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Utley homers again, Phillies beat Cubs behind Lee

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CHICAGO -- Chase Utley stuck it to the Cubs again. It's just what he does to teams when he's healthy and hitting.

Utley went 3-for-3 and homered for the second day in a row, and Cliff Lee pitched seven scoreless innings to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.

"He looks good," Sandberg said. "He's feeling good, he's in great shape and he's producing quality at-bats right now. He's very healthy and he looks good."

Dominic Brown drove in Utley for the Phillies' other run with a single in the fourth inning.

Lee (2-0) allowed 10 hits and had just one 1-2-3 inning. But it never felt as if he was in trouble. He worked on the edges of both sides of the plate and kept the Cubs hitters off balance. Four of his six strikeouts were called third strikes.

"I still had to battle a little bit," said Lee, who won his first start of the season despite allowing eight runs in five innings. "They got their fair share of hits, but I was able to make pitches when I needed to.

"Seven innings, no runs, I'll take that every time."

The Cubs wasted another strong start from Jeff Samardzija (0-1), who allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings. He walked three and struck out eight. In his two starts, the right-hander has a 1.29 ERA with nothing to show for it, but said he's confident the offense will come around.

"Absolutely," he said. "I see these guys working every day; I know what they're doing. If it were a different situation, if I thought these guys were being lazy or this or that, obviously it'd be different. But these guys come to work every day, doing everything we can.

"It's early in the season, we're going to keep going, keep pushing and figure this out."

Utley ensured that Lee would take the mound with a lead when he cranked a 1-1 fastball from Samardzija into the right-field bleachers for a two-out solo home run in the top of the first inning. It was Utley's second homer of the season.

Utley then led off the fourth with a walk, took second on a single by Ryan Howard and scored on a single by Brown to make it 2-0. Utley, who has been bothered by knee problems in recent years, showed how healthy he's feeling on the play. Brown's hit was a liner to left-center. Utley got a quick read on the ball and raced around third to score without a play.

With Lee painting the corners, the two-run advantage seemed huge. The Cubs' managed two hits in each the first, third and seventh innings, but couldn't produce a big hit break through - just like things have gone so far this season.

Notes

The Cubs confirmed that RHP Carlos Villanueva will make his scheduled start in Sunday's series finale. Villanueva's status was in question because he used in relief twice during the opening series in Pittsburgh. He was losing pitcher in both, meaning he'll take the mound for his first start with a 0-2 record and a 13.50 ERA. A.J. Burnett (0-0, 1.50) will start for the Phillies. The veteran RHP allowed one run in six innings in his first start of the season.. Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins was back in the lineup after missing the previous two games when he returned to Philadelphia for the birth of his second child, a daughter named Logan Aliya.. Utley's double in the eighth inning was the 300th of his career, which is eighth on the Phillies all-time list.

 
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Phillies second baseman Chase Utley goes 3-for-3 and homers for the second game in a row against the Cubs. (USATSI)
Phillies second baseman Chase Utley goes 3-for-3 and homers for the second game in a row against the Cubs. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

C. Utley
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Chicago

J. Samardzija
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 3
K 8
 
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ben Revere, CF5010011 .292
Jimmy Rollins, SS4000022 .143
Chase Utley, 2B3231100 .476
Ryan Howard, 1B3010111 .300
Marlon Byrd, RF3000124 .238
Domonic Brown, LF2011200 .353
Wil Nieves, C4000016 .000
Cody Asche, 3B4000020 .250
Cliff Lee, P3010010 .333
   Jake Diekman, P0000000 .000
   a-Cesar Hernandez, PH1000010 .500
   Jonathan Papelbon, P0000000 .000
Totals32272511  
a-struck out for Diekman in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chase Utley (2, Russell)
HR - Chase Utley (2, Samardzija)
RBI - Chase Utley (5), Domonic Brown (3)
2-OUT RBI - Chase Utley (2)
SB - Ben Revere (3, 2nd base off Samardzija/Castillo)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Rollins-Utley-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Cliff Lee (W,2-0) 71000060 6.00
Jake Diekman (H,2) 1000100 7.36
Jonathan Papelbon (S,1) 1000010 11.57
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 104-74, Jake Diekman 14-8, Jonathan Papelbon 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 9-5, Jake Diekman 2-1, Jonathan Papelbon 1-1
Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 30, Jake Diekman 4, Jonathan Papelbon 3
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Emilio Bonifacio, CF5020031 .542
Starlin Castro, SS4030001 .238
Justin Ruggiano, RF4000016 .000
   James Russell, P0000000 .000
   Justin Grimm, P0000000 .000
Anthony Rizzo, 1B4020000 .190
Junior Lake, LF3010103 .294
Mike Olt, 3B4000003 .083
Welington Castillo, C4000023 .118
Darwin Barney, 2B3000010 .167
   a-Ryan Kalish, PH1000000 .000
Jeff Samardzija, P2010000 .200
   b-Nate Schierholtz, PH-RF2010000 .235
Totals36010017  
a-popped out for Barney in the 9th
b-singled for Samardzija in the 7th
Batting
2B - Junior Lake (2, Lee)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Rizzo-Castro-Samardzija, Rizzo-Castro-Samardzija-Olt-Rizzo
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Samardzija (L,0-1) 7622381 1.29
James Russell 0.2100220 4.50
Justin Grimm 1.1000010 0.00
IBB - Brown by Jeff Samardzija, Byrd by James Russell
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Samardzija 113-75, James Russell 21-10, Justin Grimm 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Samardzija 5-6, Justin Grimm 2-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Samardzija 28, James Russell 5, Justin Grimm 4
Game Information
Attendance - 30651
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 39
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Hal Gibson