PHILADELPHIA (AP) Rhys Hoskins hit another homer and Cesar Hernandez ripped a three-run triple to back Jerad Eickhoff, helping the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs 7-1 on Friday night.
Called up from the minors too late to get a nickname on the back of his uniform for Players Weekend, Hoskins has put on a tremendous power display. He has nine homers and 21 RBIs in 16 games. No player in major league history has reached nine homers that quickly, according to MLB.com.
Eickhoff (4-7) allowed one run and five hits, striking out eight in five innings. He has won four straight decisions.
Jose Quintana (4-3) gave up six runs and nine hits in five innings, tying his worst start in eight outings since the Cubs acquired him from the White Sox.
Kyle Schwarber hit a solo homer in the first for NL Central-leading Chicago.
Hoskins connected in the bottom half to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead.
Hernandez lined a bases-clearing triple in the second to make it 5-1 and Freddy Galvis followed with an RBI single.
Hoskins was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Aug. 10 after hitting 29 homers in 401 at-bats for the IronPigs. He went 0 for 12 to start his career so he has hit those nine homers in his last 13 games.
Maikel Franco hit a solo homer in the eighth to make it 7-1.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon admitted he’s been dyeing his hair a darker shade of gray and joked about trying to achieve the blue-steel color Ben Stiller rocked in the Zoolander movie.
Cubs: Jake Arrieta wore ”The Snake” on his uniform. Ben Zobrist is ”Zorilla.” Javier Baez is ”El Mago.” It means the magician in Spanish.
Phillies: Jorge Alfaro is ”El Oso.” It means the bear in Spanish. Andres Blanco is ”Whitey.”
CUBS: P Jon Lester threw a bullpen session Friday for the first time since going on the disabled list because of left shoulder fatigue. He threw 42 pitches in the bullpen and is set to throw a simulated game Monday.
PHILLIES: OF Daniel Nava was activated from the disabled list. He replaced P Jake Thompson on the roster. Thompson was sent to Triple-A Lehigh Valley after starting Thursday’s game.
RHP Kyle Kendricks (4-4, 3.52 ERA) goes for the Cubs on Saturday night while RHP Ben Lively (1-4, 3.70) takes the mound for the Phillies.