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.