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Arrieta, Castro lead Cubs past Phillies

Philadelphia,  PA  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Jake  Arrieta  spun seven  scoreless innings  of two-hit ball  to help guide the Chicago Cubs to a 2-1 victory over the  Philadelphia  Phillies in the  opener of  a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park on Friday.

Arrieta  (2-1),  who has allowed  more than  one run in  just two of his eight starts  this year,  walked only one batter while tying a career-high with nine strikeouts.

"Great  job," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said of Arrieta. "It looked like his ball  had a lot of life. He got us through seven innings. He did a really good job."

Starlin  Castro  blasted a  two-run homer  and Anthony  Rizzo walked twice and scored a run for the Cubs, who snapped a two-game skid.

Roberto  Hernandez (2-5),  who lasted 5 2/3 innings before being ejected after hitting  Castro in the  elbow with a pitch, allowed two runs on three hits and two walks while fanning five to absorb the loss.

"We  weren't  trying to hit anybody,  Hernandez wasn't trying to hit anybody," said Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg. "Typically there's a warning if he thinks it's on purpose."

Jimmy  Rollins  tied Mike Schmidt for  the most hits in franchise history with 2,234 on his double off the right-field wall to start the ninth inning for the Phillies, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Cubs reliever Neil Ramirez, who took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth, made the frame interesting on the way to his second save of the season.

Rollins  doubled to  lead off  the ninth  and advanced  to third  on defensive indifference.  Marlon Byrd  worked a two-out walk and Domonic Brown's base hit to  right  made it  2-1. With runners  on the corners  Ramirez got Carlos Ruiz looking at strike three to end the game.

After  a Rizzo walk to start the fourth, Castro smashed a homer to left-center field.

Brown recorded the first Phillies' hit in the fifth with a one-out double that landed  on the  left-field line, but a  Ruiz groundout and a Reid Brignac line out ended the inning.

Ruiz  led off the  eighth with a single to center off Pedro Strop and advanced to  second on  a wild  pitch.  Strop stranded  Ruiz there  by producing  three consecutive groundouts.

                                   Game Notes

Sandberg  was also  ejected in  the  sixth inning  by home  plate umpire  Mark Ripperger  for  arguing about Hernandez's ejection  ... Prior to the game, the Cubs  activated outfielder  Ryan Sweeney  from  the 15-day  disabled list  and placed  utilityman Emilio  Bonifacio  on the  15-day DL  with  right rib  cage inflammation ... Rollins extended his hit streak to eight games, going 1-for-4
... The Phillies were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position ... Chicago is 8-4 all-time when wearing throwback uniforms.

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