Cubs hit six homers in 17-2 win over Phillies

Washington (AFP) –


Anthony Rizzo and Tommy La Stella hit two home runs apiece as the Chicago Cubs powered past Ben Lively and the Phillies with six homers in a 17-2 rout on Saturday in Philadelphia.

The win snapped a two-game skid for the World Series champion Cubs, who entered the contest three games ahead of Milwaukee in the National League Central race.

"We went through one streak where we got several guys kind of toasty at the same time, we haven't had it with an extended period of time," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "No better moment than the present to try to get that happening for us."

Chicago pitcher Kyle Hendricks picked up his first win since May 24, a span of nine starts.

The right-hander cruised through seven innings, giving up six hits and two runs while striking out a season-high eight.

Rizzo's second homer was a solo shot in the fifth, going back-to-back with Bryant as the Cubs extended their lead to 6-2.

Rizzo added a bases-loaded infield single in the seventh inning, finishing his night 3-for-5 with five runs-batted-in and three runs scored.

Hendricks got in on the offensive action. His two hits included a two-run double during a runaway seventh inning that saw the Cubs score seven runs while sending 11 men to the plate.