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Phillies Hold Off Cubs 8-7

Chris Volstad #32 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning on May 17, 2012 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Chris Volstad #32 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning on May 17, 2012 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (AP) — Roy Halladay threw eight strong innings for his first victory in a month and the Philadelphia Phillies held on for an 8-7 win over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night.

Halladay (4-3) hadn’t won since April 16, a span of five starts, and had lost three straight decisions to match a career high, but held the Cubs to three runs and scattered seven hits. The two-time Cy Young winner has allowed three earned runs or fewer in eight of his nine starts this season.

Chicago’s Welington Castillo’s stroked a two-out, three-run double in the ninth against Phillies LHP Jake Diekman to close the gap to two runs. Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon came on and allowed an RBI single to Darwin Barney, but got Reed Johnson on a grounder to third for his 11th save of the season.

 

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