Phillies Bats Reappear in 12-2 Win Over Cubs

The Phillies didn't allow their one-game losing streak to grow any larger. After the Cubs pitchers shut down the Phillies offense Wednesday night, the Phillies didn't allow it to happen again Thursday night as they beat the Cubs 12-2 behind Brett Myers. Placido Polanco was the big hitting star of the night for the Phillies, who have won seven of their last eight games and are now 4 1/2 games behind Atlanta in the National League East.

Placido Polanco seems to be taking a liking to the leadoff spot for the Phillies. The second baseman came one long ball away from hitting for the cycle, needing just a homerun to complete the job. Polanco drove in three runs and Jimmy Rollins scored four times as the Phillies beat the Cubs 12-2, taking three out of the four games of their series with Chicago.

Marlon Byrd gave the Phillies the lead in the fifth inning, with a one-out double off starter Carlos Zambrano (6-7). RBI doubles by Polanco, Rollins and Jim Thome gave the Phillies a 5-2 lead through five innings.

The Phillies broke things wide open with five runs in the eighth inning and again, Polanco was in the middle of things. Polanco tripled and reliever Juan Cruz allowed three runs to score on walks as the Phillies expanded their lead.

Brett Myers (8-6) got the start for the Phils and pitched 6 1/3 innings to get the win. The Phillies have now won 7-of-8 as they get ready for the arrival of the Florida Marlins. Kevin Millwood (9-6, 4.03) goes against Carl Pavano (6-9, 4.73) in the series opener Friday night at The Vet.

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