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Utley’s first homer of the season, a drive to right-center in the fifth, gave the Phillies a 3-2 lead. He also singled in Ben Revere in the seventh.

It was more than enough for Hernandez (1-0), who allowed two runs and three hits while throwing only 73 pitches in 5 1-3 innings. Sandberg said Hernandez hadn’t pitched to hitters for nine days because of a weather-related backup, and he pulled the right-hander when his velocity dipped in the sixth.

“We had some balls that just missed,” rookie Cubs manager Rick 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.”

NOTES: The game-time temperature was 38 degrees with a wind chill that made it feel like 28. … Phillies LHP Cliff Lee (1-0, 14.40 ERA) faces Cubs RHP Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 0.00 ERA) on Saturday … Renteria said the team is still deciding whether RHP Carlos Villanueva will start the series finale against the Phillies. Villanueva got the loss in Chicago’s first two games of the season.

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