Cubs come out on top in an odd game

PHILADELPHIA -- In the category of weird, the Cubs’ 11-inning victory over the Phillies on Thursday certainly qualifies. A four-hour and four minute game and a one-hour and 17 minute rain delay were the backdrop for the Cubs win.

Tyler Colvin, locked in an 0-for-33 slump going into his ninth inning at-bat, hit what appeared to be the go-ahead homer off Philadelphia closer Ryan Madson. Colvin came to the plate after Geovany Soto tied the game at 3. After Colvin’s homer went in the stands, the umpires deliberated then went into the dugout to check a replay. They eventually ruled a fan reached over the right-field fence and pulled the ball into the stands. The result of the ruling had Colvin back at second base with a ground-rule double.

Colvin agreed with the umpire’s final decision.

“I didn’t see the replay until the next inning,” Colvin said. “You know, I agree it was a double. It’s one of those things we got the replay, they got it right and that’s the way it is.”

The score remained tied at 3 until the 11th when Colvin led off the inning with an infield single. With pinch-hitter Ryan Dempster at the plate to bunt, catcher Carlos Ruiz was charged with a passed-ball that allowed Colvin to go to second. Dempster struck out on a foul bunt then Kosuke Fukudome struck out. Phillies pitcher David Herdon, for some inexplicable reason, tried a pickoff throw at second with neither fielder on the base. As the ball went into center field, Colvin went back to the bag and stayed on second. As the strange inning continued, he then scored on Placido Polanco’s throwing error.

“With two outs, that’s what you’re thinking,” Colvin said. “With two outs you just keep running.”

Left-hander Sean Marshall was the winner, throwing three shutout innings and striking out four. Marshall hasn’t allowed a run on the road since Sept. 11, 2010, a span of 20 games and 18 1/3 innings pitched.

“It was a fun, fun day today,” Marshall said. “It was an odd game with the storm coming in and the delay. But I thought it was one of the most fun games of the year. Everybody was into it on every pitch, guys were all great. Hey, let’s do it again tomorrow.”

The Cubs’ bullpen threw 8 2/3 innings of shutout baseball in relief of Randy Wells who threw the first 2 1/3 but couldn’t return after the rain delay.