CHICAGO -- At 43, Jamie Moyer's stuff is slower than ever, though just as effective.
Making his Phillies debut, Moyer got his first victory in five starts, leading Philadelphia to a 6-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night. He became the oldest Phillies pitcher to record a victory in franchise history.
"He throws under the speed limit, which is as effective sometimes as throwing over the speed limit," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said.
Jimmy Rollins had an RBI triple in the third and the Phillies broke open a close game with three runs in the sixth to win their fourth game in a row and keep pace in the NL wild-card race.
The Phillies remained 2½ games behind wild-card leading Cincinnati, which beat Houston 14-0. Philadelphia improved to 63-62, marking the first time they've been over .500 since they were 33-32 on June 14.
"We got some big hits at the right time tonight," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "We kind of divided our offense. It was consistent throughout our lineup."
Moyer (1-0) had a no-hitter through 4 1/3 innings, with two batters reaching on errors and one on a walk. He gave up three runs and six hits over six innings to earn his first win since July 26 and second since June 24.
"I'll take it," he said. "I like this environment. It's a great clubhouse for the two days I've been here."
Ryan Madson pitched the ninth for his first save in three chances this season.
Moyer was acquired from Seattle -- where he is the all-time leader in wins, starts and innings -- on Saturday night. He made his first start at Wrigley Field since Oct. 2, 1988, when he was at the end of a three-year tenure with the Cubs, who drafted him in 1984.
"He pitched like I've always seen him pitch," Manuel said. "He got a lot of ground balls, a lot chopped back. He pitched real good and he fits in."
Moyer returned to Wrigley with his wife, children, parents, father-in-law Digger Phelps and his college roommate in tow, among others.
"It's nice to be able to come in here and put some zeros up on the board and get some run support," Moyer said. "Compared to the situation I just left, there's a lot more fun involved with this."
Cubs rookie Ryan O'Malley (1-1) left the game in the fifth with a strained left elbow, and will be re-evaluated Wednesday. Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2002, the left-hander has never been on the DL.
"I don't know, bad luck," Baker said. "I don't know what's going on."
He said he began feeling stiffness in his forearm in the third inning and then a twinge in his elbow in the fifth after throwing a ball back to the umpire. With a one-ball count to Rollins with two outs, O'Malley stepped off the mound and started shaking his left arm. He met with coaches and the assistant trainer on the mound and was then replaced by Glendon Rusch.
"My debut at Wrigley Field," said the Springfield, Ill. native, "it's a dream come true to be out there. It would have taken anything to get me out of there. Unfortunately, I just didn't want to push it any farther."
O'Malley, who gave up three runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings, was making his first start since throwing eight scoreless innings in a 1-0 win at Houston last week in his major league debut.
With the Phillies up 3-0 in the fifth, Henry Blanco ended Moyer's no-hit bid with a single past third base. Ronny Cedeno then reached on a single off Rollins' glove and Glendon Rusch moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt.
Juan Pierre hit a two-run single to left, with a sliding Cedeno scoring on a dropped tag at the plate by Mike Lieberthal.
The Phillies came right back. Pat Burrell and David Dellucci had RBI doubles and Shane Victorino a run-scoring single in the sixth to give the Phillies a 6-2 lead. All three runs were charged to Rusch.
"You've got to shut them down right there and give your offense a chance to come back," Baker said.
Moyer gave up three hits in the sixth and Henry Blanco had an RBI single with two outs to cut the Phillies' lead to three. Ryan Theriot had a two-out double in the seventh, but was caught stealing third to end the inning. He went on his own, much to Baker's chagrin.
"That shocked us all," Baker said. "That wasn't a good play. That was a bad play, especially with the three-four-five (hitters) coming up there."
Burrell had an RBI groundout in the first with the bases loaded, scoring Victorino. O'Malley walked Victorino to start the game and hit Ryan Howard to load the bases.
