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Cubs rally for 5-4 win over Phillies

May 04, 2017

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Willson Contreras doesn’t need to start to have an impact for the Chicago Cubs.

The second-year catcher delivered a two-out pinch-hit double, the key hit in a four-run sixth inning, as Chicago claimed a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.

“The pinch hit by Willson was very, very big,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “He plays with his hair on fire, and sometimes it can actually work against him and he gets over assertive.”

But Contreras was in perfect sync with the moment. He laced a 1-1 pitch from left-hander Joely Rodriguez into the left-field corner to drive home Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward with the tying and go-ahead runs.

Playing in his 99th big league game, Contreras produced is first pinch hit and RBI since a home run in his first plate appearance on July 19, 2016, vs. Pittsburgh.

The victory was the second straight for Chicago (15-12) and gave right-hander Jake Arrieta (4-1) his second victory in three starts.

“I wouldn’t say that was (Arrieta’s) best performance, but it wasn’t his worst either,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. “He still pitched pretty well. We got to him a bit, but we couldn’t continue to get to him.”

The Phillies (12-14) dropped their second straight. Closer Wade Davis, the fourth Cubs pitcher of the night, faced four batters in a scoreless ninth for his seventh save.

Phillies right-hander Jerad Eickhoff (0-3) took the loss after sailing through five innings before getting into trouble.

Eickhoff departed with two outs in the sixth after he put two runners on base and Heyward singled home Anthony Rizzo to trim the Cubs’ deficit to 3-2.

“It was Eickhoff’s game so I let him face Heyward,” Mackanin said.

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