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 RBI 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 committed his 24th error of the
season in the sixth inning on Abreu's grounder.