Cubs benefit from error, top Phils in 10

Cubs benefit from error, top Phils in 10

PHILADELPHIA -- The Cubs can use a day off.

They played their third extra-inning game in the last six on Sunday, edging the Phillies, 6-5, in 10 innings to avoid being swept and finish their Pennsylvania road trip at 4-2.

The offense has scuffled on this trip, and the game-winning run was a perfect example. With the game tied at 5 in the Cubs' 10th, Rudy Seanez walked Ronny Cedeno, who advanced on Ryan Theriot's sacrifice. Geovany Soto walked, and pitcher Carlos Zambrano, batting for Kerry Wood, hit what should've been a double-play ball.

The Phillies did get the force at second, but Chase Utley's throw to first bounced for an error, allowing Cedeno to score.

"Z put the ball in play and he hustled," second baseman Mark DeRosa said. "That shows the character of this team."

Derrek Lee forced extra innings in the Phillies' ninth when he snared Carlos Ruiz's hard-hit ball on one hop, spun and beat him to the bag to strand two runners. It was a Gold Glove-quality play.

DeRosa got a home run that wasn't. In the sixth, he lined the ball to left and it definitely cleared the fence. The question was whether it was fair. The fans in the left-field corner at Citizens Bank Park thought the ball went outside the foul pole as did Phillies left fielder Pat Burrell, third baseman Pedro Feliz and manager Charlie Manuel. Manuel argued the longest, and was ejected.

"I thought it was fair," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "You're asking the wrong guy. It looked fair to me. All I needed was to see the umpire's finger pointing. That was enough for me."

Piniella then asked the media what the television replay showed. The ball looked foul.

"It was foul? You mean, the umpires were wrong?" said Piniella, sarcastically. "It looked fair to me. It really, really did. I thought it had hooked around the pole.

"The umpire was in a really good position to call the play," Piniella said. "Obviously, so was Charlie Manuel. When Charlie gets mad, he doesn't look mad. I get a kick out of that -- not that Charlie got kicked out."

The homer gave the Cubs a 4-2 lead, but the Phillies responded with a rally in the sixth. Eric Bruntlett led off with a home run off Michael Wuertz, who then gave up three straight singles, including an RBI single by Jayson Werth to tie the game. Sean Marshall replaced Wuertz, and Utley greeted him with a go-ahead sacrifice fly.

The Cubs tied the game in the eighth. Tom Gordon walked DeRosa, who was lifted for Cedeno. Theriot singled and Gordon departed. Soto greeted J.C. Romero with an RBI single to tie the game at 5.

With the win, the Cubs ended their first road trip with a few more questions.

"We haven't been consistent," Piniella said. "We've had some good offensive days, and we've had other days where we haven't done much.

"About the only thing I can do is start putting more speed into the lineup," he said. "When you don't have much speed and you're not hitting, you look lethargic on the field. The possibility there is to put as much speed as we can and force the action a little more. We've done that in a few games, but I've basically stayed in a set lineup. Outside of that, we just have to keep working."

Felix Pie will be back in the lineup Tuesday night when the Cubs open an eight-game homestand against the Reds and former manager Dusty Baker.

The Phillies kept the Cubs off balance with offspeed pitches this series. Cole Hamels used an overload of changeups on Saturday. What should the hitters do in those situations?

"You've got to go the other way with the ball a little more, and stay on it longer," Piniella said. "With our team, I think patience is not our biggest strength. One thing I can do is play a quicker team and that's in the back of my mind."

On Sunday, Jason Marquis did well in his first start since April 5 after being sidelined because of strep throat. The right-hander gave up two runs on four hits, including a solo homer by Werth leading off the fifth. Marquis was pulled after five innings.

Speaking of pitchers, Piniella found a way to say hello to Jamie Moyer in the fifth. Alfonso Soriano appeared to be safe on a ground ball to third baseman Pedro Feliz, and Piniella questioned first-base umpire Tim Welke about the call. As he was headed back to the dugout, he exchanged words with Moyer, who pitched for Piniella in Seattle. It was all smiles.

"These guys battled," Piniella said. "To go home 4-2, it's a good road trip. Three extra-inning ballgames -- we'll take them. We played a lot of baseball on this road trip, I can tell you that."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.