MLB: Philadelphia 8, Chicago Cubs 7

CHICAGO, May 17 (UPI) -- Carlos Ruiz had four of Philadelphia's 14 hits to go with three RBI Thursday and the Phillies survived a ninth-inning scare to down the Chicago Cubs 8-7.

Philadelphia took an 8-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but Jacob Diekman walked two and gave up two hits -- one of them a bases-loaded double by Wellington Castillo that allowed Chicago to get within two.


Jonathan Papelbon replaced Diekman and surrendered an RBI single to Darwin Barney before retiring Reed Johnson on a grounder to end the game. Papelbon collected his 11th save and preserved the victory for starter Roy Halladay (4-3).

Halladay threw 99 pitches over eight innings while giving up three runs on seven hits.

Ruiz had an RBI single in both the first and fifth and doubled home a run during Philadelphia's three-run eighth. The Phillies also produced a three-run second, during which Hunter Pence had a two-run single.

Chris Volstad (0-6) made it through just two innings in taking the loss. He was charged with four runs on six hits.


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