"I've been trying to keep things simple at the plate, just get a pitch I can drive," Ruf said. "I've been fortunate to not miss some of those pitches. I'm glad some of [the home runs] came in some pretty big situations to help the team out."
Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg said he's been impressed not only with Ruf's plate appearances but also with his ability to quickly learn how to play right field when the team needed him to start there.
"With Darin, that's been his trend even in the Minor Leagues," Sandberg said of his hot month. "He likes to get hot in August and September, and he's continuing to do that. Right field is very new to him. He had no experience when he came here, and there was a need for him to play right field and he went right out there and did a heck of a job. For me right now he's a three-position guy, a right-handed power bat, and he's shown a lot of good stuff."
"It's a great opportunity to not only help myself and help the team this year, but hopefully put everyone in a position where we can have a lot of success next year," Ruf said. "I'm just trying to learn as much as I can while I'm here -- learn from playing, learn from my teammates and the coaching staff. I've really had a positive experience so far and I'm looking forward to finishing the season strong."
Ruf was in left field on Saturday and made a fielding error in the third inning that led to a run.
Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyBal9. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.