Roy Halladay had trouble gripping the ball in the steamy conditions. Domonic Brown’s sore right heel started to bother him again. Yet the Philadelphia Phillies just kept plugging away.

It turned into the perfect homecoming for Ryne Sandberg.

Michael Young had four hits including a tiebreaking RBI single in the ninth inning and the Phillies rallied for a 6-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday in Sandberg’s return to Wrigley Field.

“It’s a good one to get. Sure down 5-0 out of the chute” Sandberg said. “The guys battled back. Good energy after that. Anytime you rally to come back like that it goes well with the guys. But yeah extra special.”

Kevin Frandsen had two hits and scored two runs after entering in the sixth helping Philadelphia bounce back from Thursday’s 11-3 loss to the New York Mets. Chase Utley added a key two-run triple.

The Phillies improved to 9-6 since Sandberg was promoted to interim manager when Charlie Manuel was fired on Aug. 16. The Hall of Fame second baseman spent most of his playing career with the Cubs and was cheered all day long in his first trip to Chicago since he was elevated to the top spot in Philadelphia.

“The four hits from Young and the home run from Frandsen I had some flashbacks” Sandberg cracked.

Anthony Rizzo and Nate Schierholtz homered for the Cubs who went 3 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left nine runners on base. Starlin Castro had two doubles and two RBIs in Chicago’s fourth loss in five games.