Ruiz leads Phillies past Cubs

Carlos Ruiz hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies used Hector Luna’s first career grand slam to pull away for a 9-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.

Kyle Kendrick pitched six sparkling innings in his first start in 12 days as Philadelphia returned to .500 for the first time since it beat Atlanta 4-0 on May 3. He also singled and scored the tying run in the fifth.

Hunter Pence opened the eighth with a long fly ball off Shawn Camp (2-2) that left fielder Alfonso Soriano caught on the warning track, delighting the Wrigley Field crowd of 38,678. But Ruiz followed with a bit longer drive that reached the bleachers in left for his seventh homer.

Matt Garza only gave up 2 earned runs in 6 2/3 innings for the Cubs before the Cubs’ bullpen let the game get out of hand. Garze has a 2.58 ERA for the season, but only has 2 wins so far this season.