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Kalish and Cubs rip Phillies 8-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 6, 2014 at 6:40 pm •  Published: April 6, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — Ryan Kalish wants to make the most of his opportunity with the Chicago Cubs.

Kalish got his first hit since Sept. 11, 2012, when he rapped an RBI triple in the first inning Sunday in the Chicago Cubs' 8-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. He also had a two-run double and drew two walks as the Cubs avoided a sweep.

Kalish missed all of last season after he underwent neck and shoulder surgeries.

"I've enjoyed every single day," he said. "I'm trying to live my life like every day could be your last."

Kalish made his second start for the Cubs in his first trip to the major since he played for the Boston Red Sox in 2012.

"Every day I just come in and I'm ready for whatever's thrown my way, especially with everything I've been through," he said. "I just want to give it my all when I get the chance."

Carlos Villanueva (1-2) allowed a run in five innings in his first start and third outing of the season for Chicago.

A.J. Burnett (0-1), who signed a one-year, $16 million contract with the Phillies after he spent the last two seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, allowed eight runs, four earned, in 5 2-3 innings. He struck out three but walked six.

"I just didn't get it done," Burnett said. "I was pitching behind. I missed first pitches. The key today was throwing strikes. That was embarrassing. I don't care who you are, that is unacceptable."

The Cubs scored four runs in the first and sixth innings. Their offense broke out after they scored eight runs and were 4 for 40 with runners in scoring position in their previous five games.

"They've strung together a lot of good at-bats over the last five or six days. We just don't have a lot to show for it," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "Today, we happened to have some balls find holes, and we took advantage of it."

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