Cubs 3, Phillies 4, 12 Innings

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Ben Francisco smacked a leadoff homer in the 12th inning off Kevin Gregg on Tuesday night to lift the Phillies to a 4-3 victory over the Cubs.

Francisco, acquired from Cleveland in the Cliff Lee deal, drove a 1-1 pitch from Gregg (4-4) into the basket rimming the left-field bleachers for the game winner.

The Cubs tied the game in the ninth on Milton Bradley's RBI single, driving in Kosuke Fukudome, who had walked. Bradley thought he had a walk-off blast with two outs in the 11th, but Shane Victorino caught the ball on the warning track in deep center. Bradley did two pushups between innings on the field.

The Phillies took a 3-2 lead in the top of the eighth when Ryan Howard drew a bases-loaded walk off Carlos Marmol. Last year, Marmol walked 41 in 82 games. This season, he's issued 52 in 58 games this year.

The Cubs began the day three games back in the National League Central and knowing they would be without their best clutch hitter, Aramis Ramirez, who received a cortisone shot in his left shoulder.

Starter Rich Harden delivered a clutch performance on the mound. He retired the first 16 batters he faced before he walked Ruiz with one out in the sixth. J.A. Happ popped up on a bunt attempt, which Derrek Lee grabbed, and Rollins ruined Harden's night when he hit his 14th home run to tie the game at 2.

The Cubs grabbed the game's first lead in the third. Milton Bradley doubled to lead off, Lee walked and Jake Fox followed with a RBI single. Geovany Soto then walked to load the bases and Alfonso Soriano hit a sacrifice fly to go ahead, 2-0.

Harden gave up two hits -- Howard also singled in the seventh -- and walked two over seven innings before he was pulled. His Phillies' counterpart, Happ, making his first career start against the Cubs, also did not get a decision. The rookie left-hander scattered seven hits and walked four over six innings.

Ruiz thought he hit his sixth home run with two outs in the ninth, and third-base umpire Dale Scott called it fair. But after the umpires reviewed the play, the ball was ruled foul.


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