fell a homer short of the cycle and drove in three runs and
scored four times as the Phillies rolled to a 12-2 rout of the
in an emotional night at Veterans Stadium.
Philadelphia played in front of its third-largest home crowd of the season due to the post-game fireworks show. The crowd of 57,236 gave a standing ovation to McGraw, who emerged after the top of the sixth inning to change the sign on the right-field wall indicating the number of remaining games at Veterans Stadium.
McGraw, a former relief pitcher for the Phillies and
New York Mets
, is recovering from surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor. The Phillies came on to the field to applaud McGraw, who was teammates with manager
on Philadelphia's 1980 championship team.
The Phillies already had the lead before McGraw's appearance and have won 13 of their last 16 games, including eight of nine.
Polanco sparked a two-out uprising in the fifth inning with an RBI double and added a two-run triple in the eighth. He also singled and scored three times to highlight a dominant performance by the top of the Phillies' lineup.
"I don't really mind hitting leadoff," Polanco said. "It's the same as if I was hitting seventh. I would try to get a base hit every at-bat. I just want to get on base for the big guys."
Rollins, who batted second behind Polanco, contributed two hits and two walks and matched his career high in runs scored.
had three hits, including a pair of doubles, as Philadelphia tied a season high with six.
"Polanco has been going through some streaks," Bowa said. "He's like Jimmy. When they start getting their hits, they get hot. The key is having one of those guys on to get to the big boys."
The game was tied, 2-2, when
- who had three hits - doubled with one out in the fifth inning off Cubs starter
Polanco put the Phillies ahead for good with a double and scored on Rollins' two-base hit. Thome made it 5-2 with an RBI double and added a run-scoring double in the seventh.
"We got a lot of two-out hits in the (fifth) inning," Bowa said. "Two-out hits are hard to get. Timely hitting is important."
Philadelphia tacked on five runs in the eighth, sparked by Polanco's first triple of the season. Reliever
issued three consecutive bases-loaded walks with two out to pad the Phillies' lead.
(8-6), who last season recorded his first major league victory against the Cubs, allowed just two runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.
"I think as a team, we play well in front of big crowds," Myers said. "The support is there and it's fun to play in front of big crowds like that."
The Cubs jumped out to an early lead on
's two-run homer off Myers with two out in the second inning.
Zambrano faced the minimum before walking Rollins with one out in the fourth. Thome singled and the runners advanced on a wild pitch before scoring on
's double to forge a 2-2 tie.
It was the first of five doubles allowed by Zambrano, who surrendered five runs and eight hits in six innings.
"Zambrano was going along good, then (the Phillies) started doubling," Cubs manager
said. "It looked like a merry-go-round out there."