Chi. Cubs 7, Philadelphia 1
When: 2:20 PM ET, Sunday, September 1, 2013
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Bob Davidson, 1B -
Quinn Wolcott, 2B -
James Hoye, 3B -
Cubs 7, Phillies 1: Welington Castillo drove in a pair of runs and Jake Arrieta pitched effectively into the seventh inning as Chicago posted consecutive home wins for the first time since early July.
Arrieta (3-3) limited the Phillies to one run on three hits over 6 2/3 frames and three relievers combined to finish it off, allowing only two baserunners the rest of the way. Brian Bogusevic had two hits and scored twice for the Cubs, who have captured only five of their last 22 at Wrigley Field and hadn't won two straight at home since a three-game streak from July 6-9.
Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick (10-12) was tagged for five runs on eight hits over six innings. The 29-year-old right-hander has lost four straight decisions and six of his last seven.
Ryan Sweeney didn't waste any time getting back into the swing of things in his first major-league action since June 29, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first inning. Anthony Rizzo drove a double off the wall in the third to score Starlin Castro for a 2-0 advantage.
The Phillies halved the deficit on Darin Ruf's 12th home run - a one-out solo shot into the basket in left-center in the fourth - but couldn't muster any more offense. Castillo doubled home a pair of runs and scored on Darwin Barney's sacrifice fly in the three-run fourth, and the Cubs plated two more in the eighth on pinch hitter Luis Valbuena's bases-loaded walk and Castro's sacrifice fly.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Philadelphia has lost 21 of the last 23 games in which it has scored three or fewer runs. … Sweeney and Valbuena were activated from the disabled list Sunday. Sweeney had not played since breaking a rib when he crashed into the center-field wall in Seattle, while Valbuena had been out since Aug. 4 with a strained right oblique. … The Phillies recalled utilitymen Cesar Hernandez and Michael Martinez from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to fill the roster spots opened by the trades of Michael Young and John McDonald on Saturday. Young was sent to the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor-league LHP Rob Rasmussen, while McDonald went to Boston in exchange for minor-league RHP Nefi Ogando.
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