Lieberthal's RBI in Ninth Gives Phils 7 Straight

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Mike Lieberthal singled with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to give the Phillies a 4-3 win over the Cubs. With the score tied 3-3, pinch-hitter Jason Michaels singled to lead off the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice by Placido Polanco. Mike Remlinger then walked Jimmy Rollins, putting runners on first and second. Jim Thome, who homered to win Monday night's game, then hit a fly ball to center, moving Michaels to third before Bobby Abreu drew a walk to load the bases, bringing Lieberthal to the plate and Antonio Alfonseca on in relief of Remlinger. Lieberthal singled on a 2-2 pitch to score Michaels and give the Phillies their seventh straight win.

Phillies starter Randy Wolf lasted six innings, but had already thrown 103 pitches when he was lifted for pinch-hitter Tomas Perez in the bottom of the sixth. Perez came up with runners on first and second and two out, as Larry Bowa looked to get the go-ahead run home, but Perez struck out to end the inning.

The Phillies jumped on top thanks to some poor defense from the Cubs. Errors on Jose Hernandez and Moises Alou helped the Phillies to two unearned runs and a 2-0 lead. Hernandez also failed to make a play on a sharply hit ball by Pat Burrell in the bottom of the fourth inning. The ball sailed down the left field line, giving Burrell a double and driving in Mike Lieberthal and tying the score at 3-3.

The Cubs picked up their first run in the top of the third inning. Alex Gonzalez, who had earlier singled for the 999th hit of his career, picked up his 1,000th hit in style, taking a Randy Wolf pitch into the left field seats for his 10th homerun of the season, pulling the Cubs to within a run at 2-1. The Cubs tied the game in the fourth when Eric Karros led off the inning with a double and scored on a triple by Hernandez. Ramon Martinez then followed with a ground ball to short to score Hernandez and give the Cubs a 3-2 lead, their first of the night.

Mark Prior found himself in some trouble in the seventh. Prior got the first two outs of the inning before Jim Thome got an infield single. Bobby Abreu followed with a single to left, moving Thome to second and ending Prior's night. The Cubs called on Kyle Farnsworth, who struck out Lieberthal to end the inning. Prior finished the night with 6 2/3 innings pitched, allowing just one earned run and striking out seven.

Terry Adams (1-2) pitched a scoreless ninth to get the win for the Phils and Mike Remlinger (4-2) took the loss for the Cubs.

The series continues Wednesday night with Matt Clement (5-7, 4.93) going for the Cubs and Brandon Duckworth (3-2, 5.08) pitching for the Phillies.

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