Asche’s walk-off HR lifts Phillies past Cubs 7-5

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PHILADELPHIA — Pinch-hitter Cody Asche hit a walk-off, two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night.

The Cubs dropped to three games back of Pittsburgh for the top NL wild-card spot with just their second loss in their last nine.

Hector Rondon (5-4) got the first two outs of the ninth before walking Erik Kratz. Asche followed in the pitcher’s spot and drove the first pitch into the foul pole in right field to help Philadelphia win for just the fifth time in the last 19 games.

Asche was mobbed by his teammates at home plate and doused with water. He got a bucket of fruit punch dumped on him along with a shaving cream pie in the face during a postgame TV interview.

Ken Giles (6-2) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings, striking out three, to earn the win.