Lieberthal singled with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Phillies to their seventh straight win, 4-3 over the struggling
Entering the game with a .315 career average in July, Lieberthal collected two hits, including a single to left-center field off
with two outs and the bases loaded.
"That's the way it's been lately," said Lieberthal, whose team has scored the winning run in its final at-bat in four of its last six wins. "There's no panicking, only because our pitching is keeping us in it. Overall, our starters to the bullpen are outstanding, and they keep us in the game where we've had some late heroics lately."
"We feel like we can win every game, pretty much no matter what the situation is," added Philadelphia starter
, who allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings. "The ninth inning was awesome. That's really what you want when you're a winning team. If you're in the game by the seventh or eighth inning, you're gonna win the game."
It was the 29th multi-hit game of the season for Lieberthal, who leads all major league catchers with a .331 average.
The single made a winner of
(1-2), who retired all three batters he faced in the top of the ninth.
(4-2) took the loss for the Cubs, who have dropped six of their last seven games. The veteran lefthander allowed a run and a hit with two walks in one inning.
"This is a recurring nightmare," Chicago manager
said. "It seems like the other team always gets the big hit when they need it. I can't remember a stretch like this."
tossed two scoreless innings for Philadelphia, whose bullpen has yielded just one run in the last eight games - a span of 31 1/3 innings.
collected three hits, including a solo home run in the third inning for the 1,000th hit of his career.
Of the Cubs' last 11 losses, seven have come in the opponent's final at-bat.
"It's getting tough," Chicago starter
said. "It seems like every loss is in the last at-bat."
began Philadelphia's ninth-inning uprising, stroking a single to left off Remlinger. He moved up on a sacrifice by
and took third on
's flyout before coming home on Lieberthal's single.
"It's been a while since I've had one of those," Lieberthal said. "I don't remember the last time I've had a game-winning hit. The last pitch, (Alfonseca) made a mistake on. He left it out over the plate."
"It's a combination of everything right now," Phillies manager
said of his team's recent hot streak. "Everybody's contributing. Pitching and defense have been there since the first day of the season. We're getting a lot of timely hitting right now. It's nice to see."
Aided by two Cubs' errors, the Phillies took a 2-0 lead in the second inning.
led off with a grounder through the legs of third baseman
and went to second on Lieberthal's groundout.
followed with a bloop single to left, plating Abreu for a 1-0 lead.
failed to field the ball cleanly, allowing Bell to take second. After moving up on a groundout, Bell scored on a single by
Chicago halved the deficit in the third on Gonzalez's 10th homer and took the lead with two runs in the fourth.
smacked Wolf's first pitch of the inning down the left field line for a double and scored on Hernandez's triple. With the infield back,
hit a grounder to shortstop to score Hernandez.
Philadelphia answered quickly against Prior, who yielded three runs - one earned - and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings. Lieberthal led off the bottom of the fourth with a double and scored two batters later on
The Phillies nearly took the lead in the fifth, putting runners at the corners with one out, but Abreu grounded into a double play to end the threat.
Wolf, who is 1-4 lifetime against the Cubs, worked out of trouble in the second inning to keep the game scoreless. Karros led off with a double and stole third one out later. Martinez walked, but Wolf got
to fly out and fanned Prior.
"We don't have any complaints because we played hard," Chicago slugger
said. "That's the only thing you can do every day. It's just a matter of time."