Chicago will seek a season-high fourth straight win away from home Tuesday night, and Edwin Jackson will try to help with another strong outing.
The Cubs (49-62) have lost seven of eight and were held scoreless in their final 23 innings of a four-game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend. They limited the Dodgers to two hits Sunday in a 1-0 loss.
Chicago totaled 19 runs during its eight-game homestand and went 5 for 27 (.185) with runners in scoring position during the sweep to the Dodgers.
"We got shut out three times in (these) games at home, scored two in another (two)," manager Dale Sveum said. "It's very difficult to win, obviously, unless you're scoring runs."
Sveum's club, however, has won 12 of 19 on the road and registered a three-game sweep of San Francisco from July 26-28 to end its most recent trip. The Cubs' next road opponent has dropped 13 of 14 overall and five straight at home.
Philadelphia (50-61) has been outscored 81-33 in its last 14 games, batting .198 and posting a 5.13 ERA. The Phillies were booed by their home fans while producing four hits in a 4-1 loss to Atlanta on Sunday night.
"We're getting outplayed all the way around," pitcher Cliff Lee said. "We've got to have more pride, more fire and play better fundamental baseball. Period. If we do that, we'll turn it around."
Jackson (7-11, 4.65 ERA) will try to add to the Phillies' woes by improving on his 4-1 record and 2.23 ERA in his last six starts. The right-hander gave up one run over a season-high eight innings in Wednesday's 6-1 victory over Milwaukee.
Jackson lost his first four starts against Philadelphia before giving up one run over 6 2-3 innings in his most recent matchup, a 5-1 victory for Washington on Oct. 3. He has a 3.55 ERA in his last four meetings with the Phillies.
Jackson will pitch opposite a struggling Kyle Kendrick (9-8, 4.29), who has a 10.13 ERA in losing his last two outings. The right-hander didn't make it out of the third inning in a 9-2 loss to San Francisco on Wednesday, giving up seven runs and eight hits.
Kendrick is 0-1 in three starts against the Cubs despite a 1.80 ERA. He gave up two runs and three hits over six innings in his most recent matchup, a 9-2 win at Wrigley Field on May 16, 2012.
Kendrick will try to hand Chicago a third straight shutout for the first time since a string of four in a row April 27-May 1, 1992. The Cubs had a 28-inning scoreless streak July 20-23, 2012.
The Phillies' home skid is their longest since dropping seven straight June 27-July 21, 2012.
Philadelphia reliever Antonio Bastardo is among 12 players set to serve 50-game suspensions from the Biogenesis drug investigation. Bastardo's 2.32 ERA was the best among Phillies with at least 11 appearances.
|August 03, 2013||Luis Valbuena||15-Day DL||Right oblique strain|
|July 15, 2013||Brian Bogusevic||15-Day DL||Left hamstring strain|
|July 08, 2013||Welington Castillo||Day-to-Day||Flu|
|June 30, 2013||Ryan Sweeney||60-Day DL||Fractured left rib|
|June 15, 2013||David DeJesus||15-Day DL||Right shoulder sprain|
|June 15, 2013||David DeJesus||15-Day DL||Right shoulder sprain|
|July 29, 2013||Jonathan Pettibone||15-Day DL||Strained right shoulder|
|July 26, 2013||Cliff Lee||Day-to-Day||Stiff neck|
|July 24, 2013||Domonic Brown||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|July 24, 2013||Domonic Brown||Day-to-Day||Concussion|
|July 14, 2013||Joe Savery||15-Day DL||Left elbow stiffness|
|July 14, 2013||Ben Revere||15-Day DL||Broken right foot - out 6-8 weeks|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- 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.