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      === Cubs beat Phils as bullpen wrecks another fine Hamels outing ===
 
 Philadelphia,  PA  (Sports Network)  - Donnie Murphy's  three-run homer in the
 ninth  inning lifted  the Chicago  Cubs  to a  5-2 win  over the  Philadelphia
 Phillies on Wednesday.
 
 With  two on  and  two  out in  the  ninth, Murphy  clubbed  a  homer deep  of
 Justin  De Fratus  to deep left field, capping a 3-for-3, four-RBI performance
 which  also included an  early solo homer. Junior Lake had two hits and an RBI
 for the Cubs, who snapped a five-game losing skid.
 
 "I knew he didn't want to put another guy one, I knew I had an advantage after
 facing him last night and he just gave me a good pitch to hit," said Murphy.
 
 Pedro  Strop  (2-1) tossed a  scoreless eighth to get  the win and Kevin Gregg
 spun a perfect ninth frame to nail down his 23rd save of the season.
 
 Luis  Garcia (0-1)  was charged with the  loss after putting two runners on in
 the ninth inning,
 
 "We  have guys  in that bullpen that are  going to be good, we just don't know
 who they are right now," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel.
 
 Starter  Cole Hamels gave  up just two runs on six hits without issuing a walk
 over  seven  innings. Over his  last seven starts,  Hamels is just 2-2 despite
 posting 2.16 earned run average.
 
 Domonic  Brown crushed  a leadoff homer into the bullpen in right-center field
 to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the second inning, but Murphy's first homer
 of the night tied things up in the third.
 
 Murphy  sliced a line drive down the right field line that bounced off the top
 railing  on  the fence  and bounced into  the foul pole  before landing in the
 stands.
 
 Chicago  took the lead  in the fifth inning. Cody Ransom hit a leadoff double,
 Murphy  was  plunked, then  Ransom moved  to third  on Travis Wood's groundout
 before scoring on Lake's base hit to shallow center.
 
 The  Phils  managed to tie  the game in the  seventh. John Mayberry doubled to
 start,  moved to third on an Erik Kratz flyout before scoring on Chase Utley's
 pinch-hit single to center field.
 
 After  Michael  Young followed with  a walk, Kevin  Frandsen laced a single to
 right field. Utley rounded third and broke for home, sliding into the plate as
 Cubs  catcher Dionner  Navarro fielded  Cole  Gillespie's throw.  At the  last
 second, Utley popped out of his slide and drove his shoulder through Navarro's
 chest, bending the catcher's ankle awkwardly.
 
 Navarro  held  on to the  throw and  recorded the out,  but was carted off the
 field  and taken to a local hospital for X-rays, which came back negative. The
 injury is considered a contusion.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Cubs  outfielder Thomas  Neal also left the  game in the seventh inning with a
 dislocated  right shoulder  ... Murphy had just one homer entering the contest
 ...  The  Cubs were 2-for-7 with  runners in scoring position ... Brown joined
 Pat  Burrell and Scott  Rolen as the only two Phillies players to hit at least
 25  homers in a season at age 25-or-younger ... Philadelphia went 2-for-8 with
 RISP  and  left nine runners  on base ... Prior  to the game, MLB.com reported
 that  the Phillies  and Utley  had agreed  to terms  on a  contract extension.
 According  to that  report, the  club has  been discussing  an extension  with
 the fan-favorite second baseman for several weeks. General manager Ruben Amaro
 Jr.  has  frequently stated that he  envisioned Utley as a "Phillie for life",
 but terms of the deal were not available.
 
 
 08/08 00:54:29 ET