PHILADELPHIA -- They aren't far apart mile-wise, but Washington's and Philadelphia's baseball teams might as well be separated by a million miles.

After sweeping the Nationals in four games, the Cubs traveled to Philadelphia, where it's an entirely different ballgame.

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The defending World Series champions played like it, smacking around Ted Lilly for their ninth straight victory, this one 10-1 in front of 45,268 fans at Citizens Bank Park.

If there was a bright spot for the Cubs, it was Lilly's pronouncement afterward that "my knee's fine," although how it reacts to four long innings and 96 pitches a day later will be the key.

"I don't expect anything bad to happen," Lilly said. "[Tuesday] we'll have a better idea what's going on. It should be fine."

If the left knee is fine, then Lilly's only real excuse for getting beat around for eight hits and nine runs (seven earned) was his nine days between starts.

"Maybe that had something to do with my command," he said. "My arm strength felt good, my body felt good."

But he quickly discovered the Phillies lead the National League in home runs and runs scored for good reason.

And Cubs hitters discovered the Phillies' pitching staff is not the Nationals', against whom they hit .306 in their four-game sweep.

Philadelphia starter Rodrigo Lopez, making just his third start since 2007 elbow surgery, allowed only one run in six innings -- and he hadn't pitched in 12 days.

The only Cubs run came in the fifth inning on a double by Andres Blanco, batting for Lilly, and a single by Ryan Theriot. The Cubs had only six hits, three by rejuvenated Alfonso Soriano, who slugged a pair of homers in Washington.

"I have the same swing, but it's a long season," he said. "Sometimes I get tired mentally. My body gets tired too.

"I disappear for like 40 games, and now I feel good. But I don't do anything different."

Soriano also dropped an easy fly ball that helped open the floodgates in a four-run Philadelphia fourth that spelled the end for Lilly.

But the game was almost out of reach after the first two innings.

Raul Ibanez launched a Lilly pitch over the 401-foot sign in center field for a 3-0 lead in the first.

The Phillies were back with two more in the second inning, on a walk to Pedro Feliz and a home run by .226-hitting catcher Carlos Ruiz.

"Whether it's 10-1 or 3-2, it's only one loss," manager Lou Piniella said. "The important thing for us and Ted is he came out of this [all right] health-wise and he'll pitch better next time."

"I expect to do a lot better than that," Lilly said. "That kind of effort is not going to work. It makes it awful tough on us to win games with less than four innings."

Jeff Stevens (two) and Aaron Heilman (one) threw scoreless innings in relief, but Ryan Howard hit an eighth-inning homer off Angel Guzman as the entire Phillies lineup showed why they played until the end of October last year.

"The lineup hasn't changed too much from the lineup that won the World Series, and they added another left-handed bat [Ibanez]," Lilly said.

dvandyck@tribune.com Up next Tuesday at Phillies, 6:05 p.m., WGN-Ch. 9

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