer)
SF - Jake Fox (4)
RBI - Reed Johnson (18), Derrek Lee (60), Aramis Ramirez 2 (20), Milton Bradley (22), Alfonso Soriano (39), Jeff Baker 2 (7), Jake Fox (20)
2-OUT RBI - Derrek Lee (21)
SB - Ryan Theriot 3 (13, 3rd base off Moyer/Bako, 2nd base off Moyer/Bako, 2nd base off Eyre/Bako)
CS - Reed Johnson (1, 2nd base by Moyer/Bako)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Hill-Theriot
E - Aramis Ramirez (3, Misplayed grounder), Ryan Theriot (11, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
Carlos Zambrano (W,7-4) 6.21054370 3.48
Sean Marshall0100000 3.84
Angel Guzman (H,9) 1000100 2.52
Kevin Gregg (S,19) 1.1000110 3.15
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 114-73, Sean Marshall 2-1, Angel Guzman 19-11, Kevin Gregg 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 6-6, Angel Guzman 3-1, Kevin Gregg 1-2
Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 32, Sean Marshall 1, Angel Guzman 5, Kevin Gregg 5
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4000104 .235
Shane Victorino, CF4121101 .307
Chase Utley, 2B4000135 .302
Ryan Howard, 1B4210103 .259
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
Jayson Werth, RF4120100 .266
Greg Dobbs, LF5022022 .274
Pedro Feliz, 3B5122002 .289
Paul Bako, C4010013 .206
Jamie Moyer, P1000010 .083
   a- John Mayberry Jr., PH1010000 .192
    Clay Condrey, P0000000 .000
   b- Matt Stairs, PH1000011 .270
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .200
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
   c- Raul Ibanez, PH1000000 .309
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
    Eric Bruntlett, 1B0000000 .128
Totals38511558  
a-singled for Moyer in the 5th
b-struck out for Condrey in the 6th
c-grounded out for Eyre in the 8th
Batting
RBI - Shane Victorino (43), Greg Dobbs 2 (18), Pedro Feliz 2 (48)
2-OUT RBI - Greg Dobbs 2 (6)
CS - Jimmy Rollins (8, 2nd base by Zambrano/Hill)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Paul Bako (1, Throwing), Chase Utley (7, Missed catch of throw)
Philadelphia Phillies
Jamie Moyer (L,9-7) 5854330 5.65
Clay Condrey 1000000 3.41
Chad Durbin0233300 4.62
Scott Eyre 2100110 1.77
Brad Lidge 0.2222220 7.20
Ryan Madson 0.1000000 3.17
HBP - Blanco (by Brad Lidge)
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 82-49, Clay Condrey 9-7, Chad Durbin 23-11, Scott Eyre 38-20, Brad Lidge 25-11, Ryan Madson 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 7-4, Clay Condrey 1-2, Scott Eyre 1-4
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 25, Clay Condrey 3, Chad Durbin 5, Scott Eyre 8, Brad Lidge 7, Ryan Madson 1
Game Information
Attendance - 45257
Game Time - 3:27
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Charlie Reliford, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Sam Holbrook