push across run in 13th to down Phillies
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[May 05, 2017]
CHICAGO -- Albert Almora Jr. was
already on the run from second base as teammate Matt Szczur slapped
a 13th-inning infield grounder.
Almora's target was home plate and a game-winning run if Szczur's
grounder didn't turn into an inning-ending double play.
Ben Zobrist was forced at second base but shortstop Freddy Galvis'
errant throw to first was off target, allowing the aggressive Almora
to score to give the Chicago Cubs a 5-4, extra-inning victory over
the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.
It provided the Cubs with their 10th come-from-behind win of the
Galvis suspected the throw was off as he released the ball.
"I tried to make a straight throw and I just threw it off target,"
he said. "It's really frustrating. Today I made two mistakes and we
lose the game. Of course I'm going to feel bad."
There were earlier opportunities for both teams to jump ahead --
including bases loaded with Cubs in the bottom of the 12th -- but no
"There's no doubt throughout the clubhouse that we wanted to come
out with a win and we did," said Cubs shortstop Addison Russell. "We
could look back at the game and say 'we messed up here, we messed up
there' but overall the team played fantastic."
Cubs reliever Koji Uehara (1-2) -- Chicago's eighth pitcher of the
day -- had a one-two-three 13th and earned the victory as the Cubs
(16-12) won their third straight and took three of four in the
"The motto is on our (World Series) ring: we don't quit," said Cubs
manager Joe Maddon.
Left-handed reliever Joely Rodriguez, the fourth Phillies' pitcher
of the day, worked 2 2/3 innings and took the loss as the Phillies
(12-15) finished a seven-game road trip with just one victory.
"We knew what we were up against going on this road trip -- the
Dodgers and the Cubs -- both formidable teams," said Phillies
manager Pete Mackanin. "We beat the Cubs pretty handily the first
night and had chances to win the next three games. We played them
well, we just fell short."
Phillies starter Zach Eflin worked seven innings while Cubs veteran
John Lackey went five, but neither had a decision.
Cesar Hernandez went 4-for-7 with two runs scored for the Phillies.
Kris Bryant led the Cubs with a 4-for-5 afternoon with a walk.
The Cubs led 1-0 in the first as Russell doubled to deep right with
two outs to score Bryant. Szczur's two-out second-inning double
brought home Almora for a 2-0 lead.
The Phillies got one back on Aaron Altherr's two-out single to
right, scoring Hernandez from second. Maikel Franco tied the game at
2-2, leading off the fourth inning with a first-pitch home run to
left and his team-leading fifth of the season.
Philadelphia had Altherr at second and Hernandez at third with one
out in the fifth and took a 3-2 lead as Franco's fielder's choice
grounder to third brought home Hernandez.
The Cubs loaded the bases with one out in the fifth
and forced a 3-3 tie as Miguel Montero's sacrifice fly to center
brought home Jon Jay.
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Cubs left fielder Matt Szczur (20) celebrates with his teammates
after hitting in the game winning run against the Philadelphia
Phillies at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY
Lackey departed after five innings, and was replaced by left-hander
Brian Duensing. Lackey allowed three runs on nine hits, struck out
six and walked none.
Cubs right-hander Justin Grimm entered in the seventh, loaded the
bases and was pulled in favor of right-hander Pedro Strop, who
struck out Tommy Joseph to end the threat.
Eflin worked seven innings, allowing three runs on nine hits while
striking out one.
"It went all right," said Eflin, who remains winless. "It's an
aggressive ballclub over there. I just really had to bear down and
battle. I really had to work for it."
Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp slugged a go-ahead solo home run in
the eighth inning for a temporary 4-3 lead. Montero, the Cubs
catcher, replied with a one-out bases empty home run to center to
force a 4-4 tie.
The Cubs had the potential game-winning runners at second twice in
the ninth inning but Zobrist was picked off and Jay was stranded
there as Anthony Rizzo grounded to the pitcher for a final out.
Chicago had the bases loaded with one out in the 12th, but Willson
Contreras grounded into an inning-ending double play.
NOTES: Philadelphia failed to score in the first inning for the
first time in four games. The Phillies have 28 first-inning runs to
date, tied with Milwaukee for the major league lead entering
Thursday night. ... The Phillies are back home on Friday to open a
three-game weekend series against Washington. Philadelphia sends RHP
Nick Pivetta (0-1, 3.60 ERA) against Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg
(2-1, 3.09 ERA). ... The Cubs host the Yankees for a three-game
weekend series beginning on Friday afternoon as RHP Michael Pineda
(3-1, 3.14 ERA) goes against Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks (2-1, 4.18
ERA). ... Three ex-Cubs will be among the returnees, including
former NL All-Star shortstop Starlin Castro and relief pitchers
Aroldis Chapman and Adam Warren. Both pitchers will receive 2016
World Series rings from the Cubs this weekend. ... C Willson
Contreras has caught six runners trying to steal, tied for third
most in baseball behind Cleveland's Yan Gomes and Cincinnati's
Tucker Barnhart with seven apiece.
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