Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/18/12

As batterymates who have shared plenty of memorable moments, including a perfect game and a postseason no-hitter, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay and catcher Carlos Ruiz share a special kinship. They're at each other's side in triumph and in defeat.

So after Ruiz banged out four hits and three RBI to further pad an All-Star campaign in leading the Phillies to a 8-7 win over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, there was no one happier for the catcher than his starting pitcher.

"For me, the best catcher in the National League right now," Halladay said. "We've said it for years. Unfortunately you have to really hit to get that notoriety, and he's doing that right now. Hopefully people take notice."

While Halladay delivered eight strong innings -- needing just 99 pitches in holding the Cubs to three runs on seven hits -- Ruiz supplied the offense throughout the night.

Ruiz collected a two-out, RBI single in the first inning. He banged out another single in the second. In the fifth, he followed a Hunter Pence double with a run-scoring single to right. In the eighth, when the Phillies tacked on what would be three very important insurance runs, Ruiz was right there, too, hitting an RBI double.

The Phillies swept their second straight two-game series this week, and Ruiz had the game-winning hit both nights at Wrigley Field.

"He's hot. He's been playing great, man," manager Charlie Manuel said. "I can't say enough about him. And good he is (hot), because we definitely need it. We need every bit of that."

Ruiz is hitting .429 with 17 RBI in 15 games this month. Overall, he's hitting .363, trailing only David Wright (.411) and Rafael Furcal (.367) in the National League batting race.

Among major league catchers, Ruiz ranks first in batting average, on-base-plus-slugging percentage (1.024) and on-base percentage (.405) and second in home runs (seven).

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