O'Malley gave up a single to Victorino in the third but started a rundown to get him out. He then gave up a single to Danny Sandoval, who scored on Rollins' fifth triple of the season. Rollins scored on Howard's grounder.
|Jamie Moyer allows three runs and strikes out four through six innings to grab a win in his debut. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Shane Victorino, CF||4||1||2||1||1||0||0||.270|
|Danny Sandoval, 2B||4||1||2||0||1||0||0||.192|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||5||1||1||1||0||0||5||.279|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||1||0||.293|
|Pat Burrell, LF||4||1||1||2||0||2||0||.260|
|Aaron Fultz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rick White, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Madson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.182|
|Mike Lieberthal, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.262|
|David Dellucci, RF-LF||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.325|
|Abraham Nunez, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.206|
|Jamie Moyer, P||3||0||0||0||0||2||3||.167|
|Chris Roberson, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.172|
|2B - Pat Burrell (21, Rusch), David Dellucci (13, Rusch)|
|3B - Jimmy Rollins (5, O'Malley)|
|RBI - Shane Victorino (35), Jimmy Rollins (58), Ryan Howard (112), Pat Burrell 2 (78), David Dellucci (34)|
|2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino (16)|
|CS - Shane Victorino (1, 2nd base by O'Malley/Blanco)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|E - Mike Lieberthal (4, ), Jamie Moyer (2, )|
|Jamie Moyer (W,7-12)||6||6||3||3||1||4||0||4.39|
|Aaron Fultz (H,6)||0.2||1||0||0||0||1||0||4.00|
|Rick White (H,5)||1.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.78|
|Ryan Madson (S,1)||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||5.65|
|WP - Ryan Madson (11)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 94-58, Aaron Fultz 11-8, Rick White 10-7, Ryan Madson 16-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 8-6, Aaron Fultz 1-0, Rick White 3-0, Ryan Madson 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 26, Aaron Fultz 3, Rick White 3, Ryan Madson 5|
|Juan Pierre, CF||5||0||1||2||0||0||2||.287|
|Ryan Theriot, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.286|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.284|
|Phil Nevin, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.237|
|Jacque Jones, RF||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.282|
|Matt Murton, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.294|
|Henry Blanco, C||4||1||3||1||0||0||1||.256|
|Ronny Cedeno, SS||3||1||1||0||0||0||2||.248|
|a- Freddie Bynum, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.263|
|Ryan O'Malley, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Glendon Rusch, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.231|
|David Aardsma, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Michael Wuertz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Buck Coats, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Bob Howry, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|Ryan Dempster, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- John Mabry, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.230|
|a-flied out for Cedeno in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Wuertz in the 7th|
|c-walked for Dempster in the 9th|
|2B - Ryan Theriot (4, Fultz), Henry Blanco (9, Madson)|
|SH - Glendon Rusch (3)|
|RBI - Juan Pierre 2 (28), Henry Blanco (26)|
|2-OUT RBI - Juan Pierre 2 (17), Henry Blanco (13)|
|SB - Juan Pierre (44, 3rd base off Moyer/Lieberthal), Aramis Ramirez (2, 2nd base off Moyer/Lieberthal)|
|CS - Juan Pierre (16, 2nd base by Moyer/Lieberthal), Ryan Theriot (1, 3rd base by White/Lieberthal)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|E - Ronny Cedeno (21, ), Ryan Theriot (1, )|
|Ryan O'Malley (L,1-1)||4.2||5||3||3||1||2||0||2.13|
|HBP - Howard (by Ryan O'Malley)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ryan O'Malley 75-51, Glendon Rusch 22-15, David Aardsma 21-9, Michael Wuertz 21-14, Bob Howry 17-11, Ryan Dempster 14-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan O'Malley 4-7, Glendon Rusch 1-1, Michael Wuertz 1-0, Bob Howry 1-2, Ryan Dempster 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Ryan O'Malley 20, Glendon Rusch 5, David Aardsma 5, Michael Wuertz 4, Bob Howry 3, Ryan Dempster 3|
|Attendance - 38770|
|Game Time - 2:52|
|Temperature - 80|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Brian Runge|