Raul Ibanez's 8th-inning single drove in Chase Utley from second to snap a 4-4 tie, and Jose Contreras worked out of a first-and-third, no-out jam in the 9th, as the Phillies beat the Cubs 5-4 to split their two game set.
Beerleaguer: In a game of standout performers, the excellence of Chase Utley shined brightly. The All-Star second baseman sent a solo shot over the right-field fence in the first, but contributed just as much with his base-running savvy on Ibanez's game-winning single. Jimmy Rollins accounted for the bulk of the Phillies' scoring with a three-run homer. And just when it looked like the Cubs had located the Phils' pressure point in the 'pen, tying the game 4-4 on a Kosuke Fukudome homer off Antonio Bastardo in the eighth, Danys Baez retired the next three batters, then Contreras ended it with a pair of strikeouts and a pop-out. This was a true save situation, the first in the post-Brad Lidge and Ryan Madson era. After Contreras found the strike zone, perhaps rusty from a five-day layoff, the 38-year-old rookie closer handled the ninth with poise, and is absolutely unafraid to pitch inside.