Leon Durham hit a two-run homer in the first inning in Philadelphia and Dickie Noles shut out the Phillies until the eighth as the Chicago Cubs ended an eight-game losing streak with a 7-2 victory yesterday before a crowd of 57,652.
The Phillies had won four in a row.
The Cubs reached Dick Ruthven (8-9) for three runs in the first. Bump Wills and Ryne Sandberg singled to start the game and both moved up on a wild pitch. Wills scored on Bill Buckner's sacrifice fly and Sandberg on Durham's 14th homer this year.
Chicago made it 5-0 and finished Ruthven in the fifth. Larry Bowa singled to open the inning, then Ruthven threw late on Noles' bunt. Wills doubled to score Bowa and Sandberg's sacrifice fly off reliever Sparky Lyle scored Noles.
Noles (7-2) appeared on his way to his third shutout when he retired Greg Gross to open the eighth. But Pete Rose singled, Gary Matthews' 16th homer made it 6-2 and Mike Schmidt's double finished Noles. Lee Smith relieved to get Bill Robinson and retired the Phillies in the ninth.
The four-game series drew 174,744, a Phillies' record.