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Rollins sets Phillies hits record, but Cubs win 2-1

PHILADELPHIA -- Jimmy Rollins put himself in the Phillies record books, but his feat couldn't ignite a sagging offense.

Rollins ninth inning lead-off double to right field gave him 2,234 hits, tying Mike Schmidt's franchise record in the Phillies' 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Friday at Citizens Bank Park.

Rollins hit a 1-0 fastball by Cubs righthander Neil Ramirez for his record-tying hit.

He advanced to third on defensive indifference and the Phillies would put runners on the corners when Marlon Byrd drew a two-out walk.

Domonic Brown then hit an RBI single to right, with Byrd advancing to third. Ramirez ended matters by getting Ruiz on a called third strike.

The game also included some fireworks as Phillies starter Roberto Hernandez was ejected after hitting Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro in the sixth inning. That came two innings after Castro had drilled a two-run home run.

In his first at-bat Rollins flied to deep left field. He struck out in the fourth on a 90 m.p.h. cutter and hit a foul popup to third in the sixth.

Cubs starter Jake Arrieta wasn't activated this season until May 3 due to right shoulder tightness. This was his eighth start and tied for his longest outing. He stymied the Phillies in seven innings, allowing just two hits while striking out nine.

The Phillies were coming off a sweep of San Diego and while the Cubs' offense isn't quite as feeble as the Padres' it's well below average. Chicago entered the game 14th out of 15 National League teams with a .299 on base percentage.

Castro's hit a 1-1 90 mph sinker for a two-run home run to left field in the fourth after Anthony Rizzo had walked. It was Castro's ninth home run, just one fewer than he had all of last season.

Later in the inning Tony Gwynn Jr. showed a strong arm in center, throwing out former Phillie Nate Schierholtz trying to stretch a single into a double.

Brown broke Arrieta's no-hit bid with a one-out double down the left-field line in the fifth inning.

With two outs in the sixth, Hernandez was ejected after hitting Castro in the ribs on a first-pitch 92 mph sinker. There was no warning by home plate umpire Mark Ripperger, just an instant ejection.

Manager Ryne Sandberg was then ejected for arguing the call. Mario Hollands then struck out Luis Valbuena to end the inning.

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