Phillies lose 4-3 to Cubs

Ryne Sandberg had a terrific time in his first game back at

Wrigley Field since he became the interim manager of the

Philadelphia Phillies.

His second game didn’t go so well.

Cliff Lee struggled to get through five innings and Zach Miner

surrendered Starlin Castro’s tiebreaking homer in the sixth as

Philadelphia lost 4-3 to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.

”It was a strange game,” Lee said. ”We kept taking the lead

and I kept giving it back twice. They battled and drew some walks

and had some deep counts.”

Sandberg, a Hall of Fame second baseman, spent most of his

playing career with the Cubs. He received several rounds of cheers

in his return on Friday, and the Phillies rallied for a 6-5

victory.

But Saturday’s loss left him with a 9-7 record since he took

over after Charlie Manuel was fired on Aug. 16.

Michael Young collected three more hits for Philadelphia, which

has split its last six games. Young went 4 for 5 in the Phillies’

6-5 victory in the series opener and is batting .588 (10 for 17) in

four games against the Cubs this season.

Kevin Frandsen homered for the second straight day, giving him

five on the year, but Philadelphia still lost at Wrigley Field for

the first time since 2011. The Phillies had won five in a row at

the cozy neighborhood ballpark.

Cole Gillespie drove in two runs with a single and a sacrifice

fly as the Cubs earned their fourth win in 20 home games since the

All-Star break. Castro, Junior Lake, Wellington Castillo and Darwin

Barney had two hits apiece.

Castro drove a 1-0 fastball from Miner (0-1) to the center field

batter’s eye for his eighth homer. The leadoff drive through a

steady wind was his first homer since July 31 against Milwaukee and

gave Chicago a 4-3 lead.

”I’ve been kind of struggling,” Castro said. ”It’s been a

long time since that happened, so I’m pretty happy.”

Castro went 2 for 5 for his second consecutive multihit game.

The shortstop is batting a career-low .242, but the homer against

the Phillies was one of his hardest-hit balls this year.

”If he can put that kind of swing on that ball to center with

the wind blowing in, that was nice and that’s your game winner”

Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. ”Balls are coming of the bat like it

did a couple of years ago and last year.”

Carlos Villanueva (3-8) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the win and

Kevin Gregg got three outs for his 28th save in 33 chances. Five

Cubs relievers combined for four innings of two-hit ball.

”Villanueva got four huge outs and then you can match up to get

to your setup guy and closer and set what happens,” Sveum

said.

”Obviously (home wins) haven’t been coming around too much

lately,” he added. ”So it was nice to get the lead and all the

relievers did a great job and we made the plays when we had

to.”

It turned into a battle of the bullpens after Lee and Chris

Rusin of the Cubs each allowed three runs, two earned, in five

innings.

Gillespie drove in Welington Castillo with the last of three

consecutive singles in the second, tying it at 1. Castillo had a

tying RBI single in the third, and Gillespie’s sacrifice fly in the

fifth made it 3-3.

Lee allowed nine hits, struck out four and walked three. The

2008 AL Cy Young Award winner is 1-4 with a 3.98 ERA in his last

eight starts.

”He just seemed a little out of sync the whole start, throwing

a lot of pitches, missing just off the plate,” Sandberg said

”He’s a guy that usually pitches ahead in the count and goes after

it and pounds the zone.”

Lee agreed that it was an odd day for him.

”It was a strange game in the fact that they waited out some

pitches that were right there just out of the strike zone and they

were being called ball consistently,” Lee said. ”It didn’t seem

like I ever got a good break as far as them chasing a good

pitch.”

Frandsen gave the Phillies the lead with a line drive to left in

the second, and Carlos Ruiz had a run-scoring double in the third

after first baseman Anthony Rizzo committed a costly two-out

error.

Young made it 3-2 in the fourth with an RBI triple that got past

Gillespie in the right-field corner. He also had a tiebreaking RBI

single in the ninth inning in the series opener.

But Young also committed an error in the third that led to

Castillo’s tying hit.

NOTES: Phillies OF Domonic Brown struck out swinging in the

ninth as a pinch hitter. The All-Star slugger was out of the

starting lineup after he left the series opener due to soreness in

his right Achilles tendon. ”I’m probably going to feel it the rest

of the year,” Brown said. … Philadelphia 3B Cody Asche (right

hamstring strain) was ready to return to the lineup, but Sandberg

decided to give him another day with a lefty pitching for the

Cubs.