Werth's homer lifts Phillies over Cubs 4-1

July 22, 2009 3:31:29 AM PDT
Jayson Werth hit a three-run homer with two outs in the 13th inning to send the Philadelphia Phillies to their 10th straight victory, 4-1 over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night. The NL East-leading Phillies are on their longest winning streak in 18 years. They won 13 in a row from July 30 to Aug. 12, 1991.

Jimmy Rollins homered and the Phillies got another strong outing from Joe Blanton, who allowed one run in seven innings. Four relievers threw six hitless innings. Clay Condrey (6-2) tossed a perfect inning to earn the win.

Jeff Samardzija (0-1) retired the first two batters he faced before walking Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez. Werth then connected on a 1-1 pitch, launching his 21st homer into the seats in left.

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