CHICAGO -- The Cubs don't have to wear their World Series rings to remember the 2016 team's motto of "We never quit," which is engraved on the outside. They play that way every day, and they reinforced the message on Thursday.Albert Almora Jr. doubled and later scored on a throwing
CHICAGO -- The Cubs don't have to wear their World Series rings to remember the 2016 team's motto of "We never quit," which is engraved on the outside. They play that way every day, and they reinforced the message on Thursday.
Albert Almora Jr. doubled and later scored on a throwing error by shortstop Freddy Galvis in the 13th inning to lift the Cubs to a 5-4 victory over the Phillies. It was Chicago's fourth win this season in its last at-bat, and its 10th come-from-behind win of the year.
"We know we can come back and we never quit," Miguel Montero said. "That's our team. We never quit -- we've been saying that, and we've been proving it."
With the game tied at 4 against Joely Rodriguez, Almora led off with a double to left, aggressively running to get to second on the hit. After Javier Baez grounded out to the pitcher, Benjamin Zobrist was intentionally walked. Matthew Szczur hit a potential double-play ball to second baseman Cesar Hernandez, who threw to Galvis, but his throw pulled first baseman Brock Stassi off the bag, and Almora scored the game-winner.
"Those kind of plays -- you have a speedy guy at the plate, I just tried to make an out and made a bad throw," Galvis said.
Phillies manager Pete Mackanin called the error "a bad way to lose."
The Phillies had a chance in the 11th when they loaded the bases with one out, taking advantage of a throwing error by shortstop Addison Russell. But Mike Montgomery escaped as he struck out Michael Saunders and got pinch-hitter Andres Blanco to pop up to second baseman Baez.
The Phillies got the better of the Cubs in the 12th. Chicago loaded the bases and the Phillies brought in Ty Kelly as a fifth infielder, and the defense worked, as Willson Contreras hit into a 6-9-3 double play.
The two teams combined to go 4-for-28 with runners in scoring position and left 25 men on base.
"Give these guys a lot of credit for continuing to battle," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of his players. "There were some frustrating moments when we shot ourselves in the foot. … When they turn a double play on you, touche. We've been doing it all [game, too]. It was a really interesting game."
With the game tied at 3 in the Phillies' eighth, Cameron Rupp greeted C.J. Edwards with a leadoff home run, the first run off the off the right-hander this season. Edwards had given up two hits over 12 innings in his 12 previous outings. But Miguel Montero tied the game in the Cubs' half with his third home run of the season, launching an 0-1 pitch from Joaquin Benoit with one out to the basket rimming the bleachers in center field. Phillies relievers now have served up a Major League-high 21 home runs.
"I hit the ball good, but the wind was really weird," Montero said. "I didn't know what to expect and next thing I know, the ball is in the basket. Basket -- amazing basket when I hit, but when I'm catching, I hate it. As soon as the ball hit the basket, I slowed down. I never thought I had a chance to hit it out. I got lucky."
Phillies starter Zach Eflin was in line for the win after Rupp's homer, but instead did not get a decision. He gave up three runs over seven innings.
Rupp's homer was the second of the day by the Phillies, as Maikel Franco had tied the game at 2 with a leadoff shot in the fourth off Chicago starter John Lackey.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Pickoff artist: The Cubs had runners at first and second with one out in the ninth against Jeanmar Gomez, but the pitcher helped snuff their rally with a perfect pickoff move to second baseman Hernandez to get Zobrist at second. Zobrist had a significant lead and was easily tagged out. After Zobrist was out, Bryant singled to left field. Instead of potentially scoring Zobrist, the hit placed runners at first and second again, and Anthony Rizzo grounded out to end the inning.
"The play at second base is an instructional league, Minor League play that everybody does on the Major League level well," Maddon said. "Every pitcher can do what that guy did. They got us. Pants down, they got us. .. I give the other side credit. They did some things really well."
Escape artist: Lackey had thrown 95 pitches through five innings, and started the Phillies' sixth, but he gave up back-to-back hits and was lifted. Brian Duensing took over and got Galvis to line out to first baseman Rizzo, who stepped on the bag for a double play. The outing was the first time this season Lackey did not go at least six innings.
Sound smart with your friends For just the 13th time in the Cubs' 28 games, they did not give up a run in the first inning. The Cubs did score in their half, as Bryant singled and, with two outs, Russell lined a double to right and into the 15-mph northeast wind. Bryant scored for a 1-0 lead.
"We know we have to step it up a little more and get the lead early in the game and go from there, so we can take some of the stress off our pitchers," Montero said.
With two outs in the Cubs' sixth, Szczur hit a bouncer to third baseman Franco, who threw to first. Szczur was called safe, but the Phillies challenged the ruling and after a review, the call was overturned, and the inning was over.
Phillies: Right-hander Nick Pivetta (0-1, 3.60 ERA) will make his second start when the Phillies begin a weekend series against the Nationals at 7:05 pm. ET at Citizens Bank Park. Pivetta will start in place of injured right-hander Aaron Nola, who continues to deal with a back issue. Pivetta allowed two runs and nine hits over five innings against the Dodgers on April 30.
Cubs:Kyle Hendricks will open the Cubs' Interleague series against the Yankees on Friday at Wrigley Field. It will be Hendricks' second straight start against an American League East team; he faced the Red Sox last Sunday and gave up two runs over six innings. Albertin Chapman will receive his World Series ring on the field pregame. First pitch is scheduled for 1:20 p.m. CT.
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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.
Jeff Arnold is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago and covered the Phillies on Thursday.