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Eflin deals, as bats tag Hendricks in Phils' win

Righty takes shutout into eighth, backed by Williams' two-run HR, three-run third
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CHICAGO -- Zach Eflin took a shutout into the eighth inning, while the Phillies' bats scored five runs off Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks -- the most he's given up at home in his career -- helping Philadelphia halt a three-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night.

"Excellent performance from Eflin," manager Gabe Kapler said. "He just attacked the strike zone, he maintained his velocity throughout, he maintained his composure throughout. I thought he was getting stronger as the game [went] on, some of [his] sequences were really pretty."

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CHICAGO -- Zach Eflin took a shutout into the eighth inning, while the Phillies' bats scored five runs off Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks -- the most he's given up at home in his career -- helping Philadelphia halt a three-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night.

"Excellent performance from Eflin," manager Gabe Kapler said. "He just attacked the strike zone, he maintained his velocity throughout, he maintained his composure throughout. I thought he was getting stronger as the game [went] on, some of [his] sequences were really pretty."

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Eflin exited after an RBI double by Anthony Rizzo with two outs in the eighth, having allowed eight hits, while walking one and striking out two. The Phillies righty, who had allowed 12 earned runs over his previous three starts, threw 105 pitches, 72 for strikes.

"I think Eflin did a lot of work getting ready for this start," Kapler said. "I asked him to take a look at how he got left-handed batters out, a lot of people were having these conversations with it, and he went back and studied a lot of video to get a sense for what his best pitches would be against left-handed batters. They had some dangerous left-handed hitters in their lineup tonight, no surprise, no secret. I thought he went after them very well. He went through that Cubs lineup pretty successfully."

Video: PHI@CHC: Eflin grabs the comebacker, strands two

"I think attacking the strike zone with all my pitches," Eflin said of his success. "Being able to keep them off balance and pitching inside. I did that a lot more than usual tonight. I really wanted to attack them, and I was pretty successful doing that."

Eflin also spoke about the benefits of watching video. 

"I've been looking at video the past three or four days, just seeing the success on the four-seam fastball this year, in particular, to get my stride out there and use my legs more," Eflin said. "Kind of coming out of my hand differently. You can call it deceptive or whatever. Being able to do that and attack the lefties and get results like that really kind of proves the point."

Video: PHI@CHC: Santana plates Hernandez with a walk

Hendricks retired the side in order in the first, but Nick Williams tagged the righty for a two-run home run in the second and, in the third, the Phillies loaded the bases and scored on a walk by Carlos Santana, a sacrifice fly by Aaron Altherr and a fielder's choice by Williams. Hendricks threw 87 pitches in five innings.

Video: PHI@CHC: Altherr drives in Herrera with a sac fly

Altherr added an RBI single in the ninth.

Video: PHI@CHC: Altherr plates Santana with an RBI single

The Phillies were coming off a three-game series in San Francisco, where they scored just one run combined while losing all three games.

"Really good win for us tonight," Kapler said. "Especially to be so resilient and bounce back after that three-game series in San Francisco to show this kind of grit. We got back to a Phillies style of offense."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Williams quickly gave the Phillies the lead with one out in the second inning, when he smacked his two-run homer into the right-field bleachers, scoring Altherr, who reached base on a walk.

Video: PHI@CHC: Williams crushes a 2-run homer to right

At the plate again in the third inning with the bases loaded, Williams grounded into a forceout to shortstop Javier Baez, scoring Scott Kingery from third. Williams plated three runs in five at-bats.

Video: PHI@CHC: Williams scores Kingery on RBI forceout

HE SAID IT
"One thing you don't see all that often is every batter in the lineup getting a hit. Wow. Doesn't happen that often, and I think it's worth noting as something special that happened tonight." -- Kapler

"I thought that was awesome. He deserves all of it. Everything he's done for this team since I've been here, everything he's done for me, I can't explain it all. He's an awesome teammate, awesome guy. He deserves all that recognition, for sure." -- Hendricks, on the video tribute to Jake Arrieta after the first inning in the right-hander's return to Wrigley Field

Video: PHI@CHC: Arrieta gets a warm welcome in Chicago

UP NEXT
The Phillies will continue their series at Wrigley Field on Wednesday at 8:05 p.m. ET, sending Aaron Nola to the mound to face left-hander Jose Quintana. Nola has a 52.5 percent ground-ball rate, the second highest mark in the National League among qualifying starters, while the Cubs' batters have the fourth-lowest ground-ball percentage.

Catherine Garcia is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago.

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