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.
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.