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CHC@PHI: Campana uses a great slide to earn single

PHILADELPHIA -- Chicago Cubs center fielder Tony Campana just wanted to reach base.

Sent to Triple-A Iowa after a tough spring, the young outfielder has made the most of his opportunities since rejoining the Cubs this April. So when he faced off against Philadelphia Phillies starter Roy Halladay, it didn't matter that the Cubs had opened the game with 10 straight outs.

"It's a [scoreless] game, and I'm trying to get a hit and get on base," Campana said. "I got a decent [bunt] down, and I was able to get under [the tag]. When I first bunted, I didn't know if it was going to be far enough away, but I got in."

Campana, who went 2-for-5 on the night, then stole second and came around to score the first of his two runs, and starter Paul Maholm went on to outduel Halladay as the Cubs manufactured enough to secure a 5-1 win at Citizens Bank Park.

The Cubs (7-13) had plenty of reasons to rejoice as they won for the fourth time in their last six games, are 5-1 against Halladay since 2005, and Maholm won consecutive starts for the first time since July 4 and July 10 of last season, with Pittsburgh. He went 6 1/3 innings, allowing just a solo home run to Ty Wigginton in the seventh among five hits.

"Once [Maholm] got out of the first-inning jam, he really got going," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, whose team had runners at first and third with no outs in the first inning and failed to score. "He changed speeds well. He was throwing a little slider to the right-handers and getting to them. Once he got ahead, he threw some high fastballs and got away with it. We didn't do [anything] with it and chased some. Actually, that's kind of how we've been on left-handers so far this year."

"Obviously, he's a great pitcher and he's not going to give up a ton," Maholm said of Halladay. "Obviously, I didn't want to go out there and let the first two runners get on base. But, you just have to make your pitches and do what you can and have a chance to get some things going. I think I had one punchout, so that's a lot of ground balls, and the defense played great.

The Phillies (9-11) looked to rally in the seventh after Wigginton's solo shot ended Maholm's night. A pair of two-out infield singles by Freddy Galvis and John Mayberry Jr. made life uncomfortable for reliever James Russell, who finally coaxed a flyout from Juan Pierre. But even that wasn't easy on a blustery night, as left fielder Alfonso Soriano took a step in before tracking down the ball in left for the final out.

The Cubs found a way to beat Halladay on a night he appeared unhittable early, opening the game with three perfect innings. But with one out in the fourth, Campana bunted for a base hit. He then stole second and scored on a single into center by Starlin Castro.

With the Cubs up, 1-0, in the sixth, Campana again reached on an infield single. With one out, a pair of singles by Bryan LaHair -- who has reached base in 16 straight games -- and Soriano, as well as a double by Ian Stewart, gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead. They added on in the ninth on Reed Johnson's RBI triple and David DeJesus' RBI single.

"I don't think you ever have an explanation about beating the best pitcher in baseball," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "It's just one of those things where, tonight, it only took two runs, basically. If he's going to pitch that good, we just seem to do that to him. It didn't look too good after the first three innings.

"When the ball's not going out of the ballpark, [timely hitting] is the only way you are going to score. It's not how you get them on, but when you get those hits when they're on." Comments