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Castro homer powers Cubs over Phillies, 2-1

PHILADELPHIA--Manager Rick Renteria said he resisted the temptation to bat Luis Valbuena in the leadoff spot in the wake of Emilio Bonifacio's placement on the 15-day disabled list.

"Is it tempting?" Renteria said. "Yes."

But Renteria wants to keep the heart of the lineup -- Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro and Valbuena, who is batting .390 since May 13 -- intact.

"And it would be nice to continue to have (Valbuena in the fifth spot), potentially with runners on base," Renteria said.

That means that Chris Coghlan must get on base with more frequency. Coghlan did his part in the first inning but was left stranded.

Anthony Rizzo, however, led off the fourth with a walk, and Starlin Castro followed with a two-run home run as the Cubs held on for 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Rookie Neil Ramirez allowed a run in the ninth, and the Phillies put the tying run at third and the winning run at first. But Ramirez struck out Carlos Ruiz to end the game.

Jake Arrieta pitched seven innings of two-hit ball. Arrieta didn't allow a hit until Domonic Brown hit a double that hit the left field foul line with one out in the fifth. Arrieta allowed two hits, walked one and struck out a career-high nine.

Arrieta extended his scoreless streak to 16 2/3 innings.

In his next at-bat after hitting a homer, Castro was drilled on left arm by a pitch from Roberto Hernandez, and home plate umpire Mark Ripperger ejected Hernandez. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg argued Ripperger's decision, and he was ejected.

Television cameras showed Hernandez checking on Castro's well-being and tapped his chest to show he was sorry.

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