Saturday, April 5, 2014

Lee bounces back and Utley helms offense; Phillies beat Cubs 2-0

By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
April 5, 2014, 5:15 p.m.
@Philabaseball

Cliff Lee tossed seven scoreless innings striking out six and Chase Utley collected three hits to push the Phillies past the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday afternoon, 2-0. 

Lee threw 104 pitches, 74 for strikes, and surrendered 10 hits. 

The Cubs finished the day 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.

Utley put the Phillies on the board in the opening frame, depositing a Jeff Samardzija fastball into the seats in right center to give the visitors an early 1-0 advantage. He then led the Phillies charge in the fourth, opening the inning with a walk and eventually scoring from second on a Domonic Brown single to left. 

The Cubs threatened in the seventh with Nate Schierholtz and Starlin Castro each reaching base via singles, but Lee got Justin Ruggiano to chase a cutter to strikeout and end the threat.   

Utley collected the 300th double of his career in the eighth.

Jonathan Papelbon, who blew a save opportunity by coughing up a two-run lead on Wednesday, pitched a perfect ninth to record the save. 

The two clubs conclude their three-game set on Sunday afternoon.

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