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CHICAGO -- It ended up being a glorious day for Ryne Sandberg, the Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer who returned to Wrigley Field for the first time as an opposition manager on Friday.

But it took Michael Young's two-out base hit in the ninth to finally make it a success.

Young snapped a 5-5 tie with a single to score Roger Bernadina as the Philadelphia Phillies completed a rally from a 5-0 deficit to top the Cubs 6-5 on a steamy late summer afternoon.

"The guys battled all the way through and it's been the characteristic of them at least the last two weeks," said Sandberg, the Phillies interim manager. "We had three walk-off wins and some late-inning offense.

"(And) the bullpen was good, They've been on a roll the last couple of weeks."

Bernadina reached based by being hit by a Kevin Gregg pitch. He then stole second and came home with what proved to be the game-winning run on Young's single to right.

"I just hit the ball on ground and fortunately it found a patch of grass out there," said Young, who went 4-for-5 with two RBIs. "I've faced (Gregg) a lot over the years and he's got good stuff. The only thing I was really trying to do was keep my approach relatively simple."

Right-hander B.J. Rosenberg (1-0), the fourth of five Phillies pitchers, got the win after working one inning and striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his 23rd save.

Gregg (2-4) took the loss after working the ninth.

Pitching on a sunny afternoon with temperatures in the low 90s, Phillies starter Roy Halladay gave up five earned runs on seven hits through five innings and had no decision. He walked a pair, struck out one and hit a batter.

For Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija, the reigning National League co-player of the week, the outing was an improvement over his last game against the Phillies. On Aug. 8 he allowed nine runs on 11 hits in 3 1/3 innings.

On Friday, Samardzija ran into trouble in the sixth and seventh innings and departed after 6 2/3 innings. He gave up five earned runs on eight hits.

The Cubs grabbed the early lead as Anthony Rizzo lined a first-pitch solo home run to right center off Halladay in the opening inning. Rizzo'a 21st homer of the season gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead.

The Cubs added two runs in the fourth. Nate Schierholtz led off with a homer to right field for his 20th of the season to make it 2-0.

Donnie Murphy then doubled and Brian Bogusevic followed with a walk. Both scored on Starlin Castro's two-out double to deep right for a 4-0 lead.

Bogusevic singled home Rizzo for a 5-0 lead in the fifth but was caught at second base trying to stretch his hit into a double.

Samardzija gave up four straight hits in the sixth and hit a batter as the Phillies scored four times.

Kevin Frandsen, pinch-hitting for Halladay in the sixth, tripled to deep center as Junior Lake misjudged his liner and the ball bounced to the wall. Frandsen came home on Young's single to right. Jimmy Rollins followed with a base hit to center, and both came home on Chase Utley's triple.

Utley scored on Domonic Brown's grounder to second, narrowing the Phillies' deficit to 5-4.

"They just put the bat on the ball really," Samardzija said. "A couple of key kits and kept runners on base which kept the pressure on me and (I) found too much of the plate."

Samardzija stayed in the game and gave up a game-tying solo homer to Frandsen in the top of the seventh.

The Cubs threatened in the seventh with Schierholtz at first and Dioner Navarro at second with two out. Pinch hitter Darnell McDonald's singled into the right field corner, but Phillies' outfielder John Mayberry threw to catcher Carlos Ruiz, who tagged out Navarro at the plate

Sandberg, a 10-time All-Star and 1984 NL MVP with the Cubs, was named Phillies' interim manager on Aug. 16. Sandberg succeeded Manuel, who had five NL East titles, two pennants and a World Series champion in nine Philadelphia seasons.

'It's been living the dream and I'm happy where I'm at," Sandberg said.

NOTES: The three-game series is the Phillies' lone trip to Wrigley Field this season. Philadelphia took two of three from Chicago earlier in August at Citizens Bank Ballpark. ... 1B Darin Ruf's nine homers in August are the most by a Phillies rookie since Ryan Howard hit 10 in September 2005. ... Schierholtz' fourth-inning homer gave him his first career 20-homer season. ... The Cubs are in the midst of a five-day stretch in which they face four former Cy Young winners: Los Angeles' Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, and Philadelphia's Halladay and Cliff Lee. ... Samardzija earned NL player of the week honors for games through Aug. 26 with back-to-back wins, including a complete game 11-1 victory over Washington.
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