The homerun also made a winner out of Vicente Padilla (7-7), who pitched seven strong innings before being lifted for a pinch-hitter to lead off the seventh. Padilla allowed two earned runs on five hits in his seven innings of work. Terry Adams, Dan Plesac and Jose Mesa came on in relief to cover the final two innings. Mesa, pitching for the fifth straight day, recorded his 18th save of the year.
Estes looked like he was going to handle everything himself as he was strong in the early part of the game and provided the Cubs with their first run when he homered off Padilla in the third to give the Cubs a 1-0 win. The homerun was the fourth of Estes career. The Cubs got two more runs in the fourth with three straight singles to start the inning to score one run and a passed ball by Mike Lieberthal plated another run and gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead.
Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with one out for the Phillies in the bottom of the fourth. David Bell then slapped a single to right to score Thome with the Phillies first run of the game. Marlon Byrd then lifted a fly ball to right that scored Bobby Abreu with the Phillies second run, cutting the Cubs lead to 3-2.
Estes seemed to be pretty well in control until he ran into seventh inning trouble. Estes had struck out pinch-hitter Jason Michaels and got Placido Polanco to ground out to start the inning before Jimmy Rollins singled ahead of Jim Thome's homerun that put the Phillies ahead 4-3.