Phillies 3, Cubs 0

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CHICAGO (AP)—Randy Wolf wanted to keep this game to himself.

Wolf pitched a four-hitter, and Jim Thome hit a two-run homer for his 1,000th and 1,001st career RBIs to lead the Philadelphia Phillies over the Chicago Cubs 3-0 Wednesday night.

Wolf (11-5) struck out four and walked three, earning his sixth career shutout despite three Philadelphia errors. It was his second shutout this season—he pitched a five-hitter against Houston on May 10.

Before the game, Wolf told Phillies pitching coach Joe Kerrigan how long he wanted to pitch.

“I told Joe I didn’t want any relievers pitching today,” Wolf said. “I like to pride myself on going deep in games.”

Against the Cubs, Wolf threw 136 pitches and closed out the win by getting Alex Gonzalez to ground out.

Chicago’s best scoring chance came in the first inning. Mark Grudzielanek doubled with one out and moved to third on an error by right fielder Bobby Abreu. Wolf then struck out Sammy Sosa, walked Moises Alou and got Eric Karros on a groundout.

“I was able to throw my curveball for strikes. I just went with what was working,” Wolf said.

Only three more Chicago runners got past first base.

“When a guy like Wolf comes out today and pitches like that, you’ve got to tip your hat and give it to him. He made no mistakes,” Sosa said.

Ricky Ledee opened the scoring in the second, hitting a 1-2 pitch into the right-field bleachers off Matt Clement.

Clement (7-9) allowed two more in the third when Placido Polanco drew a leadoff walk and Thome followed with a homer to right that landed on Sheffield Ave.

Clement allowed just three hits in seven innings but walked five. He struck out five.

Chicago’s Kenny Lofton and Aramis Ramirez, obtained Tuesday night from Pittsburgh for Jose Hernandez and minor leaguers, both went 0-for-4.

“I’m very encouraged with the additions that we have here,” Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. “I know everybody wants immediate dividends on the additions, but sometimes it is not like that. These guys are going to come through. We know they can play.” ^Notes: It was Wolf’s 10th career complete game. … Umpire crew chief Tim McClelland returned to Wrigley Field for the first time since ejecting Sammy Sosa for using a corked bat June 3. He worked behind the plate. … The Phillies have committed 14 errors in their last 17 games. … Ramirez committedhis 24th error of the season in the sixth inning on Abreu’s grounder.

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