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Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez saved at least one run with a diving grab on a grounder by Sardinha with the bases loaded to end the third.
Starlin Castro's RBI single in the sixth got Chicago within two. Barney walked with two outs and stole second base. Castro followed with a single to right off Danys Baez. Domonic Brown made a strong throw to the plate. But the ball took a tough hop and Sardinha dropped it or Castro likely would've been out by a few steps.
The Cubs cut it to 3-2 in the eighth on consecutive two-out doubles by Castro and Carlos Pena off Jose Contreras.
NOTES: Cubs RHP Ryan Dempster had no problems with his right hip that nearly forced him to miss Wednesday's start and he's on track to make his next start. ... A crowd of 44,906 was the 169th straight sellout at Citizens Bank Park, including postseason play. ... The Phillies failed to score more than three runs for the eighth time in nine games. ... Philadelphia is 32-1 when leading after eight innings.
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