The Chicago Cubs defeated the Philadelphia Phillies Friday night at Citizen Bank Park by a score of 5-1. With the win the Cubs move to 7-13 on the season and sit in sixth place in the N.L. Central.
Cubs pitcher Paul Maholm was stellar on Friday night allowing only five hits and one earned run in 6.1 innings pitched, lowering his ERA to 6.20 on the season. Maholm outdueled Roy Halladay who allowed three earned runs in 7.0 innings pitched.
Scoring began in the fourth inning when Tony Campana stole second, followed by a Starlin Castro linedrive to centerfield. Campana started things off in the sixth as well with an infield single and then moved to third on a Bryan LaHair single. An Alfonso Soriano single scores Campana and then an Ian Stewart double plated Lahair. The Cubs narrowly missed a fourth run when the Phillies completed a 1-3-2 double play that erased Soriano at homeplate.
The Cubs play the Phillies again Saturday night as part of a four game series.
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