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AP Sports Writer CHICAGO
(AP) ó Cubs manager David Ross came out of the dugout to argue after Bryce Harper drew a walk. Just about everything unraveled after that, and a once-promising season continued to slip away.
Od ̇bel Herrera hit a three- run homer, and the Philadelphia Phillies went deep five times while handing the Cubs their 10th straight loss with a 13-3 romp on Monday night. Andrew Knapp, Didi Gregorius, Rhys Hoskins and Alec Bohm also connected.
The Cubs remained winless since Zach Davies and three relievers combined to no-hit the Dodgers in Los Angeles on June 24. They also extended their worst losing streak since a 12-game slide in May 2012.
The Cubs were tied with Milwaukee for the NL Central lead prior to their tailspin. Now, they are 8 1/2 games behind the first-place Brewers and third in the division.
“We’re obviously trying,” Javier B·ez said. “It’s not fun, let me tell you that. But we’re trying and everybody’s mad. I’m mad about it. The only thing I can do is come back tomorrow and try it again.”
Herrera’s drive against Kohl Stewart capped a six-run eighth that broke open a 4-2 game. Bohm also drew a bases-loaded walk and two more came in when third baseman Eric Sogard mis- played Ronald Torreyes’ grounder.
Knapp led off the third with his second homer, and Gregorius added a solo shot against Davies in the fourth. Hoskins and Bohm went back to back against Sogard in the ninth.
Andrew McCutchen had three hits and scored two runs. He delivered a tiebreaking double in the sixth, and the Phillies scored twice in the inning after Ross got ejected by plate umpire Nic Lentz following a heated argument.
Ross came out of the dugout after Harper led off with a walk on a 3-2 pitch against Rex Brothers (2-2). First base umpire Joe West got between him and Lentz before Ross left the field. The ejection was Ross’ third this season and fourth in two years managing the Cubs. Ross felt Harper benefited from complaining after a 3-1 pitch was called strike two. He also acknowledged he didn’t see a replay of the fastball that was called ball four, and that someone told him it was low and outside. “I can admit when I was wrong,” Ross said.
He also made no apologies for sticking up for his team. “It’s a fine line,” he said. “I don’t want to be the manag- er that complains about every strike when you’re in a stretch that we’re in right now. That’s counterproduc- tive as well. But that one in particular, felt like in the moment he kind of swayed with a high-profile player and a borderline pitch.”