By Annie Ross
Ben Zobrist smacked a three-run home run and Miguel Montero added a solo shot that ricocheted off the right-field video board to lift the Chicago Cubs to a 7-2 victory yesterday over the Phillies at Wrigley Field for their fifth straight win.
John Lackey went seven innings and held the Phillies to four hits, including a solo home run by Tyler Goeddel in the seventh, for his second win in his past seven starts. It was the Cubs’ first three-game sweep of the Phillies at Wrigley Field since July 28-30, 1995.
“The Cubs have a very good team,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. “Probably the best team in baseball right now. They beat us. Fair and square, they beat us.”
Chicago improved to a season-high 20-games over .500. What’s next?
“The next goal is 25 over,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said, happy to see his players want to complete the sweep. “Many times you’ll see a team not have the same sense of urgency on sweep day when you can win the series. I like the fact that our guys aren’t satisfied winning a series when you have a chance to sweep.”
Vince Velasquez gave up a season-high seven runs over 4 2/3 innings, and didn’t get any offensive support, which was a theme for the Phillies in the series. Chicago outscored Philly, 17-5, in the three games. Chicago has 18 wins by five or more runs, tops in the majors. The had 16 all of last season.