CHICAGO -- The Philadelphia Phillies missed Michael Youngs bat. A day after trading the infielder to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Phillies managed just four hits in a 7-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. "The way hes been going this road trip, a bat like that can hit anywhere in the top five spots," Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He helped us win games on this road trip. Youll miss a bat like that." Darin Ruf hit his 12th home run in the fourth inning off Jake Arrieta, who allowed three hits and a run while pitching into the seventh inning. The Phillies went 3-4 on the trip against the Mets and the Cubs. Arrieta (2-1) retired eight of the first nine batters. Acquired from the Baltimore Orioles on July 2, Arrieta has been inconsistent in his four starts since joining the rotation Aug. 16. But this time he worked around three walks with only two Phillies advancing beyond second base in 6 2-3 innings. "A lot of our guys didnt have too much of a history with him," Sandberg said. "First time through the lineup, he was pretty sharp. That trend continued. Guys had a tough time making adjustments." Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick (10-12) tied his career-long losing streak of four games. He allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings. "You fall behind, its tough to pitch," Kendrick said. "I went in and fell behind. Thats what happens." Kendrick has thrown six innings or less in each of his last nine starts. He hasnt won since Aug. 6 when he allowed five runs (four earned) in six innings against the Cubs. "He just didnt have his two-seam fastball he can throw to the front side of a left-handed hitter and he can throw it to right-handed hitters and get groundballs," Sandberg said. "He wasnt able to get groundballs for double plays. He was pitching up thigh level without the sink to it. Those balls got hit in the gaps with men on base." Three Cubs relievers combined for 2 1-3 shutout innings. The victory gave the Cubs their first consecutive home wins since a stretch of three straight July 6-9. Catcher Welington Castillo drove in two runs to lead the Cubs. Ryan Sweeney, activated from the 60-day disabled list Sunday, delivered in his first at-bat since breaking a left rib when he crashed into the centre field wall June 29 in Seattle. Sweeneys single scored Darwin Barney from second to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the first inning. "To get that first hit back under the belt was huge," Sweeney said. Anthony Rizzos double off the right field wall -- just out of reach of a leaping Ruf -- scored Starlin Castro from first extending the Cubs lead in the third. Ruf got a run back in the fourth, hitting a solo homer off Arrieta to cut the Phillies deficit to 2-1. The Phillies have lost 21 of their last 23 games when scoring three runs or less. The Cubs broke the game open in the bottom half, starting the inning with three consecutive hits, including back-to-back doubles by Brian Bogusevic and Castillo. Castillos double drove in two runs. Arrieta hit a flyball to right and Castillo advanced to third. Kendrick struggled with his command, missing in the strike zone and hitting Castro with one out to put runners on the corners. Ruf delivered an on-target throw home on Barneys sacrifice fly. However, Phillies catcher Erik Kratz couldnt hold onto the ball when he went to tag Castillo, giving the Cubs another run and a 5-1 lead. Pinch-hitter Luis Valbuena, who was activated from the 15-day DL before the game, drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth against Phillies reliever J.C. Ramirez and Castro added a sacrifice fly for two insurance runs and a 7-1 lead. NOTES: With two spots open after the Phillies made two trades Saturday, INF/OF Cesar Hernandez and Michael Martinez were recalled from Triple-A Lehigh before Sundays game. 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The Thunder won, despite shooting just 42 per cent from the field.I thought we did a good job of playing defence for 48 minutes and not letting our offence dictate our defence, Westbrook said.Westbrook shot just 7 for 22 from the field, but was 4 for 6 and scored 11 points in the fourth quarter to help the Thunder remain in control. Ibaka played one of his best games of the season. He made 6 of 13 shots and had two blocks and two steals.Reserves Anthony Morrow and Reggie Jackson each added 14 points to help Oklahoma Citys bench outscore Minnesotas 45-21. The Thunder reserves are used to coming up big because Durant has missed 24 games this season.I think what is the case now is we dont have that shock factor, Thunder forward Nick Collison said. We understand that were capable of playing and were fine.Andrew Wiggins scored 23 points, Thaddeus Young had 22 and Gorgui Dieng had a season-high 18 rebounds for the league-worst Timberwolves, who shot a season-low 34.1 per cent from the field.One thing I love about the guys is we continue to fight and scrap and find ways to get stops, Thunder coach Scott Brooks said.Oklahoma City led 25-19 at the end of the first quarter, then pushed the lead to 15 in the second. In the closing seconds of the first half, Nick Collison threw a pass the length of the court. Perry Jones caught the ball off the bounce in front of everyone and scored a reverse layup with 0.5 secconds remaining to give the Thunder a 48-40 lead at the break.ddddddddddddWiggins scored 13 points in the first half to help the Timberwolves stay in the game.Back-to-back baskets by Young cut Oklahoma Citys lead to 57-54 midway through the third quarter.With the Thunder leading 62-56 late in the third quarter, Minnesota coach Flip Saunders was issued a technical foul for loudly disagreeing with a call against Wiggins. Jackson made all three free throws to bump Oklahoma Citys lead to nine heading into the fourth.Saunders never expected an easier road when he learned Durant wouldnt play.How are you going to take advantage? he said. They have got Westbrook, one of the top five players (in the league) and eight guys that have been to the conference finals. They are still a good team.TIP-INSTimberwolves: F Robbie Hummel is out indefinitely with a broken finger on his right hand he suffered Sunday against Atlanta. ... Kevin Martin missed his 34th consecutive game with a fractured right wrist. He was listed as questionable, but did not dress.Thunder: C Steven Adams, who missed Sundays game against Cleveland with a migraine, started. ... Jones, who didnt play at all Sunday against Cleveland, started against Minnesota. He finished with six points in 25 minutes. ... C Kendrick Perkins was issued a technical foul with 4:16 left in the second quarter.ON THE RISEWiggins, the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft, played solid defence on Westbrook. Saunders said he felt Wiggins had potential to be a great defender when the Timberwolves made the deal to get him from Cleveland.I thought that he could be a great two-way type of player, and I still believe that, Saunders said. He showed signs of that tonight.QUOTE OF THE NIGHTBrooks opening statement to the media at his postgame press conference, given the ugliness of the game: Im surprised you guys stayed.UP NEXTTimberwolves: Host Boston on Wednesday.Thunder: At New York on Wednesday.___Follow Cliff Brunt on Twitter: www.twitter.com/CliffBruntAP. ' ' '