Cubs blow 9th-inning lead and lose to Phillies in 10 innings in Jake Arrieta's Wrigley return

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CHICAGO -- Jake Arrieta received a standing ovation prior to his first at-bat Monday night, and his stinginess enabled the Phillies to rally for a 3-1 lead over the Cubs and Yu Darvish after seven innings.

But things went haywire for both teams until the Cubs, despite a three-run eighth and coming within one out of a win, saw their bullpen fade in a 5-4 loss to the Phillies in 10 innings at Wrigley Field.

J.T. Realmuto hit a home run off left-hander Kyle Ryan on a 1-2 pitch with two out in the 10th to hand the Cubs their fourth loss in their past six games.

The Cubs rallied from a two-run deficit in the eighth off Seranthony Dominguez, who issued walks to Victor Caratini and Jason Heyward.

With one out, Daniel Descalso, who was in a 3-for-33 slump, hit a two-run triple past Andrew McCutchen and Odubel Herrera in left-center, and the relay throw from shortstop Jean Segura caromed into the stands to enable Descalso to score the go-ahead run.

But Brad Brach, the Cubs' third pitcher, allowed a double to Maikel Franco with one out. Segura gained redemption for his error by hitting a bloop single into shallow right field with two out to tie the game.

Arrieta stranded eight runners through the first five innings, and the Phillies broke through for three runs in the top of the sixth.

Darvish didn't allow a base runner past first base until the sixth, when he issued two walks, and Realmuto hit a single with two out to score the tying run. Cesar Hernandez followed with a triple that bounced off the right field wall to score two more runs.

The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the third against Arrieta, the 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner who was 30-14 with a 2.31 ERA in 59 starts at Wrigley Field with the Cubs from 2013-17.


Schwarber ripped a triple off the left-field wall and scored on a single by Anthony Rizzo.

But the Cubs missed numerous chances against Arrieta, who worked out of several jams.

They loaded the bases with one out in the second, but Addison Russell grounded into a force play at home plate and Darvish grounded out to the pitcher.

Schwarber struck out with runners at second and third to end the fourth. And in the fifth, Rizzo was held at third after Heyward hit a single to right. Albert Amora Jr. hit a fly to right, where Bryce Harper made the catch and a powerful throw to home plate to nail Rizzo to complete an inning-ending double play.

Darvish was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the sixth. He struck out seven while limiting the Phillies to four hits.

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