Another date with the Colorado Rockies is likely to help his cause.
Ruiz and the Phillies hope to build on their dramatic victory and beat the Rockies for the 19th time in 23 home games Thursday night when they wrap up a four-game series.
Trailing by one in the ninth inning, Ruiz delivered a game-tying, pinch-hit RBI double off Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt , and Michael Young followed with a walk-off single to give the Phillies (56-70) a 4-3 victory Wednesday.
After serving a 25-game suspension for using a banned stimulant to open the season and missing nearly a month with a strained hamstring, Ruiz finally has found his groove at the plate. The veteran catcher has gone 7 for 12 in his last four games and is hitting .340 since Aug. 3. He's also 10 for 22 with two home runs and seven RBIs in his last seven games against the Rockies.
"Definitely with everything that happened, it was tough for me," Ruiz told the team's official website. "I came back from the suspension, then I got hurt. It's not an excuse, but it was hard to pick it up. There's nothing I can do about that; it's in the past, so I'm going to do my best right now, and hopefully I'll do well."
The Phillies haven't done well offensively, averaging 2.6 runs while batting .191 over their last 12 games. However, they have outscored the Rockies 126-72 while going 18-4 at home against them since Sept. 13, 2007.
Colorado rookie Chad Bettis (0-2, 5.30 ERA) will have to bounce back after getting tagged for eight runs - though only two earned thanks to an error by Troy Tulowitzki - over 2 2-3 innings in an 8-4 loss at Baltimore on Saturday.
The right-hander walked four, giving him 12 over 18 2-3 innings in his four starts.
"Chad battled," manager Walt Weiss said. "He just struggled, threw a lot of pitches, got some bad counts and really had to work hard."
The Phillies hope to deal Colorado its fifth loss in six games by giving the ball to right-hander Kyle Kendrick (10-10, 4.36).
While Kendrick is 3-6 with a 6.38 ERA over his last nine starts, he showed improvement Saturday when he allowed two runs over six innings in a 5-0 loss to the Dodgers.
Kendrick wasn't as effective in his last start versus the Rockies, matching a season high by allowing seven runs and 10 hits over 4 1-3 innings before the Phillies rallied for an 8-7 victory on June 14. He's 3-2 with a 5.62 ERA in nine career starts against them.
He'll attempt to cool off Wilin Rosario , who is batting .353 with four home runs and 15 RBIs during a 12-game hitting streak.
|August 19, 2013||Yorvit Torrealba||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|August 08, 2013||Christian Friedrich||60-Day DL||Lower back inflammation|
|August 05, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||15-Day DL||Sprained right middle finger|
|August 01, 2013||Tyler Chatwood||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|August 01, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Sprained right middle finger|
|July 31, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Sprained right middle finger|
|August 17, 2013||Michael Young||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore left ankle|
|August 15, 2013||John Lannan||15-Day DL||Left knee tendinitis|
|August 14, 2013||John Lannan||Day-to-Day||Knee|
|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|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Phillies' chances of making the playoffs are nearly impossible, but they haven't given up on the season.
Domonic Brown hit a game-ending RBI single to give Philadelphia a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night.
The Phillies scored two runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth for their second come-from-behind win in as many days. They have won four of five to improve to 4-3 under Ryne Sandberg , who became the interim manager when Charlie Manuel was fired last Friday.
"We're just out there having lots of fun, feeding off the energy we have in the clubhouse," Brown said. "We're trying to make a statement going into next year."
Colorado carried a 4-3 lead into the ninth, but Rafael Betancourt (2-5) blew a save opportunity for the second straight game and the third time in 19 chances.
"That was a tough loss," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "The Phillies kept fighting."
Jimmy Rollins started the winning rally with a two-out double. He then stole third and scored on Michael Young 's slow roller to third that went for a hit. Young had the game-winning hit off Betancourt in Philadelphia's 4-3 win on Wednesday night.
"We're deep back in the standings, but five weeks is a ton of time to play good baseball," Young said. "Everybody looks forward to the opportunity to show what they are made of."
Betancourt departed after Young's at-bat with an elbow injury, heading to the dugout after a visit from Weiss and a trainer. The right-hander had lunged for Young's grounder that went just out of his reach. After the game the team said he sprained his right elbow.
Jeff Francis came in and walked Chase Utley before Brown's grounder to right scored Young. Brown was mobbed by the Phillies, who took three of four games from the Rockies for just their second series win since the All-Star break.
"There's a sense in the games," Sandberg said, "that good things can happen with the positive energy and the guys pulling for each other."
Before its recent winning stretch that began with Sunday's victory over the Dodgers, Philadelphia had lost 21 of 25 games.
"It was a very difficult stretch," Young said, "but we flat-out knew we were better than that and we look forward to showing that."
Cesar Jimenez (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the victory.
Wilin Rosario homered for Colorado, which has dropped five of six. The Rockies have won nine of 39 games against Philadelphia since the start of the 2008 season.
Darin Ruf homered and Carlos Ruiz had three hits for the Phillies.
Colorado rookie Chad Bettis allowed one run and six hits over 5 1-3 innings in his fifth career start. He was in line for his first win before Philadelphia's late rally.
"The first one is never easy and you can never count the other team out," Bettis said. "I felt real good tonight. Everything was working pretty well. I had better location than my last start. I had the same stuff but my command and location were better."
Cody Asche doubled home a run in the second for Philadelphia, but Dexter Fowler had a tying sacrifice fly in the fifth. The Rockies then scored three runs in the sixth on four straight hits, chasing right-hander Kyle Kendrick .
Rosario had the big blow, a line drive to left for a three-run shot. It was the third homer in the last four games for Rosario, who extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
"He's been swinging the bat well for a few weeks," Weiss said. "He's an impact offensive player."
The Phillies pulled within one on Ruf's two-out, two-run homer off Matt Belisle in the eighth.
Kendrick continued his recent struggles. The right-hander avoided his third straight loss, but he gave up four runs and eight hits in five-plus innings, raising his ERA to 8.14 in his last six starts.
NOTES: Michael Cuddyer and Troy Tulowitzki each had a pair of hits for the Rockies. ... Ruiz is batting .625 (10 for 16) in his last five games. ... Colorado opens a three-game series at Miami on Friday night, with Rockies RHP Jhoulys Chacin (11-7, 3.24 ERA) opposing RHP Tom Koehler (3-8, 4.66 ERA). ... The Phillies open a three-game set at home versus Arizona on Friday night. LHP Cole Hamels (5-13, 3.61 ERA) gets the ball for the Phillies, with LHP Wade Miley (9-8, 3.56 ERA) going for the Diamondbacks.