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Chicago,  IL  (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Kalish  led the way with three RBI as 
the  Chicago Cubs  cruised  to  an 8-3  win  over  the Philadelphia  Phillies, 
avoiding a sweep of the three-game set. 

Kalish  went 2-for-3 with  a triple and a double and Anthony Rizzo was 2-for-3 
with  one RBI for  the Cubs, who host the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday in the 
opener of a three-game series. 

"Today,  we happened  to have some balls  find holes, and we took advantage of 
it." Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. 

Carlos Villanueva (1-2) surrendered one run on six hits through five frames of 
work, fanning three and not allowing a walk. 

Jimmy  Rollins went 2-for-5 with an RBI and Chase Utley had the Phillies' lone 
extra-base  hit while  picking up an RBI.  Ben Revere scored a pair of runs in 
the loss. 

A.J.  Burnett (0-1) was knocked around for eight runs -- four earned -- over 5 
2/3 innings, issuing six walks and striking out three. 

"I  was  pitching behind. I  missed first pitches.  The key today was throwing 
strikes. That was embarrassing," Burnett said. 

After  scoring three runs  or less in each of their first five games, the Cub
bested  that total in the first inning with four. Kalish tripled off the right 
field  wall  to plate  Emilio Bonifacio, who  led off with  a walk. Rizzo then 
walked before Nate Schierholtz hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Kalish and move 
Rizzo to second. 

Luis  Valbuena followed with a four-pitch walk before Starlin Castro clubbed a 
double to left center, which scored Rizzo. Then, Ryan Sweeney picked up an RBI 
with a sacrifice fly to center, bringing in Valbuena. 

Philadelphia  got on  the board  in the  fifth with  the help  of back-to-back 
singles  by  Revere and Rollins. Revere  stole second with Rollins at the dish 
and  moved to third on Rollins' single. Rollins then stole second before Utley 
plated Revere on a fielder's choice up the middle. 

Phillies  manager Ryne  Sandberg used his first challenge of the season on the 
play  at first.  Sandberg disputed that Utley  beat the throw but the call was 
upheld and Utley remained out. 

Sweeney  kept  the Cubs rolling  in the  sixth when he  ripped a line drive to 
center.  Revere couldn't reel it in and allowed Sweeney to advance to third on 
the  error. John  Baker was then hit  by a pitch before Bonifacio singled home 
Sweeney.  Kalish then  drove home Baker and Bonifacio before Rizzo knocked him 
in to round out the scoring for Chicago. 

In  the  ninth, Cody  Asche, Tony  Gwynn Jr. and  Revere picked up consecutive 
walks,  which Rollins followed with a dribbler back to the mound. Asche scored 
on the play and Revere scored the Phillies' final run on a wild pitch by Pedro 
Strop. 

                                   Game Notes 

Cubs  reliever  Hector Rondon  has  a  13-inning  scoreless streak  dating  to 
Sept.  3 last season (12 appearances). He threw two scoreless frames, striking 
out  two ...  The Phillies home opener on Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers 
has been postponed to Tuesday, which was a built in off day in case of weather 
...  Chicago  went 4-for-7  with  runners  in  scoring position,  compared  to 
Philadelphia going 1-for-15 with RISP. 

 
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