Chicago (54-52) at Philadelphia (55-52)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed Aug 3, 2005
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The Philadelphia Phillies hope to generate some offense against Chicago Cubs starter Jerome Williams as they play the middle game of their series at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies have scored three runs total in consecutive losses against the Rockies and Cubs.

Philadelphia managed eight hits and two runs in Sunday’s 9-2 loss to Colorado at hitter friendly Coors Field. Carlos Zambrano held the Phillies scoreless in eight innings to lead Chicago to a 2-1 victory on Tuesday.

Bobby Abreu had two of Philadelphia’s four hits against Zambrano. The Phillies were more patient against Cubs closer Ryan Dempster in the ninth inning.

Dempster walked four straight batters with one out before striking out the last two for his 15th save in 17 chances.

“Wow! I apologize for putting people on the edge of their seats back in Chicago,” said Dempster, a converted starter who became the Cubs’ closer in May. “That was the most stressful one I’ve been through.”

The Cubs snapped a two-game skid and moved two games over .500.

“It was tough and exciting, but we got it,” Chicago manager Dusty Baker said. “That would’ve been a devastating loss.”

Outfielder Matt Lawton went 2-for-5 in the leadoff spot in his first game for the Cubs since coming over from Pittsburgh in a trade on Sunday.

Chicago hopes Williams can hold down the Phillies offense on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old righty was on the losing end of the Cubs’ 6-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday. Williams, who is 3-4 with a 4.61 ERA, allowed only one run and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Williams Phi vs. R. Tejeda Cle
6-10 Record 4-3
4.26 ERA 3.57
70 K 72
49 BB 51
1.37 WHIP 1.38