The Philadelphia Phillies backed up strong pitching from Joe Blanton and the Philadelphia bullpen with plenty of offense, beating the Chicago Cubs 5-2 in the second game of a four game series.
Blanton pitched 7.1 innings for the Phillies, giving up eight hits but only two runs, striking out eight while walking none. Chad Qualls picked up two outs in the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon earned his seventh save of the year, striking out two in the ninth.
Philadelphia's offense came mostly in the fourth, with Carlos Ruiz and Jimmy Rollins each picking up a pair of runs batted in. Ruiz added to his totals with a solo home run in the sixth, giving the Phillies more than enough to cover the Cubs' two runs. Byran LaHair and Starlin Castro picked up the RBI for the Cubs.
The next game in the series takes place Sunday at 1:35pm and the expected matchup is Kyle Kendrick vs. Matt Garza.
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