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CHICAGO -- Second baseman Chase Utley went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday.

Utley clubbed a go-ahead two-run homer -- his first of the season -- in the fifth inning off Cubs starter Travis Wood, who took the loss on a windy, frigid afternoon at Wrigley Field.

Game time temperature was 38 degrees, but a 23-mile-per-hour west wind made it feel like 28 degrees for the Cubs' 2014 home opener.

Right-handed starter Roberto Hernandez (1-0) worked 5 2/3 innings for the win.

First baseman Anthony Rizzo had the day's first long ball in the opening inning, sending Hernandez's first pitch deep to center before Phillies center fielder Ben Revere hauled it in on the warning track.

One inning later, catcher Welington Castillo clubbed his first homer of the season to the left field bleachers for a 1-0 Cubs lead. His solo shot came on a 1-0 pitch with two out.

The Cubs made it 2-0 with two out the third when second baseman Darwin Barney scored from second as Starlin Castro's grounder bounced off Utley's glove. Barney beat a throw to catcher Carlos Ruiz and a tag attempt.

The Phillies put runners on first and third with none out in the fourth but managed just one run as right fielder and ex-Cub Marlon Byrd scored on first baseman Ryan Howard's single to right.

The Phillies jumped ahead in the fifth on Utley's first-pitch home run that also brought home Ruiz for a 3-2 lead. The wind-aided homer landed two rows into the right-field bleachers.

Hernandez allowed two earned runs on three hits while striking out five and walking one. Left-handed reliever Jake Diekman completed a scoreless sixth.

Wood (0-1) worked into the seventh and gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out eight and walked one.

Right-handed reliever Hector Rondon faced one batter before departing. Left-hander Wesley Wright entered with runners at first and second and one out.

The Phillies opened a 4-2 lead when Utley greeted Wright with an RBI single to right that scored Revere while Ruiz advanced to second. Byrd's ground out moved Utley and Ruiz to second and third, respectively, but moved no further.

Pinch-hitter John Mayberry made it 6-2 with two out in the eighth when he lined Wright's 2-2 pitch into the left field bleachers, scoring Domonic Brown.

That was it for Wright, who left in favor of rookie right-handed reliever Brian Schlitter, making his second appearance of the season. The Phillies hit him for a ninth inning run as Brown's RBI double to left scored Howard.

Revere and Brown each had three hits for the Phillies, who have now two straight. The Cubs, who managed just three hits, have dropped three of four to start the season.

Despite the cold weather fans still came out for Opening Day with an announced paid crowd of 38,283. Around 90 percent of the seats were filled.

NOTES: Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg spent 16 years in the Major Leagues, mostly with the Cubs, so he was delighted to be at Wrigley Field for Friday's 101st opening day. "It's a special day to be here for the festivities, and the memories of Opening Days here, the fan base and the excitement that Opening Day brought." ... 2B Chase Utley still needs one double to reach 300 for his career. He's seventh all-time among active players. ... The Phillies send LHP Cliff Lee (1-0, 14.40 ERA) against Cubs RHP Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 0.00 ERA) on Saturday. The series concludes Sunday. ... Cubs owner Tom Ricketts confirmed reports that the team was interested in inviting investors to help pay for planned renovations to the 100-year-old ballpark. "Most teams are owned by dozens of investors," Ricketts said. "It's unusual for anyone to own 95 percent of a team so we're going to look at whether that fits for us." The Cubs' multimillion dollar renovation plan is on hold due to objections by owners of rooftop seating outside the park. ... Friday's home opener was the ninth all-time against the Phillies while the St. Louis Cardinals remain the most frequent foe to start, playing 25 openers at Wrigley Field. ... Sandburg joined Cubs Hall of Famers Billy Williams, Ernie Banks and Fergie Jenkins to throw out the season's first pitches.
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