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Friday, May 8, 2015

Cubs Pilfer Two of Three from Phils

The Cubs, now finding themselves in second place behind NL East leader New York, attempts to right the ship by winning two of three from Philadelphia.

Game One: Chicago 4, Philly 3. W: Jenkins (10-10); L: Selma (4-4)

The Phils take an early 3-1 lead off Fergie Jenkins, who has been struggling lately, after a Larry Bowa single scores two. But Jenkins settles down to go nine. The Cubs come back with RBI singles in the seventh from Glenn Beckert and Jim Hickman off reliever Dick Selma to win it. Johnny Callison hits two homers to pace Chicago in the tight victory.

Game Two: Cubs 3, Philly 0. W: Hands (14-5); L: Bunning (6-8)

Bill Hands is having an all-star season, winning his 14th game with a complete game five hitter, adding 12 Ks. The Cubs lead 1-0 for most of the game off sharp, 39-year-old Jim Bunning but gets two runs late on RBI singles from Don Kessinger and Billy Williams.

Game Three: Philly 13, Cubs 11 (11 innings). W: Hoerner (4-0); L: Pizzaro (0-1); S: Selma (15)

A wild one at Wrigley. The game starts off with each team scoring four runs in the first inning, as both Kenny Holtzman and Chris Short are banged around. But the Cubs keep up the scoring in the middle innings to take a comfortable 11-5 edge going into the 7th. The Phils aren't done, however, as Larry Hisle's homer moves the score to 11-8 Cubs going into the ninth. Phil Regan comes on to close it for Chicago (after Larry Gura allows two runs to make it 11-10) and promptly surrenders a  tying homer to Tony Taylor with two outs. In the top of the 11th, youngster Juan Pizarro comes in for the Cubs and gives up RBI singles from Denny Doyle and Deron Johnson for the Phillies win.

Philly had 20 hits and Chicago 15 in the long game. Bowa and Taylor had four hit apiece for Philadelphia, while Ron Santo drove in five for Chicago, including his 14th homer. Billy Williams, who also leads the league in homers and RBIs, now has a 14 game hitting streak.

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