Chris Speier's two-out, bases-full squeeze bunt in the eighth inning scored Bob Dernier to give the Chicago Cubs a 6-5 home victory over the Philadelphia Phillies yesterday.
Three walks, two intentional after Dernier stole second, off reliever Kent Tekulve (4-8) set up the decisive play. Speier bunted the first pitch down the third base line and Dernier broke a 5-5 tie.
"I was surprised at how far back (third baseman Rick Schu) was playing," said Speier. "Normally, they take that play away from a guy who will bunt in that situation. The third baseman dictated that play."
Chicago Manager Jim Frey was as surprised as anyone by "that play." Speier "did that on his own, I didn't order it," Frey said.
Philadelphia starter Shane Rawley yielded eight hits and five runs in four innings. In the first, Sandberg and Moreland singled with two out and scored on Ron Cey's 15th homer. Cey now has seven RBI in three games after a grand total of two in his previous 52 games.
The Phillies started the comeback from 5-0 as Ozzie Virgil led off the sixth against starter Derek Botelho with his 16th homer.
In the eighth, with Chicago up, 5-2, two walks and an error loaded the bases off Cubs reliever Dave Gumpert. Lee Smith (6-4) relieved and got Greg Gross to hit into a double play, Schu scoring, then gave up Juan Samuel's two-run, game-tying homer.