Cubs 4 , Phillies 1

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Hero: Tom Gorzelanny (2-4) worked 6 2/3 shutout innings, allowing just three hits and walking two while striking out five. Gorzelanny exited the game after he injured his finger while deflecting a Carlos Ruiz liner in the seventh.

Goat: At least he caught a good game. Koyie Hill, the switch-hitting catcher who can't hit from either side, went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts to lower his average to .212. He has just one hit in his last 17 at-bats.

Key Play: With the Cubs clinging to a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth, the Phillies had the potential tying run at second base with two outs. Carlos Zambrano relieved John Grabow to face the dangerous Jayson Werth. The Philadelphia right fielder tapped a grounder to the left side of the infield. Shortstop Starlin Castro ranged far to his right, cleanly fielded the ball, planted his right foot, and fired a bullet to first baseman Derrek Lee to retire Werth by a step.

Comment: The Cubs (19-22) did not do much against the soft-tossing Jamie Moyer (7 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 7 SO), but they were opportunistic in claiming their fourth straight victory.

In the top of the third with two outs, Ryan Theriot singled, stole second, and scored on a Castro single. In the seventh, Alfonso Soriano doubled off Moyer and scored on a Jeff Baker single. The Cubs did not have a baserunner with less than two outs until Lee drew a leadoff walk from Philadelphia's Chad Durbin to get a two-run ninth started.

The Cubs were 11-43 (2nd worst record in the majors) in games in which they did not homer in 2009 and are 6-15 in such games this season.

Next: The Cubs will try to make it a season-high five straight wins and back-to-back two-game series sweeps Thursday (WGN, 12:05 p.m.) when they send Ryan Dempster (2-4, 3.49 ERA), the loser of four straight starts, against Phillies right-hander Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.49).

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