CHICAGO -- Roy Halladay earned his first victory in a month to help the Philadelphia Phillies keep rolling.
Philadelphia has won five straight and six of seven and is over .500 for the first time since its Opening Day victory.
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"It took us awhile to get back to .500," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "Now we have to stay there and move on."
Halladay (4-3) had lost three consecutive decisions to match a career high, but held the Cubs to three runs and scattered seven hits. The two-time Cy Young Award winner has allowed three earned runs or fewer in eight of his nine starts this season.
"To put together five games and get ourselves at or above [.500] is important," Halladay said. "I think sometimes when you start thinking about it too much, it's hard to put together a run like that. So now that we have it out of the way we can get to a point where we're not worrying about it."
Chicago's Welington Castillo's stroked a two-out, three-run double in the ninth against Phillies reliever Jake Diekman to close the gap to two runs. Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon came on and allowed an RBI single to Darwin Barney, but got Reed Johnson on a grounder to third for his 11th save of the season.
While Halladay ended his modest skid, Cubs starter Chris Volstad (0-6) suffered his 19th consecutive start without a victory. He lasted only two innings, allowing four runs, six hits and three walks. Volstad threw 58 pitches, a total Halladay didn't reach until there was one out in the sixth.
"I know it's in there -- it's just a matter of tapping into it and finding it at this point," Volstad said. "I've done it before. I've thrown beautiful games in the big leagues before. It's in there. Just got to tap into it."
Carlos Ruiz continued his strong start to the season with three RBI and his sixth career four-hit game to raise his batting average to .363. Ruiz leads NL catchers with 27 RBI and is 9 for 14 over his last four games. He even stole his first base of the season on the back end of a double steal in the first.
"I feel great," said Ruiz. "When you feel great at home plate, you're going to have a lot of good at-bats. I feel relaxed and I see the ball well."
"To me he's the best catcher in the National League and we've said that for years," Halladay said. "Unfortunately, you've got to hit to get that notoriety and he's doing that now. Hopefully people take notice."
The Phillies have struggled offensively to start the season without two of their best hitters all season. Chase Utley is out with patella tendonitis and Ryan Howard is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon.
"If we can play good enough without them--our lineup and our defense is going to get much better," said Manuel.
The Cubs may have lost three straight, but Volstad hasn't won since July 10, 2011. He has gone 0-11 during his drought with a 5.40 ERA. His ERA rose to 7.46 for this season and it could have been worse -- the Phillies stranded five runners during his two innings.
In addition to the bases-clearing double, Castillo homered and drove in a career-high four runs.
Volstad's run support has been the lowest in baseball during his skid among pitchers with at least 15 starts, but his results have been increasingly poor in recent outings. He has allowed 15 runs over his past 17 innings, with 19 hits, eight walks and only four strikeouts.
Halladay had lost five of his previous six games against Chicago before dominating on Thursday. He even chipped in with two hits and a run at the plate for his third career multi-hit game.
- Phillies 2B Chase Utley reported no problems after taking grounders for the first time this season before Wednesday's game. Utley has spent the entire season on the disabled list because of patella tendinitis in his right knee. No timetable has been established for his return.
- C Geovany Soto was a late scratch from the Cubs' lineup due left knee inflammation and was replaced by Castillo. Soto is listed as day-to-day.
- Before the game, the Cubs selected the contract of right-hander Blake Parker from Triple-A Iowa and optioned lefty Scott Maine to Iowa. Parker was 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in the minors and converted all five of his save opportunities. He made his debut in Thursday's game, striking out Ty Wigginton to begin his big-league career, but allowed three unearned runs on his own throwing error in the eighth.
- Phillies 3B Placido Polanco sat out with a bruised left knee. He left Wednesday's game after fouling a pitch off his leg, something he has done several times over the past week.