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NL GAME OF THE DAY

Ben Francisco, Jimmy Rollins power the Phillies

Phillies knock off the Cubs, 4-3, in 12 innings.

August 12, 2009|Associated Press

CHICAGO — Ben Francisco led off the 12th inning with a home run against closer Kevin Gregg and Philadelphia defeated Chicago, 4-3, Tuesday despite getting only three hits.

Jimmy Rollins hit a home run for the Phillies, who won for only the fourth time in 12 games and stayed 3 1/2 games ahead of second-place Florida in the National League East. The Cubs have lost five of six games.

Francisco, acquired from Cleveland in the July 29 trade that included left-hander Cliff Lee, lined a 1-and-1 pitch from Gregg (4-4) into the basket that hangs over the left-field fence. Francisco is batting .345 with six home runs and 12 runs batted in in his last 16 games.

Brad Lidge lost the lead in the ninth, his seventh blown save in 28 tries. He was 41 for 41 last season.

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