Phillies 21, Cubs 8
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Scott Rolen hit his first career grand slam, his third homer in two games, and the Cubs allowed their highest run total since 1987 in a 21-8 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.
Chicago gave up double-digit runs for the third straight game and seventh time in 11 games. Things got so bad for the Cubs’ incendiary staff that Gary Gaetti made his third career pitching appearance in the eighth inning.
Gaetti allowed a solo homer by Marlon Anderson _ who was 5-for-6 with two RBIs and four runs scored _ and an RBI triple by Doug Glanville.
The Phillies, who scored their most runs in 14 years, got eight in the first and seven with two outs in the fourth.
Ron Gant doubled and tripled in the first inning and drove in four runs, and Mike Lieberthal and Rico Brogna hit back-to-back homers in the first.
A near-sellout crowd of 58,086 _ the Phillies’ largest since 1995 _ also saw Sammy Sosa hit his major league-leading 31st homer. The three-run shot in the fifth off Paul Byrd (11-4) was Sosa’s first in three games.
The Phillies had their highest run total since setting the modern club record of 26 against the New York Mets on June 11, 1985.
The Cubs have allowed 54 runs in three games _ losing 19-12 to the Brewers on Thursday and 14-1 to the Phillies on Friday. It was the most runs Chicago has allowed since a 23-10 loss to the Mets at Wrigley Field on Aug. 16, 1987.
The major league record for most runs in consecutive games since 1900 is 49, by the Boston Red Sox against the St. Louis Browns in 1950.
The Cubs came within two runs of tying the most they’ve allowed in a game this century, 23. The Phillies have done it two of the four times, including the memorable 23-22, 10-inning game at Wrigley on May 17, 1979.
With the Phillies leading 9-4, Alex Arias and Byrd followed with singles off Dan Serafini, with Byrd’s hit making it 10-4. Serafini walked Doug Glanville, and Scott Sanders walked Gant and Abreu, forcing in two more runs and making it 12-4.
Rolen, who homered twice Friday night, hit a hard liner to left for his 18th homer to make it 16-4. Sosa’s three-run homer to dead center cut it to 16-7 in the fifth.
Byrd tied Curt Schilling for the team lead in victories, but allowed seven runs and nine hits in five innings.
Cubs starter Kyle Farnsworth (2-3), winless in eight straight starts since May 11, was bombed for eight runs _ six earned _ and seven hits in one-third of an inning. In his last two starts, Farnsworth’s ERA is 29.45 (12 earned runs in 3 2-3 innings).
Notes: Gaetti was the first position player to pitch for the Cubs since Doug Dascenzo on July 2, 1991. He pitched in one game in 1997 and one in 1998. ... Every Phillies starter had at least one hit, run and RBI. ... In the Phillies’ first, every batter in the lineup reached base except Rolen, who struck out. ... Phillies doctor Michael Ciccotti confirmed Saturday that left-hander Yorkis Perez has a sprained elbow ligmanent and not a tear. However, starter Dave Coggin of Double-A Reading has a torn labrum and will undergo season-ending surgery on July 12. ... Several of Sosa’s batting practice drives easily made the left-field upper deck. Sosa shouted angrily and gestured toward the batting practice pitcher after one pitch was outside. ... Phillies reliever Joe Grahe pitched two scoreless innings in his first major league appearance since Sept. 27, 1995 with the Angels. ... Steve Shrenk, making his major league debut, allowed Glenallen Hill’s eighth career pinch homer in the eighth. ... With 18 homers, Lieberthal and Rolen tied for the most by a Phillies player before the All-Star break since Mike Schmidt in 1987.