Cubs squeak by Phillies thanks to Yan Gomes

Cubs squeak by Phillies thanks to Yan Gomes

Marcus Stroman allowed one run over seven strong innings, and Yan Gomes’ second hit of the night broke a tie score in the seventh, as the Chicago Cubs handed the Philadelphia Phillies a fifth consecutive road defeat with a 2-1 win on Tuesday.

After yielding a run over seven innings against Colorado to earn his first 2022 home win on Sept. 16, Stroman (5-7) repeated that performance, while also giving up four hits, a walk and striking out six on Tuesday. That lone run came in the sixth on Bryce Harper’s slicing, two-out RBI double just out of the reach of diving center fielder Christopher Morel.

Stroman, who helped the Cubs (68-86) to their sixth win in seven games, was locked into a stellar pitching duel with Philadelphia’s Zack Wheeler. Making his second start after missing a little more than a month with forearm tendinitis, Wheeler allowed only Morel’s 15th homer of the season in the third, four other hits, a walk and struck out five on 62 pitches in six innings.

Clinging to the third and final wild-card spot in the National League and looking for its first postseason appearance since 2011, Philadelphia (83-70) has dropped three in a row and eight of the last 11 overall. The Phillies have been even worse on the road of late, going 5-13 following a stretch of nine wins in 10 games away from home.

Philadelphia looked to have some momentum after Harper’s game-tying hit, but Chicago broke the tie against Connor Brogdon (2-2) in the seventh. Ian Happ opened the frame with an infield single, then went to second on Patrick Wisdom’s grounder.

Happ eventually came home when Gomes ripped a line drive down the right field line for a two-out double to put the Cubs back in front.

After Harper led off the ninth inning with a single, Manuel Rodriguez came on, got Harper on a forceout and recorded his third save of the season by getting Alec Bohm on a game-ending double play.


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