PHILLIES’ EFLIN AND WILLIAMS CLUB CUBS 6-1!

By Sam Bush

Zach Eflin pitched into the eighth inning, Nick Williams homered and the Phillies ended a three-game slide with a 6-1 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Williams had three RBI and Eflin (2-2) allowed one run and eight hits in a season-high 7 2/3 innings.

“It makes you just want to go after them a little more,” Eflin said of the conditions.

“Just attacking the strike zone with all of my pitches, just keeping them off balance and pitching inside. I did that a lot more tonight and I was pretty successful doing that.”

Edubray Ramos recorded the last out in the eighth and Seranthony Dominguezgot the final three outs — after Ramos walked the leadoff batter in the ninth — to extend his scoreless streak to 14 2/3 innings.

Anthony Rizzo had two hits and an RBI as Chicago’s four-game winning streak came to an end.

Kyle Hendricks (4-5) allowed five runs and five hits in five innings. He struck out five and tied a season high with three walks.

The Phillies grabbed the lead in the second when Williams crushed a high drive through the wind and into the right-field bleachers for a two-run shot.

The Phils added three more in the third as Hendricks displayed some uncharacteristic wildness. Carlos Santana drove in the first run with a bases-loaded walk. It was Hendricks’ second walk of the inning.

Aaron Altherr made it 4-0 with a sacrifice fly, and Williams capped the rally with an RBI groundout.

Eflin’s only jam before the eighth came in the fourth when Rizzo led off with a single and Kyle Schwarber doubled one out later to put runners on second and third. Eflin struck out Javier Baez on a chin-high fastball and retired Albert Almora Jr. on a comebacker to end the threat.

“He’s a very aggressive hitter,” Eflin said of Baez. “I know he’s more aggressive with runners on base and to be able to climb the ladder like that and get him to swing is what I wanted.”

Rizzo doubled to drive in a run with two outs in the eighth, spoiling the shutout bid.

The Phils got the run back in the ninth on Altherr’s RBI single.

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