Ruiz leads Phillies past Cubs

Philadelphia Phillies' Hector Luna celebrates with teammates after hitting a grand slam in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Wednesday, May, 16, 2012. Philadelphia won 9-2. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

May 16, 2012 9:21:03 PM PDT
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.