PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Darin Ruf has a knack for getting on base.
Ruf extended his streak to 33 consecutive games reaching base — the longest active streak in the majors and the most for a Phillies player since Chase Utley's 33-game streak from September 2008 to April 2009.
He homered and doubled in Philadelphia's 9-8 win over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.
"It's pretty impressive," Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick (10-8) said. "I like him as a player, he's good. ... It's nice to have him in our lineup, that's for sure. I hope he keeps it going."
Ruf extended his on-base streak to 33 straight games with an RBI double in the third to cut the Cubs' lead to 5-4.
"It's nice to have a month of success right now," Ruf said. "But that's not the ultimate goal. It's to have a successful career, multiple seasons of playing baseball well."
Ruf also homered to cap off a three-run fifth inning in which the Phillies took the lead, and he played in right field for the first time in his professional career.
"I felt alright," said Ruf, who earlier this season made the switch from first base to left field. "It was nice to get a couple ball out of the way, make some plays. Hopefully I'll get out there early tomorrow and keep working, keep improving."
Utley, who had three hits, drove in the tying run on a triple to deep center field in the fifth and soon scored on a Domonic Brown ground out to give the Phillies the lead.
Philadelphia tagged Edwin Jackson (7-12) for seven runs and 10 hits in six innings.
"It was just a matter of not getting in a good rhythm and leaving too many pitches up," Jackson said. "My command wasn't very good. ... If you're up in the zone, any games will be tough."
Trailing 9-5 in the ninth, the Cubs scored three runs off Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon before pinch-hitter Thomas Neal flew out with men on the corners to end it.
"We finally scored some runs," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "But if you give up nine, you're not going to win many games."