Looking to continue his recent road success, Jeff Samardzija also tries to help the Cubs take this three-game set Thursday.
Playing for his fifth team in eight seasons, Murphy went 3 for 3 with two homers and four RBIs in a 5-2 victory Wednesday. His three-run, tiebreaking shot in the ninth inning helped the Cubs (50-63) snap a five-game slide.
Chicago took two of three at Veterans Stadium from April 6-8, 2001, for its last winning series at Philadelphia.
Murphy, who hit .222 with eight homers in 117 games over the past three seasons for Miami, is 4 for 9 with three home runs and seven RBIs since making his Cubs debut Sunday.
"Don't get used to that," he said. "I'm just going through a good stretch right now and getting pitches I can handle."
Samardzija (6-10, 3.78 ERA) started 1-5 with a 3.49 ERA on the road but is 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his last five away from Wrigley Field. He's received an average of 5.30 runs of support during that stretch but none in his last two overall - both at home.
The right-hander allowed three runs, struck out nine and matched a season high with five walks while throwing 112 pitches in Saturday's 3-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers .
"He battled and got the outs and kept the game close, but obviously the pitch count after six innings was way too many," manager Dale Sveum said of Samardzija, who is 1-1 with a 2.42 ERA and has walked 15 in his last four starts.
Samardzija last faced the Phillies (51-62) out of the bullpen in 2011. His only start against them came two seasons earlier when he gave up seven runs in 3 1-3 innings of a 12-5 loss.
Chase Utley is 1 for 7 with three strikeouts against him but could face Samardzija a much richer man after agreeing to a two-year contract extension reportedly worth around $27 million.
"I love Philadelphia," said Utley, who turns 35 in December. "I've always envisioned playing here. I've never envisioned playing anywhere else."
Utley delivered a pinch-hit, tying single in the seventh Wednesday, but Philadelphia stranded nine runners while losing for the 14th time in 16 games.
Domonic Brown homered in his second game since coming off the 7-day disabled list with a concussion. The All-Star outfielder has a team-leading 25 homers but has gone deep twice while hitting .208 during his last 13 games.
Philadelphia's Ethan Martin hopes for a better effort in the finale than during his major league debut Friday when he gave up five of his six runs in the fifth inning of a 6-4 loss to Atlanta.
"It was tough," the right-hander told the Phillies' official website. "It was a challenge, but I wanted to go out there and prove I could do it.
"I take what I learn from this and go on to the next one."
|August 07, 2013||Thomas Neal||Day-to-Day||Dislocated right shoulder|
|August 07, 2013||Dioner Navarro||Day-to-Day||Right ankle contusion|
|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|
|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||7-Day DL||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) -- This year's Phillies may be plummeting in the standings, but the future in Philadelphia is beginning to look a little brighter.
Ethan Martin earned his first major league win, Cody Asche hit his first home run and the Phillies routed the Chicago Cubs 12-1 Thursday.
Asche had three hits, including a homer that capped a six-run fourth inning. The burst was plenty for Martin (1-1).
"We both kind of got up here at the same time, so we're both going through all of this together," Asche said. "It's kind of nice to have a friend that's doing the same thing, and it just so happened we both did something cool on the same day."
Martin pitched five innings and allowed one run and four hits, striking out four and walking three. Nate Schierholtz homered in the fourth.
Martin won in his second major league start. He gave up six runs in a loss to Atlanta last Friday.
"It's been a dream of mine for about as long as I can remember," he said. "So to be able to do this, I'm pretty happy."
Rookie Darin Ruf also homered for Philadelphia.
Chase Utley delivered an RBI double on the day the Phillies announced a new contract with the star second baseman that goes through the 2015 season.
The Phillies took two of three from the Cubs for their first series win since the All-Star break.
Jeff Samardzija (6-11) was chased in the big fourth. He gave up nine runs and 11 hits in 3 1-3 innings in his shortest outing of the year.
"They came out with a game plan to attack me, and it worked," Samardzija said. "They put the bat on the ball. ... I threw too many ball up in the zone. My slider was good, but it was just one of those days."
The game was delayed by rain for 22 minutes in the seventh inning.
Ruf got the first of four consecutive Phillies hits in a two-run second inning. John Mayberry Jr. and Michael Martinez each had RBI singles.
Ruf launched a two-run homer in the third, connecting on an 0-2 pitch. It was his second drive of the series and fifth home run of the year.
Carlos Ruiz 's bunt single drove in the first run in Philadelphia's fourth. Domonic Brown added a two-run single and Asche hit a line-drive homer to right field.
John McDonald hit his first homer of the year, a two-run shot in the eighth.
"Might've been the best we've hit all year," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "That was exciting. We had a really good day today. Our guys had some fun, and hopefully this will carry over and we'll get a lot of our respect back, play better, and win some games."
NOTES: Phillies 3B Michael Young was in the original lineup but was scratched and did not play. ... Anthony Rizzo doubled for the Cubs. Of his 102 hits this season, over half (52) have been for extra bases. ... The Cubs have an extra-base hit in 31 consecutive games. ... The Phillies claimed OF Casper Wells off waivers Thursday from the Chicago White Sox. ... Thursday's win marked No. 999 for Phillies manager Charlie Manuel in his career. He is on deck to become the 59th manager in major league history to win 1,000. ... Philadelphia embarks on a six-game road trip in Washington beginning Friday, when former Nationals pitcher John Lannan (3-4, 4.10) will start. ... The Cubs will be in St. Louis on Friday to begin a three-game set with the Cardinals. Chris Rusin (1-1, 3.98) will get the ball in the first game.