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April 5, 2014

Cubs fall on 100th Wrigley opener

CHICAGO — The historic home opener for the Chicago Cubs looked like so many of their April games over the years at Wrigley Field.

A big crowd on a cold and blustery afternoon. A couple of big homers for the opposing team, and then a quiet ninth inning as the home team goes down in order in a half-full ballpark. Wrigley Field was all dressed up for the first game of its 100th anniversary season.

Welington Castillo hit a solo homer Friday, but the Cubs lost 7-2 to the Philadelphia Phillies in the first home game for rookie manager Rick Renteria.

“We had some balls that just missed,” Renteria said. “They ended up hitting some balls that carried a little bit more. But I think all in all, we did not go in there and have a very good plan of attack in general so it kind of cost us.”

Chase Utley hit a two-run homer and an RBI single for Philadelphia, which finished with 11 hits. Pinch-hitter John Mayberry Jr. also had a two-run shot, and Ben Revere and Domonic Brown had three hits apiece.

“It was cold out there and the wind was blowing. It made it even colder,” Utley said. “But I thought overall we swung the bats pretty well.”

The Phillies also got a strong outing from Roberto Hernandez (1-0), who pitched into the sixth inning in his first game after signing a $4.5 million, one-year contract with Philadelphia in the offseason.

“He did his job today. He looked good,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. “Really liked his two-seam fastball, action on it was going down pretty good.”

Starlin Castro had an RBI single for the Cubs, who have dropped four consecutive home openers for the first time since 1991-94. Travis Wood (0-1) struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings, but was charged with four runs, three earned, and six hits.

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