CHICAGO (AP) — Roy Halladay had trouble gripping the ball in the steamy conditions, Domonic Brown's sore right heel started to bother him again and the Philadelphia Phillies just kept plugging away.
It turned into the perfect homecoming for Ryne Sandberg.
Michael Young had four hits, including a tiebreaking RBI single in the ninth inning, and the Phillies rallied for a 6-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday in Sandberg's return to Wrigley Field.
"It's a good one to get. Sure, down 5-0 out of the chute," Sandberg said. "The guys battled back. Good energy after that. Anytime you rally to come back like that it goes well with the guys. But yeah, extra special."
Kevin Frandsen had two hits and scored two runs after entering in the sixth, helping Philadelphia bounce back from Thursday's 11-3 loss to the New York Mets. Chase Utley added a key two-run triple.
The Phillies improved to 9-6 since Sandberg was promoted to interim manager when Charlie Manuel was fired on Aug. 16. The Hall of Fame second baseman spent most of his playing career with the Cubs and was cheered all day long in his first trip to Chicago since he was elevated to the top spot in Philadelphia.
"The four hits from Young and the home run from Frandsen, I had some flashbacks," Sandberg cracked.
Anthony Rizzo and Nate Schierholtz homered for the Cubs, who went 3 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left nine runners on base. Starlin Castro had two doubles and two RBIs in Chicago's fourth loss in five games.
"We can't get a big hit to seal the deal," manager Dale Sveum said. "To add on runs is what you preach. We just couldn't add on."
Roger Bernadina used his speed to set up Young's winning hit. He was hit by a pitch from Kevin Gregg (2-4) with one out, swiped second and raced home when Young's blooper landed in front of Schierholtz in right field.
"Fortunately it found a patch of grass out there," Young said. "I've faced him a lot over the years and he's got good stuff. The only thing I was really trying to do was keep my approach relatively simple."
B.J. Rosenberg (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win and Jonathan Papelbon got three outs for his 23rd save. Utley made a great diving stop and throw on Schierholtz's grounder to second to end the game.
The victory wiped away some of the sting of Brown's nagging foot problem. The All-Star, who just returned to the lineup Thursday, was lifted in the sixth due to a sore right Achilles and is day to day.
The Cubs built a 5-0 lead against a struggling Halladay, but Jeff Samardzija was unable to hold on for his third consecutive victory. Philadelphia scored four times in the sixth after Frandsen's sinking liner got past diving center fielder Junior Lake for a pinch-hit triple.
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