The Phillies jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first on a Chase Utley RBI single, before coughing the lead up to the Cubs. Kyle Kendrick helped his own cause by singling home a run in the second to narrow the gap to 4-2 Cubs. After the Cubs got a run back, the Phillies tacked on two in the third to cut the deficit to one. The Phillies took the lead in the fifth as they scored three runs, with the help of an Utley RBI triple, Dom Brown RBI groundout and Darin Ruf's fourth home run on the season. Michael Young doubled home a run in the sixth and Carlos Ruiz hit his second home run of the season in the eighth, providing what would prove to be the game winning run.
Chase Utley was 3 for 4 on the evening and Michael Young, Darin Ruf and Cody Asche each collected two hits. Ruf has now reached base safely in 33 straight games and is hitting .309 this season.
The Phillies will face the Cubs again tonight in game two of this series. Cole Hamels will make the start.
By: Kyle Babcock
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