Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Chi Cubs leads 1-0 (as of 7/30)

Game 1: Friday, July 30
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Game 2: Saturday, July 31
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Game 3: Sunday, August 1
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Phillies 7

(52-51, 23-27 away)

Cubs 10

(56-47, 30-20 home)

    3:20 PM ET, July 30, 2004

    Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: J. Leicester (3-0)

    L: R. Cormier (4-5)

    S: L. Hawkins (15)

    Ramirez enjoys second 3-HR game of career

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Aramis Ramirez missed 11 games earlier this month with a sore groin and is still running the bases at less than full speed.

    That's OK, though, when all he needs is his home run trot.

    Aramis Ramirez

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    Aramis Ramirez has failed to pick up the offensive slack for the Cubs with Derrek Lee out of the lineup.

    "Sometimes you don't have to run to play the game," Ramirez said Friday after hitting three homers to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 10-7 comeback win over the slumping Philadelphia Phillies.

    "I'm not 100 percent, but I can play and I proved today I can. It's a good feeling. You see the ball well and you know you can do everything at the plate."

    City officials gave the go-ahead to play the game after the Cubs installed safety nets to ensure fans would not be hit by any crumbling debris that has fallen three times this season at 90-year-old Wrigley Field.

    The only things flying around and out of the old ballpark were homers on a day when a relatively calm wind was hardly a factor.

    Ramirez had the second three-homer game of his career, missing a chance for a fourth when he was left in the on-deck circle in the eighth.

    The Phillies' Bobby Abreu and Pat Burrell homered twice each off Mark Prior and Derrek Lee also went deep for Chicago.

    "We scored seven runs. We think that can hold the game, but things happen," Abreu said.

    The Cubs trailed 6-3 when Ramirez led off the sixth with his second homer off Eric Milton, who pitched eight innings of no-hit ball five days ago against the Cubs.

    The homer ignited the Cubs' rally and six of the next seven batters singled during a five-run inning.

    "A couple of hits here or there and the next thing you know it's a tie game and then things just kind of unfolded," Burrell said. "What else can you do but get ready and come back tomorrow? Guys are frustrated."

    Ramirez hit solo homers off Milton in the second and sixth innings and another bases-empty shot off Roberto Hernandez in the seventh.

    While with the Pirates, he had three against Houston on April 8, 2001.

    "I feel pretty good right now and just need to keep working and keep doing it and hit a career high in home runs this season," said Ramirez, who now has 21. He hit 34 for the Pirates three years ago.

    Milton gave up eight hits and six runs in 5 1/3 innings, including three homers, as the Phillies lost their fifth straight.

    Abreu, who had five RBI, hit his second of the game and 22nd of the season, a three-run shot in the fifth that made it 6-3.

    Prior, still looking for his first win since June 25, had words for home plate umpire Paul Schrieber on his way to the dugout after being replaced. Prior went 4 1/3 innings, giving up eight hits and six runs.

    He said his performance wasn't related to a sore elbow that cost him a start earlier this month.

    "I got nothing wrong physically," he said. "It wasn't I guess a great day to pitch. I don't know what else to say. I didn't pitch well and that's pretty obvious."

    After Ramirez led off the sixth with his second homer, singles by Michael Barrett and Alex Gonzalez drove out Milton.

    Rheal Cormier (4-5) relieved and when pinch-hitter Jose Macias grounded to third, Barrett beat David Bell's throw home to cut the lead to 6-5.

    When Mark Grudzielanek's shallow fly fell over second baseman Placido Polanco's reach for a single, it got by Abreu in right and Gonzalez scored to tie the game. The runners moved up on Abreu's overthrow and Patterson hit a go-ahead RBI single.

    Grudzielanek was tagged out at the plate on a strong throw from center fielder Ricky Ledee, but Patterson moved up on the play and scored easily when Sammy Sosa singled to right.

    After Ramirez's third homer made it 9-6, Hernandez made a throwing error and then his wild pitch sent another run home. Abreu had an RBI single in the eighth.

    Jon Leicester (3-0) worked 1 2-3 innings of scoreless relief.

    LaTroy Hawkins worked the ninth for his 15th save in 19 chances.

    Game notes


    The Phils put LHP Billy Wagner on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left rotator cuff. ... It was the ninth career multihomer game for Ramirez, Abreu and Burrell.

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