05/20 23:05 CDT Realmuto homers in 10th, Phillies beat Cubs 5-4
Realmuto homers in 10th, Phillies beat Cubs 5-4
By ANDREW SELIGMAN
AP Sports Writer
CHICAGO (AP) --- J.T. Realmuto hit a solo homer in the 10th, Jake Arrieta
allowed one run over six innings in his return to Wrigley Field and the
Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 on Monday night.
Realmuto connected with two outs against Kyle Ryan (0-1), driving a 1-2
fastball a few rows into the left-field seats to decide the opener of a
four-game series between the NL East and Central leaders.
Arrieta got a warm welcome on a chilly night during the pregame introductions
and was greeted with a standing ovation when he stepped to the plate in the
third inning. He responded by tipping his helmet toward the crowd.
It was a fitting reception for a pitcher whose 4 seasons in Chicago included
an NL Cy Young Award in 2015, a drought-busting World Series championship in
2016, two no-hitters and an All-Star selection. He left to sign with
Philadelphia before the 2018 season.
The right-hander gave up one run in his first appearance at Wrigley Field since
beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of the 2017 NL Championship Series.
Hctor Neris (1-1) worked a scoreless ninth. Adam Morgan struck out Jason
Heyward leading off the 10th, and Juan Nicasio gave up a single to Albert
Almora Jr. before Daniel Descalso grounded into a double play, giving Nicasio
his first save since last June 28.
Philadelphia scored three runs with two outs in the sixth against Yu Darvish
for a 3-1 lead. Realmuto hit an RBI single, and Csar Hernndez followed with a
two-run triple to right that ricocheted off the side wall and bounced over
The Cubs scored three in the eighth against Seranthony Domnguez. Descalso
drove in two with a triple to left-center, then was rewarded home when the
relay from shortstop Jean Segura ricocheted off his right foot and into
Philadelphia tied the score in the ninth against Brad Brach when Maikel Franco
doubled and came home on a two-out bloop single to right by Segura,.
Darvish gave up three runs, four hits and three walks in innings while striking
Anthony Rizzo had three hits, including an RBI single.
Phillies: Manager Gabe Kapler said RHP Vince Velasquez (right forearm strain)
threw on the side Monday and will throw a bullpen session Wednesday. ... RHP
Victor Arano (right elbow inflammation) will seek a second opinion after
experiencing discomfort following a recent bullpen session. Kapler said Tommy
John surgery "doesn't seem like the concern right now."
Cubs: SS Javier Bez was out of the lineup for the first time this season after
jamming his right heel in Sunday's win at Washington. He was hurt fielding a
grounder in the third inning and exited in the sixth. ... Closer Brandon Morrow
has started throwing again after experiencing a setback in his recovery from
offseason elbow surgery. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein said
Morrow threw from 45 to 60 feet Monday in Arizona. The Cubs shut down Morrow's
rehab last month after he didn't recover well from a bullpen session. ...
Epstein also said reliever Pedro Strop (strained left hamstring) threw a
25-pitch bullpen session Monday.
Phillies: RHP Zach Eflin (5-4, 2.89 ERA) tries for his fourth win in five
Cubs: LHP Jos Quintana (4-3, 3.68) has lost two straight starts after going
4-0 in his previous five.
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