CHICAGO (AP) — Starlin Castro put an emphatic end to his power drought with one impressive drive.
Castro hit a long solo shot in the sixth for his first homer in a month, helping the Chicago Cubs to a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.
Cole Gillespie drove in two runs with a single and a sacrifice fly as the Cubs earned their fourth win in 20 home games since the All-Star break. Castro, Junior Lake, Wellington Castillo and Darwin Barney had two hits apiece.
Castro drove a 1-0 fastball from Zach Miner (0-1) to the center field batter's eye for his eighth homer. The leadoff drive through a steady wind was his first homer since July 31 against Milwaukee and gave Chicago a 4-3 lead.
"I've been kind of struggling," Castro said. "It's been a long time since that happened, so I'm pretty happy."
Castro went 2 for 5 for his second consecutive multihit game. The shortstop is batting a career-low .242, but the homer against the Phillies was one of his hardest-hit balls this year.
"If he can put that kind of swing on that ball to center with the wind blowing in, that was nice and that's your game winner" Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "Balls are coming of the bat like it did a couple of years ago and last year."
Michael Young collected three more hits for Philadelphia, which has split its last six games. Young went 4 for 5 in the Phillies' 6-5 victory in Friday's series opener and is batting .588 (10 for 17) in four games against the Cubs this season.
Kevin Frandsen homered for the second straight day, giving him five on the year, but Philadelphia dropped to 9-7 under interim manager and former Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg.
Carlos Villanueva (3-8) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the win and Kevin Gregg got three outs for his 28th save in 33 chances. Five Cubs relievers combined for four innings of two-hit ball.
"Villanueva got four huge outs and then you can match up to get to your setup guy and closer and set what happens," Sveum said.
"Obviously (home wins) haven't been coming around too much lately," he added. "So it was nice to get the lead and all the relievers did a great job and we made the plays when we had to."