PHILADELPHIA — Edwin Jackson has been one of the Cubs’ hottest pitchers, and manager Dale Sveum is hoping the unseasonably comfortable conditions Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park will swing in Jackson’s favor.
“We need that ratio to stay at 2 to 1,” Sveum said of Jackson’s ground ball to fly ball ratio.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, a 5-2 lead wasn’t enough for Jackson, who was tagged for 10 hits in five innings as Philadelphia held on for a 9-8 victory that extended the Cubs’ losing streak to five games.
Trailing 9-5 entering the ninth, the Cubs rallied for three runs and put the tying run at third base and go-ahead run with two out, but pinch hitter Thomas Neal flied to left.
Jackson, who was 3-1 with a 1.83 ERA in his past five starts, allowed at least one run in every inning but the fourth, when he was aided by a double play. Darin Ruf capped a three-run fifth with a home run – the first allowed by Jackson since July 6 in a 4-1 win over Pittsburgh.
Jackson was staked to a 4-1 lead in the second, thanks to a three-run home run by Donnie Murphy, who was starting his second game since joining the Cubs.
Nate Schierholtz started the rally with a double and scored from third when he beat the throw from third baseman Cody Asche on Wellington Castillo’s grounder.
In the third, Anthony Rizzo hit his 18th homer, a solo shot inside the right field foul pole, that extended the Cubs’ lead to 5-2.
The Cubs wouldn’t score again until Nate Schierholtz hit a two-run single with two out in the top of the ninth off Jonathan Papelbon, and a dropped fly by Domonic Brown cut the deficit to one.