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Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryne Sandberg fittingly managed his team to 
a win on the 100th anniversary of famed Wrigley Field Friday afternoon. 

Unfortunately  for  Chicago Cubs fans,  Sandberg was managing the Phillies and 
not the team that made him a household name as a Hall-of-Fame second baseman. 

Chase Utley homered and drove in three runs and Philadelphia spoiled the Cubs' 
home opener with a 7-2 win on a crisp, overcast day in the Windy City. 

John  Mayberry clubbed a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the eighth inning to give 
the Phillies some breathing room, something they sorely needed having suffered 
consecutive walk-off losses to the Rangers in their opening series. 

Offseason  acquisition Roberto  Hernandez (1-0) yielded two runs on three hits 
and a walk over 5 1/3 effective innings to pick up his first NL victory. 

Travis Wood (0-1), Chicago's lone All-Star last year, was tagged for four runs 
--  three earned  -- on six hits over  6 1/3 innings as the Cubs dropped their 
fourth straight home opener. 

Wrigley Field was without its signature green ivy along the outfield wall, but 
the nostalgia was nonetheless present for a park that opened in 1914 and began 
serving as the Cubs' home two years later. 

Chicago  started the  season on the road in Pittsburgh and salvaged the three- 
game series with a 3-2 win on Thursday. 

Welington  Castillo staked the  club to an early lead Friday when he crushed a 
solo  homer  into the left-field bleachers  in the second, and Darwin Barney's 
heads-up baserunning led to another run in the third. 

After  singling and getting sacrificed to second, Barney never stopped running 
when  Starlin Castro bounced one into the hole on the right side. Utley ranged 
to  his  left and made a  diving stop, but  the ball squirted away and Utley's 
throw home was not in time to get a hustling Barney. 

The  Phillies countered  with seven unanswered runs, first taking advantage of 
shoddy  fielding in the fourth as Marlon Byrd reached on Luis Valbuena's error 
and  scored when  Domonic Brown's  two-hopper bounced  over Castro's  glove at 
short. 

"We  were just  trying to put some  good at-bats together. We got some guys on 
base,"  Utley said.  "I felt like we got  a lot of guys on base throughout the 
course of the game. We were able to capitalize on a few of those." 

Utley  hit what  turned into the deciding  homer in the fifth, as his towering 
shot  carried into  the  seats in  right-center  for his  first  home run  and 
scored Carlos Ruiz -- who singled in the previous at-bat -- ahead of him. 

In  the seventh, Ben  Revere scored from second when Utley singled in front of 
Ryan  Sweeney in right, and Mayberry took Wesley Wright deep to left an inning 
later with a line drive into the left-field bleachers. 

Brown's double over Junior Lake's head in left field plated a slow-moving Ryan 
Howard all the way from first in the ninth to account for the final margin. 

Jake  Diekman, Justin  De Fratus,  Antonio Bastardo,  Mario Hollands  and Jeff 
Manship kept the Cubs hitless over the final 3 2/3 innings. 

"We've  been  having good  at-bats. I  think guys  are seeing pitches," Barney 
said.  "We're getting to the starter a little bit, getting his pitch count up, 
but we're not keying in on certain situations." 

                                   Game Notes 

Revere  and  Brown each recorded  three of the Phillies'  11 hits ... The Cub
only  had one  runner in scoring position past the third ... Emilio Bonifacio, 
who went 11-for-16 against the Pirates, went 0-for-3 with a walk ... Sandberg, 
along  with  fellow Cubs Hall-of-Famers  Fergie Jenkins, Ernie Banks and Billy 
Williams, joined together in throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. 

 
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