Manager Lee Elia said he was not afraid the Chicago Cubs would set a team record for consecutive defeats yesterday--even though they committed six errors and gave up 11 runs.
With Bump Wills driving in four runs with four hits, including his first home run in Wrigley Field, the Cubs held on to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies, 12-11, ending their 13-game losing streak.
Leon Durham also drove in four runs, two with a home run in the eighth, as the Cubs finished with 19 hits off five pitchers.
"Setting a record never entered my mind; records are just records," Elia said. "There's never been an attitude problem here. When you lose 11 of 13 with a differential of one run, you're snake-bitten." The team also lost 13 in a row in 1944.
Wills had an RBI single in a five-run second and hit a three-run homer in the fifth for the Cubs, who had not won since May 29.
The Cubs still had a scare in the ninth inning. Philadelphia scored four runs, three coming on a homer by Gary Matthews, before reliever Bill Campbell got the final out.
"When we got our lead up to five runs, I didn't think we'd need it," Durham said of his homer, which provided the winning run. But when someone referred to the 20-mph winds at Wrigley Field, he reconsidered: "No lead is secure in this park with the wind blowing out."