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"It would be different," Ramirez said.
Michael Barrett hit a two-run homer, Angel Pagan added a three-run drive, and Ramirez and Phil Nevin hit back-to-back solo shots as the Cubs broke a four-game losing streak and avoided a four-game sweep.
Barrett went deep in the first, after Ramirez tripled in two runs, to extend the lead to 4-1. Chicago scored five more in the third, with Pagan's homer making it 9-1 and chasing starter Cole Hamels (6-7). Ramirez and Nevin homered off Brian Sanches in the fourth.
Carlos Zambrano (14-5) became the NL's first 14-game winner, allowing two runs and six hits in seven innings. He struck out seven and walked one.
"When you have that type of command, you feel like Greg Maddux," a grinning Zambrano said, referring to the four-time NL Cy Young Award winner who was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31.
When Nevin looks at Zambrano, he sees a young Randy Johnson - with better control.
"If I were to pick one guy right now to start my rotation, that would be my guy," Nevin said. "He reminds you a lot of Randy when he was young. He didn't control the strike zone very well, although Carlos does better than Randy did at this age. Once he learns to command the strike zone and cut down on walks, there are a lot of things he's going to do in this game -- no hitters, perfect games, Cy Youngs."
Nevin also had good things to say about Hamels, who had won four of his previous five starts. This time, he gave up a season-high nine runs -- five earned -- and nine hits, which matched his season high, in two-plus innings.
"He's one of the better young left-handed arms I've seen in a long time," Nevin said.
Hamels hung pitches, and the Cubs capitalized.
Ramirez and Nevin each had three hits and scored twice, while Pagan and Ryan Theriot had two hits apiece.
A Phillies team that began the day third in the wild-card race, 1½ games behind Cincinnati and a half-game behind San Diego, went ahead on Ryan Howard's RBI single in the first.
Then, the Cubs jumped on Hamels.
Ramirez tripled in Juan Pierre, who had reached on an error by shortstop Jimmy Rollins, and Theriot in the bottom half for a 2-1 lead. After Ramirez was thrown out trying to score on Matt Murton's one-out grounder, Barrett drove his 16th homer down the left-field line.
Murton's two-run single in the third boosted the lead to 6-1 and, after right fielder David Dellucci dropped Barrett's fly for an error, Pagan hit his fifth homer.
"They basically hit every single pitch I threw out there," Hamels said. "I wasn't getting first-pitch strikes, and then when I would, I was throwing it up in the zone."
Ramirez hit his team-leading 31st homer in the fourth -- his 15th since the All-Star break. Nevin followed with his 20th to make it 11-1, the fifth time this season Chicago hit back-to-back homers.
Meanwhile, Zambrano stifled the Phillies.
"You never know what he's going to throw, and he throws strikes for the most part," said the Phillies' Chase Utley, who doubled and scored a run.
|Carlos Zambrano (seven innings) is pumped about being the National League's first 14-game winner. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jimmy Rollins, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.278|
|Fabio Castro, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Rick White, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Mike Lieberthal, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.254|
|Shane Victorino, CF||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||.272|
|Chase Utley, 2B||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.318|
|Chris Roberson, LF-RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.167|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||2||2||.292|
|David Dellucci, RF||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.323|
|b- Danny Sandoval, PH-2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.185|
|Chris Coste, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.353|
|Joe Thurston, LF-2B^LF||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.600|
|Abraham Nunez, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.199|
|Cole Hamels, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.138|
|Brian Sanches, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Jose Hernandez, PH-SS||3||0||2||1||0||1||0||.276|
|a-flied out for White in the 9th|
|b-grounded out for Dellucci in the 8th|
|c-struck out for Sanches in the 5th|
|2B - Chase Utley (36, Zambrano), Joe Thurston (1, Zambrano), Jose Hernandez (3, Ryu)|
|RBI - Ryan Howard (114), Jose Hernandez (13)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Howard (37)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Outfield Assists - Joe Thurston 1|
|E - David Dellucci (1, ), Jimmy Rollins (8, )|
|Cole Hamels (L,6-7)||2||9||9||5||0||0||2||4.79|
|WP - Cole Hamels 2 (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 47-33, Brian Sanches 49-30, Fabio Castro 32-25, Rick White 6-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 4-3, Brian Sanches 1-1, Fabio Castro 2-5, Rick White 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 16, Brian Sanches 10, Fabio Castro 10, Rick White 3|
|Juan Pierre, CF||5||1||1||0||0||0||0||.284|
|Buck Coats, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Theriot, 2B||5||1||2||0||0||1||1||.300|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||5||2||3||3||0||0||0||.287|
|John Mabry, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.226|
|Phil Nevin, 1B||4||2||3||1||0||0||1||.242|
|Matt Murton, LF||4||2||1||2||0||1||1||.294|
|Michael Barrett, C||3||2||1||2||1||0||1||.324|
|Angel Pagan, RF||4||1||2||3||0||0||0||.276|
|Jae-Kuk Ryu, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ronny Cedeno, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.244|
|Carlos Zambrano, P||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.153|
|a- Freddie Bynum, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.263|
|a-struck out for Zambrano in the 7th|
|2B - Juan Pierre (28, Hamels)|
|3B - Aramis Ramirez (4, Hamels)|
|HR - Aramis Ramirez (31, Sanches), Phil Nevin (20, Sanches), Michael Barrett (16, Hamels), Angel Pagan (5, Hamels)|
|RBI - Aramis Ramirez 3 (88), Phil Nevin (62), Matt Murton 2 (49), Michael Barrett 2 (48), Angel Pagan 3 (14)|
|2-OUT RBI - Michael Barrett 2 (19)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Theriot-Nevin|
|E - Carlos Zambrano (2, )|
|Carlos Zambrano (W,14-5)||7||6||2||2||1||7||0||3.31|
|HBP - Victorino (by Jae-Kuk Ryu)|
|WP - Carlos Zambrano (9), Jae-Kuk Ryu (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 103-67, Jae-Kuk Ryu 28-23|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 8-6, Jae-Kuk Ryu 4-1|
|Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 28, Jae-Kuk Ryu 9|
|Attendance - 39464|
|Game Time - 2:21|
|Temperature - 83|
|Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski|