Cubs beat fading Phillies, 6-3
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kyle Gibson retired the first 12 batters. Not a bad start.
Then Gibson embodied the Phillies’ late-season malaise and watched 12 straight outs dissolve into three runs allowed in 12 consecutive pitches.
The pennant race in Philly has turned into a September slog.
Patrick Wisdom and Alfonso Rivas hit back-to- back homers for the Chicago Cubs in a 6-3 win over a Philadelphia team running out of time to make a serious run in the NL playoff race.
The Phillies lost again to another team long out of the postseason hunt. The Phillies just dropped three of four at home to Colorado, which is 21-51 on the road.
The Phillies remained 4- 1/2 games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East and 2-1/2 games behind Cincinnati in the wild-card race. San Diego and St. Louis are ahead of the Phillies for the second wild card.
Bryce Harper had an RBI double in the sixth, continu- ing continued his torrid pace, and scored in the inning to make it 4-3. He entered with an MLB-best 1.032 OPS, which would have made the star outfield- er a more serious MVP can- didate had the Phillies truly been in a pennant race. Harper may see his chances wane with each September loss.
Wilson Contreras led off the fifth with a single, Wisdom hit his 26th homer of the season and Rivas fol- lowed with the first of his big-league career. It was 3-1 in 12 pitches.