PHILS CELLY MLB-BEST 57-29 RECORD, 9-GAME NL EAST LEAD!

By Sam Bush

Edmundo Sosa’s short sacrifice fly in the eighth and Whit Merrifield’s RBI single gave the Phillies a 5-3 win over the Cubs.

Trea Turner easily scored from third on Sosa’s 261-foot fly to put the Phillies ahead when rookie center fielder Pete Crow-Armstrong’s throw was well up the first base line.

Turner, who missed six weeks with a left hamstring strain, said he’s feeling good after getting two hits and scoring two runs against Chicago.

“Today I felt like there were some plays when I needed to be, you know, quick and needed to have that next gear,” Turner said.

“Went for it and everything’s good.”

All-Star Alec Bohm hit his 11th home run, a two-run shot, and finished with two hits as the Phillies won their third straight.

“The cool part about it is being up 3-2,” Bohm said of his drive that put the Phillies ahead. “But any time you can hit a homer you’re happy about it for sure.”

Philadelphia backup catcher Rafael Marchán hit a homer and doubled in his 12th game since being recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on June 11 after three-time All-Star J.T. Realmuto was hurt.

The Phillies, who have the majors’ best record at 57-29, improved to 4-1 playing without All-Star Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwarber.

Phillies starter Zack Wheeler allowed two runs on five hits in six innings, while striking out seven and walking two. Matt Strahm (4-1) pitched the seventh and got the win despite allowing a run on Bellinger’s game-tying single.

José Alvarado worked around a single in the ninth for his 13th save. Center fielder Johan Rojas made a diving catch of Nico Hoerner’s liner for the second out.

 

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