PHILADELPHIA – Asdrubal Cabrera hit a solo home run with one out in the 10th to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-1 victory over the Cubs on Friday night in a game played through steady rain.
Cabrera connected off Steve Cishek (4-2), driving an opposite-field shot to left-center to help the Phillies pull within two games of Atlanta in the National League East. The Braves lost, 3-2, to Pittsburgh.
Javy Baez hit his 29th homer for the NL Central-leading Cubs.
Pat Neshek (2-1) earned the win with a scoreless inning.
Baez hit a liner out to left off Nick Pivetta for his NL-leading 98th RBI to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the fifth.
Philadelphia tied it at 1 on Cesar Hernandez’s RBI single off Jose Quintana in the sixth. The speedy Roman Quinn hit a double and scored on the hit to left.
Phillies reliever Adam Morgan escaped a jam in the seventh when Baez hit a hard liner to right with two runners on, but Phillies newcomer Jose Bautista reached out to make the catch and doubled Tommy La Stella off second to end the inning.
Seranthony Dominguez struck out Cubs pinch-hitter Victor Caratini to leave the bases loaded in the eighth.
Pivetta pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the third by striking out Anthony Rizzo and retiring Ben Zobrist on a grounder to shortstop.
Cubs: Quintana gave up one run and three hits, striking out seven in
Phillies: Pivetta allowed one run and five hits, striking out six in
La Stella led off the seventh with a single, setting the Cubs’ franchise record for pinch-hits in a season with 21.
Hector Neris, who began the season as Philadelphia’s closer and was demoted to Triple-A after pitching poorly, has 20 strikeouts and hasn’t allowed a run in nine innings since being recalled a few weeks ago.
Cubs lefty Cole Hamels received a standing ovation after a video tribute in the middle of the fourth inning. Hamels was the MVP of the 2008 World Series and National League Championship Series with the Phillies. He was traded to Texas in 2015. Hamels would’ve pitched on Sunday but was pushed back because Joe Maddon is going with a six-man rotation.
“I thought it was good to let him come back and enjoy his three days,” Maddon said. “Knowing him, he’s competitive and he probably wanted to pitch, but I didn’t ask him.”
Cubs: Closer Brandon Morrow (right biceps inflammation) threw from 120 feet. ... Outfielder Jason Heyward was placed on the 10-day disabled list after injuring his right hamstring Thursday night. ... Third baseman Kris Bryant (shoulder) and shortstop Addison Russell (finger, shoulder) are expected to rejoin the team when rosters expand Saturday.
Right-hander Kyle Hendricks (10-10, 3.86 ERA) starts for the Cubs on Saturday night, and right-hander Zach Eflin (9-5, 3.99) goes for Philadelphia. Eflin and the Phillies beat Hendricks, 6-1, on June 5 at Wrigley Field.