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Albert Almora's grand slam and homers by Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez vault the Cubs to an 8-4 win over the Phillies

Javier Baez proved Wednesday night he can swing hard despite dealing with a bruised right heel.

Anthony Rizzo showed he can hit for power against left-handers.

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And Albert Almora Jr. displayed his ability to drive in runs from the bottom half of the batting order.

Those three players fueled the Cubs in an 8-4 victory over the Phillies before a crowd of 39,246 on a warm night at Wrigley Field.

Baez, making his first start since Sunday, smacked a 1-2 pitch from Enyel De Los Santos into the center-field seats for his 12th home run of the season in the seventh. Baez, who walked and struck out twice in his three previous plate appearances, pumped his right fist twice before running the bases without a limp.

“It’s not about the timing, it’s about being healthy,” said Baez, who said he will continue to receive treatment for the heel for the next week. “I know I can get the timing back down. I was just worried about getting back on the field and getting back with the guys.”

The 80-degree night, accompanied by an 18 mph wind from the south, pleased Baez.

“Every time we go on the road, we go somewhere hot,” Baez said. “And every time we come back to Chicago, it’s cold or raining.”

Left-hander Cole Hamels experienced one of his roughest outings of the season. He allowed three runs in the first three innings and was tagged for nine hits in a season-low four innings and 99 pitches. But Rizzo took him off the hook, launching a three-run home run off rookie left-hander Cole Irwin in the third. The estimated 437-foot blast hit the Budweiser sign on top of the right-field video board.

Rizzo and Baez are tied for the team lead with 12 home runs.

But the biggest hit of the game came from Almora. With two outs in the fifth, he blasted Irwin’s first-pitch changeup over the center-field wall to snap a 3-3 tie.

“These are the things you dream about,” Almora said. “That curtain call went by so quick. I wish I could have enjoyed it a little more, but it’s something I’ll never forget.”

It was Almora’s first grand slam.

“I heard the crowd and saw Tony (Rizzo) give me the (gesture to take a bow),” Almora said. “It was something special, for sure.”

Said Maddon: “They were happy for Rizz, but they really erupted for Albert’s home run.”

As for Rizzo’s homer, Maddon said it was “Schwarber-esque,” referring to Kyle Schwarber’s blast in the 2015 National League Division Series that landed atop the Budweiser sign. “He almost knocked out the sign. He got the D.”

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Tyler Chatwood came on in relief of Hamels and pitched four-plus innings of one-run ball — an Andrew McCutchen home run in eighth — to earn the win.

“Chatty was outstanding,” Maddon said. “Great command, great stuff again, a lot of movement. It was hard to square him up. So when McCutchen got him, bully for McCutchen.

“It really was about Chatwood. Chatwood made the (win) possible.”

This tied Chatwood’s longest career relief outing, set May 11 against the Brewers. He is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in his last five outings and lowered his season ERA to 2.86.

The Cubs (29-18) maintained their two-game lead over the Brewers in the National League Central.

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