By Sam Bush
Aaron Nola yielded Christopher Morel’s three-run homer in the fifth inning, and the Phillies lost 4-2 to the Chicago Cubs.
Philadelphia (83-71) dropped its third consecutive game. The Phillies are trying to hold off Milwaukee for the third NL wild card and earn their first playoff appearance since 2011.
Nola (10-13) was charged with four runs — all in the fifth — and five hits in six innings. The right-hander struck out eight and walked none.
Chicago (69-86) won for the seventh time in eight games. Rookie right-hander Hayden Wesneski (3-1) pitched five effective innings, and Yan Gomes drove in the team’s first run.
Manuel Rodriguez got two outs for his fourth save. He entered with a runner on first and retired J.T. Realmuto on a soft liner to shortstop before Alec Bohm bounced into a forceout at second.