Cliff Lee was atypically inefficient in his use of pitches, throwing 113 in just five innings of work, and the Phillies blew three leads in a 4-3 loss to the Cubs.
Lee walked three batters and surrendered nine hits in his five frames. He allowed three runs (two earned) in the no-decision. At least two Cubs reached base in each inning he pitched.
Kevin Frandsen homered for the second straight day and gave the Phils a 1-0 lead with a solo shot in the second. Chicago tied it in the bottom half with three consecutive singles.
In the third, Carlos Ruiz doubled home Chase Utley to put the Phillies back up, 2-1. But the Cubs again evened the score in the bottom half, capitalizing on a Michael Young error and following that up with two singles.
Young redeemed himself with an RBI triple to score Lee in the fourth. Again, the Cubs tied it — in the fifth — with a one-out, bases-loaded sacrifice fly.
All in all, Lee escaped with less damage done than the Cubs probably should've caused.
Starlin Castro's solo shot off Zach Miner in the sixth gave Chicago the lead for good. The Cubs' bullpen of Carlos Villanueva, James Russell, Blake Parker, Pedro Strop and Kevin Gregg held the Phillies at bay for four innings.
Young was the only Phillie with a multi-hit day. He had three out of the leadoff spot.
Domonic Brown, who has been dealing with a sore Achilles, struck out in the ninth as a pinch-hitter.
Phillies ship McDonald to Boston
After the game, the Phillies traded utility infielder John McDonald to the Red Sox for minor-league pitcher Nefi Ogando.
McDonald will join his fifth organization this season. The Phillies acquired him via trade from the Indians in late June. He began the regular season with the Pirates and participated in spring training with the Diamondbacks.
The 38-year-old appeared in 21 games for the Phillies and went just 4 for 23 at the plate, with one home run. He also pitched one-third of an inning, relieving Casper Wells, in the 18-inning marathon loss to Arizona.
Ogando, 24, is a right-handed reliever who went 2-3 with a 4.09 ERA in 33 games with Single A Salem.