By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
April 6, 2014, 5:35 p.m.
A.J. Burnett surrendered four runs in the opening frame and it proved to be too much as the Cubs romped the Phillies on Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field, 8-3.
Burnett lasted 5 1/3 innings and allowed eight runs on the day, four earned, on five hits. He also walked six.
The Phillies had plenty of opportunities to score but failed to drive runners home, finishing 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position.
Chase Utley collected a double in the loss and finished 1-for-3. Jimmy Rollins and Domonic Brown each chipped in with a pair of hits.
Jeff Manship tossed two scoreless innings in relief for the Phillies, notching two strikeouts while walking one.
Carlos Villanueva collected the win for the Cubs, scattering six hits over five innings.
The Phillies threatened to get back into the contest in the ninth after Jose Veras walked the bases loaded and allowed a run, but Pedro Strop eventually halted the threat to secure the win.
The Phillies return to Philadelphia and open the home portion of their schedule on Tuesday afternoon with the first of a three-game series against Milwaukee.