PHILADELPHIA -- Jose Contreras is learning the last three outs are the hardest to get.
• Chase Utley has eight homers in 18 home games this season but just two homers in 20 road games.
• The Cubs are 8-15 in games decided by two or fewers runs this season.
• Chicago's four-game winning streak ended.
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Raul Ibanez hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning, Contreras pitched out of a jam in the ninth and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 on Thursday.Jimmy Rollins hit a three-run homer and Chase Utley also went deep for the NL East-leading Phillies, who snapped a two-game losing streak in which they scored a total of two runs.Kosuke Fukudome hit a tying solo shot in the eighth and Derrek Lee also connected for Chicago, which had won four in a row.Danys Baez (2-1) retired all three batters he faced to earn the win, before Contreras worked out of trouble in the ninth for his second save in two tries. The 38-year-old Contreras, a starter most of his career, is filling in as the closer with Brad Lidge and Ryan Madson on the disabled list."At the beginning, I thought it was only one inning. Now I know how tough it is," Contreras said through his translator, Baez.Alfonso Soriano started the ninth by getting hit on the 11th pitch he saw from Contreras. Soriano advanced to third on Mike Fontenot's single to center, but Contreras struck out Starlin Castro and pinch-hitter Aramis Ramirez. Fontenot stole second as Ramirez went down swinging on a pitch down and way outside, but Geovany Soto fouled out to first baseman Ryan Howard to end it."He's got good stuff, he's not afraid to pitch and he has everything you need to be a good closer," Baez said of his good friend.Cubs left-hander John Grabow (0-3) entered with one out in the eighth and walked Utley. He retired Howard before walking Rollins, and Ibanez lined a single to right that allowed Utley to slide in ahead of Fukudome's off-target throw.Ibanez stood at first base, listening to the familiar chants of "Ra-uuuuuuul!" Ibanez became an instant fan favorite in his first season in Philadelphia last year. The All-Star left fielder has struggled this season, batting just .246 with three homers and 19 RBIs."That was a huge hit," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "Raul's been a slow starter. He told me, 'Charlie, I can work my way out of it.' I believe him. He's coming around."Phillies starter Joe Blanton allowed three runs and five hits. He retired the first 11 batters and didn't allow a hit until Soriano doubled down the left-field line leading off the fifth.Cubs starter Ryan Dempster gave up four runs and five hits in six innings. His biggest mistake was a 3-0 pitch that Rollins crushed into the seats in right, giving the Phillies a 4-1 lead in the sixth. Rollins, the 2007 NL MVP, returned from the disabled list Monday after missing 29 games with a calf injury."He's a guy who will swing 3-0," Dempster said. "That's not where you'd like to throw it. I wasn't challenging him, not trying to groove a pitch. I should have thrown it in the dirt. You've got to make a better pitch."Lee led off the seventh with a solo shot to left. The Cubs then loaded the bases on a walk and singles by Fontenot and Castro. Pinch-hitter Tyler Colvin's sacrifice fly cut it to 4-3, but Blanton escaped further damage by retiring pinch-hitter Xavier Nady on a pop-up.Fukudome's drive off reliever Antonio Bastardo leading off the eighth tied it at 4.Utley put the Phillies ahead 1-0 when he ripped a liner the right-field seats in the first. Seven of Utley's 10 homers have been solo shots.One pitch before Soriano doubled in the fifth, he hit a foul pop that first baseman Howard lost in the sun. Castro's one-out single to right scored Soriano to tie it at 1.
Rollins batted fifth behind Howard, the third different spot he's hit since returning from the DL on Monday. Rollins, the team's usual leadoff hitter, batted third twice and sixth once. ... Philadelphia starters are 12-5 with a 3.05 ERA in 18 games this month. ... After making errors in seven straight games, the Cubs have just one in the last seven games. ... A crowd of 45,325 was the 62nd straight sellout at Citizens Bank Park.