Pittsburgh at Philadelphia

W: B. Myers (11-6) L: D. Williams (10-9)
HR: PIT - None   PHI - None

Phillies beat Pirates to take over NL wild-card lead

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- Brett Myers gave Philadelphia's overused bullpen a much-needed rest.

Myers pitched his second complete game this season and Chase Utley and David Bell drove in two runs apiece, leading the Phillies over the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 on Saturday night.

The Phillies snapped a two-game skid and moved a half-game ahead of Houston atop the NL wild-card standings. They trail East-leading Atlanta by 3½ games.

"I would've been satisfied with seven, eight innings and a win," Myers said. "We just have to win."

Myers (11-6) allowed six hits, including three infield singles, in his best outing since beating Colorado 5-3 on July 29. The right-hander's ERA had risen from 3.21 to 3.62 in his previous three starts. He pitched eight innings in a complete-game loss at Chicago on May 8.

"If you look at my pitch selection, I just tried to get them to put the ball in play rather than strike them out," Myers said.

Myers' fifth career complete game allowed the relievers to take a rare night off. Phillies starters have gone the distance only four times this season, and no starter had pitched eight innings since Aug. 5.

"Myers was very good," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He had a tremendous curveball. He got in a rhythm in the fourth inning and cruised. He kept his composure. He was totally relaxed."

The Phillies got all the runs Myers would need in the fourth against Dave Williams. Bobby Abreu and Pat Burrell walked to start the inning. Utley then lined a 1-2 pitch to the wall in right-center for a two-run triple. Ramon Martinez hit a sacrifice fly one out later to make it 3-1.

Bell added a two-run double that chased Williams in the sixth. Abreu singled leading off the inning and Utley walked with one out before Bell hit a liner into the right-field corner.

Williams (10-9) allowed five runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings. He tied a season high with five walks.

"I couldn't get my curveball for a strike," Williams said. "They were able to wait for the fastball. I put them in a situation where they were able to capitalize."

The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on Jose Castillo's sacrifice fly. Jason Bay led off with a double and went to third on Brad Eldred's one-out single.

"I like what we are as a ballclub right now," Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said. "We're young and going about our business the right way."


  • Bay left with a bruised rib cage in the fourth, but expects to play Sunday. He was hit by pitches twice Thursday against the Mets and felt some discomfort.
  • Despite being platooned the first two months, Utley has 74 RBI, one fewer than Abreu. Burrell leads the team with 88 RBI.
  • Bell, who has struggled this season, is hitting .396 (40-for-101) against left-handers, second-best in the majors.
  • A crowd of 43,192 turned out at Citizens Bank Park. It was the 10th sellout this season.
  • Pirates C Humberto Cota committed a rare error in the seventh when he picked up the ball with his mask. The runner on second base was allowed to move to third.
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Pat Burrell and Bobby Abreu celebrate after scoring on Chase Utley's fourth-inning triple. (AP)
Pat Burrell and Bobby Abreu celebrate after scoring on Chase Utley's fourth-inning triple. (AP)

Players of the Game

B. Myers
IP 9.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 2
K 5

C. Utley
AB 1
R 2
H 1
HR 0

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a-struck out for Cota in the 9th
b-grounded out for Torres in the 8th
2B - Jason Bay (37, Myers)
SF - Jose Castillo (4)
RBI - Jose Castillo (52)
CS - Jose Castillo (3, 2nd base by Myers/Lieberthal)
Team LOB - 6
Outfield Assists - Rob Mackowiak 1
DP - Mackowiak-Eldred, F. Sanchez-Eldred
E - Humberto Cota (4, Cota picked up the ball with his mask)
Pittsburgh Pirates
David Williams (L,10-9) 5.1455520 4.06
Salomon Torres 1.2211200 3.90
Mike Gonzalez 1100100 3.00
IBB - Utley by Salomon Torres
WP - Salomon Torres (4)
Pitches-Strikes - David Williams 104-60, Salomon Torres 37-19, Mike Gonzalez 16-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Williams 4-9, Salomon Torres 3-2, Mike Gonzalez 1-1
Batters Faced - David Williams 24, Salomon Torres 9, Mike Gonzalez 4
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5110002 .266
Jason Michaels, CF4011011 .303
Bobby Abreu, RF2210200 .295
Pat Burrell, LF3100103 .278
Chase Utley, 2B1212300 .297
David Bell, 3B4012014 .248
Ramon Martinez, 1B3011002 .280
Mike Lieberthal, C3000101 .242
Brett Myers, P3010102 .120
2B - David Bell (25, D. Williams)
3B - Chase Utley (4, D. Williams)
SF - Ramon Martinez (3)
RBI - Jason Michaels (24), Chase Utley 2 (74), David Bell 2 (43), Ramon Martinez (9)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Lieberthal-Utley
Philadelphia Phillies
Brett Myers (W,11-6) 9611250 3.48
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Myers 107-71
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Myers 14-7
Batters Faced - Brett Myers 34
Game Information
Attendance - 43192
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Bob Davidson