Phillies 9, Cubs 8

Darin Ruf has a knack for getting on base.

Ruf extended his streak to 33 consecutive games reaching base –
the longest active streak in the majors and the most for a Phillies
player since Chase Utley’s 33-game streak from September 2008 to
April 2009.

He homered and doubled in Philadelphia’s 9-8 win over the
Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.

”It’s pretty impressive,” Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick
(10-8) said. ”I like him as a player, he’s good. … It’s nice to
have him in our lineup, that’s for sure. I hope he keeps it
going.”

Ruf extended his on-base streak to 33 straight games with an RBI
double in the third to cut the Cubs’ lead to 5-4.

”It’s nice to have a month of success right now,” Ruf said.
”But that’s not the ultimate goal. It’s to have a successful
career, multiple seasons of playing baseball well.”

Ruf also homered to cap off a three-run fifth inning in which
the Phillies took the lead, and he played in right field for the
first time in his professional career.

”I felt alright,” said Ruf, who earlier this season made the
switch from first base to left field. ”It was nice to get a couple
ball out of the way, make some plays. Hopefully I’ll get out there
early tomorrow and keep working, keep improving.”

Utley, who had three hits, drove in the tying run on a triple to
deep center field in the fifth and soon scored on a Domonic Brown
ground out to give the Phillies the lead.

Philadelphia tagged Edwin Jackson (7-12) for seven runs and 10
hits in six innings.

”It was just a matter of not getting in a good rhythm and
leaving too many pitches up,” Jackson said. ”My command wasn’t
very good. … If you’re up in the zone, any games will be
tough.”

Trailing 9-5 in the ninth, the Cubs scored three runs off
Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon before pinch-hitter Thomas Neal
flew out with men on the corners to end it.

”We finally scored some runs,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.
”But if you give up nine, you’re not going to win many
games.”

Utley plated the Phillies’ first run in the first inning on a
single to left field to score Michael Young.

The Cubs then responded with four runs in the second, capped off
by Donnie Murphy’s three-run homer, his first hit of the
season.

Kendrick allowed five runs and six hits in six innings, but he
settled down to retire 10 of the final 11 batters he faced. He also
had an RBI single.

”I felt like after (the second inning) that he settled in a
little bit and started pitching,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel
said. ”He had a high pitch count, but he got them out when he had
to and he threw strikes when he had to.”

Anthony Rizzo hit a solo home run in the third to make it 5-2.
It was Rizzo’s fourth homer in six games.

Young knocked in a run with a two-out double in the sixth, and
Carlos Ruiz homered in the eighth.

Philadelphia is 2-13 in its last 15 games, while Chicago has
lost five straight.

Notes: The Cubs have an extra-base hit in 29 straight games. …
The Phillies activated Brown from the 7-day concussion disabled
list prior to the game and designated outfielder Laynce Nix for
assignment. Brown had not played since July 23 because of
concussion symptoms. … Philadelphia called up LHP Cesar Jimenez
from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to replace LHP Antonio Bastardo on the
active roster. Bastardo is serving a 50-game ban for PED-related
violations in the Biogenesis scandal. … The Cubs outrighted
outfielder Julio Borbon to Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, and his roster
spot was taken by Thomas Neal, whom the club claimed off waivers
from the New York Yankees on Monday. … Wednesday night, Cole
Hamels (4-13, 3.87) will take the mound for the Phillies, while
Travis Wood (7-8, 3.05) will start for the Cubs.