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Gomes, Smyly help lift Cubs to three-game Phillies sweep – NBC Chicago

Yan Gomes hit two home runs, Drew Smyly threw six point innings and the Chicago Cubs completed a three-game sweep with a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

Nelson Velázquez also went deep for the Cubs, who won four straight to shoot .500 under 19 games. It was Chicago’s first sweep of the season and Philadelphia’s first three-game sweep since July 25-27, 2000.

“It’s nice to have a few wins together,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “Very good team win in the all-around. Sweeps are tough.

Garrett Stubbs homered for the Phillies, who failed to gain ground in the race for NL wildcards against the lowly Cubs. Only the Reds, Athletics and Nationals entered the day with fewer wins than Chicago.

“It’s obviously frustrating,” Philadelphia’s Kyle Schwarber said. “You just have to have a short memory but learn from it.”

Cubs starter Drew Smyly (3-5) had a perfect game heading into the fifth, when Bryson Stott hit a two-out double to left center that narrowly escaped a dive from center fielder Christopher Morel. Stott scored on Alec Bohm’s single on the left.

Smyly allowed one earned run on four hits with four strikeouts and no walks.

“He mixed the break ball really well, keeping these guys off balance,” Ross said. “He was in control the whole time.”

Gomes opened the third with the first of his two shots on Bailey Falter (0-3) to give Chicago a 1-0 lead. Morel’s RBI double — his 26th extra-base hit leading the NL rookie — made it 2-0.

In the fourth, Gomes connected for his sixth career multi-home game with a drive at roughly the same spot in left field. And the Cubs pushed it to 4-0 when Velázquez drove Falter’s curveball 75 mph over the left wall two batters later.

“I told Yan he now has all the games of the day,” Ross joked of the Cubs’ backup receiver.

David Robertson threw a scoreless ninth for his 14th save in 19 chances. Robertson had to get out of a traffic jam. With runners at first and second and one out, Didi Gregorius came out on the left, then Robertson hit Stubbs swinging.

“This game will put you on the highest of highs and the lowest of lows,” Schwarber said. “We have to keep doing what we were doing. We saw the results were there just before the break and we have to keep doing that.

Velázquez came off the bench to hit two late home runs in Chicago’s win Friday night, only the second time it has happened to a Cubs player since at least 1901. The Cubs finished the series with eight homers , in addition to 25 points and 33 shots.

Falter allowed four runs on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks in five innings.

CASTELLANOS GOES DOWN

Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson dropped Nick Castellanos to fifth in the lineup from the No. 3 hole.

Castellanos signed a 5-year, $100 million free agent in the offseason but struggled in his freshman year in Philadelphia, entering Sunday batting .245 with 8 home runs and 46 RBIs.

The demotion came a day after Castellanos and a longtime local writer got into a heated post-match exchange that went viral on social media when the reporter objected to Castellanos asking about the fans who booed him a “dumb question”.

Castellanos was booed loudly after pulling his swing out on his first two at bats before receiving loud cheers for a seventh-inning single. He heard boos again after fouling first to lead ninth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs: INF Nick Madrigal (left groin strain) was scheduled to continue his rehab assignment at Triple-A Iowa on Sunday. Madrigal has been out since June 12. … LHP Wade Miley (strained left shoulder) is set to kick off a live batting practice on Monday. He hasn’t pitched since leaving June 10 after three innings.

Phillies: Thomson was optimistic Jean Segura (broken right index finger) could return sooner than expected after practice on Saturday. Segura, who has been out since June 1 and eligible to return from IL on August 3, could begin a rehab assignment later this week.

NEXT

Cubs: Host the Pirates for two games starting Monday night, when Cubs RHP Adrian Sampson (0-1, 3.34) takes on Pirates RHP JT Brubaker (2-8, 4.02).

Phillies: Start a three-game series against Atlanta on Monday. Phillies LHP Ranger Suarez (7-5, 4.07) take on Braves LHP Max Fried (10-3, 2.64).

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