CHICAGO -- The Cubs may have finally found the right combination at the top of the order.
Rookies Tyler Colvin and Starlin Castro provided the 1-2 punch to help ignite the Cubs in an 11-6 win Sunday night over the Phillies. Geovany Soto and Alfonso Soriano both hit two-run homers and totaled three RBIs, and Derrek Lee added a three-run double to back Tom Gorzelanny as the Cubs beat Roy Halladay and took the series, 3-1.
"We swung the bats really well today off a good pitcher," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "You put six runs on the board against Roy Halladay, and you have to feel good about your offense."
It's the first home series the Cubs have won since taking two of three against Oakland on June 15-17, and first season-series victory over the Phillies since going 4-2 in 2001. Gorzelanny (5-5) outpitched Halladay, giving up three runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings for his third straight win.
"We didn't hit [Gorzelanny], we didn't score any runs until the game was over," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "Give their pitcher a lot of credit, he did a good job."
"You don't expect to get out of there scoring more than two, three runs against a guy like [Halladay]," Gorzelanny said. "For us to swing the bats the way we did against the best pitcher in the game, that shows a lot for our offense. There's definitely signs. We keep saying this team will come around -- we have great hitters and we can score some runs. We just need to do that."
The key could be the kids, Colvin and Castro. They combined to go 6-for-9 with three runs, a stolen base and one RBI.
"I like it," Piniella said of the combination, which actually was reversed when the two played in Double-A last year. "I like the young kids up there, they swung the bats good. Why disturb something that worked?"
"Their baseball IQ is very high," Marlon Byrd said of the two rookies. "You tell Starlin and you tell Colvin something once, they retain it. I didn't do that when I was young -- I had to be told millions of times. They're learning quick and they're showing it on the field."
"I'd like to think I absorb everything," Colvin said. "You get bits and pieces from each one -- that's how you learn baseball."
Soriano keeps an eye on Castro, making sure he shares his baseball expertise with the 20-year-old shortstop as well as some of the Dominican food he has delivered to Wrigley before games.
"If he feels comfortable, he'll feel comfortable playing baseball," Soriano said. "My first time to the big leagues, I didn't feel comfortable."
The Cubs would've swept the series if not for the Phillies' four-run ninth on Saturday. Soto, who missed a tag at home in the ninth in that game, got the Cubs on the board with one out in the second with his 11th home run, driving in Byrd who was hit by a pitch. One out later, Gorzelanny and Colvin each singled, and the pitcher scored on Castro's single to make it 3-0.
Wait a second. Gorzelanny singled off Halladay?
"There's not much for pitchers to say -- you just swung," Gorzelanny said. "There's no game plan, there's no strategy in that.
"Even us players idolize a guy like that, just how he is on the mound and the type of pitcher he is," the Cubs lefty said of Halladay. "For pitchers not being known as hitters, to get a hit off a guy like that is a good thing but obviously, most important is being able to win a game against a guy like that."
Back to the second: During Lee's at-bat, Castro stole second and catcher Carlos Ruiz's throw was off the mark, allowing Colvin to score on the error.
The Phillies made it 4-2 in the fifth, but Byrd was plunked again to lead off the sixth and Soriano followed with his team-leading 17th home run to go ahead, 6-2. He entered the game with 20 strikeouts in 54 career at-bats against Halladay (10-8), who was pulled after six innings. The right-hander is 2-5 in his last eight starts.
The Cubs loaded the bases in the seventh, aided by a throwing error by pitcher David Herndon on Castro's bunt, and Lee cleared them with his double to left center. Soriano and Soto each drove in a run in the seventh as the Cubs outscored the Phillies, 28-19 in the four-game series.
"As long as we're hitting, we can score some runs and win some ballgames and I think we're showing that now," Gorzelanny said. "Having a series like this is a big confidence boost for the guys and the whole team."
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.