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Moyer, Rollins lead wild-card chasing Phillies past Cubs

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PHILADELPHIA -- Once again Jamie Moyer showed exactly why the Philadelphia Phillies acquired him to pitch in a playoff race.

Moyer tossed seven solid innings and Abraham Nunez had a two-run single to lead Philadelphia over the Chicago Cubs 4-1 Tuesday night.

Jimmy Rollins hit a solo homer and David Dellucci added an RBI double for the Phillies, who entered the night 1½ games behind San Diego in the NL wild-card standings.

Moyer (3-2) allowed one run and six hits in his sixth start since the 43-year-old left-hander arrived from Seattle. He didn't walk a batter and has pitched at least six innings in each outing with Philadelphia.

"You have to give your bullpen an opportunity to pitch quality innings, not mop-up innings," Moyer said. "I wanted to go as deep as I can and throw as few pitches as possible."

Geoff Geary retired the side in the eighth after Aaron Fultz allowed a leadoff single to Juan Pierre. Tom Gordon pitched a scoreless ninth for his 32nd save in 36 chances.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel raved about Moyer's performance. The Phillies traded two minor league prospects to the Mariners for Moyer on Aug. 19.

"He's a true professional," Manuel said. "He's at the ballpark real early. He does his work. He's prepared. He really studies the hitters. He'll call people about hitters. He's very demanding of himself. He might not light up a radar gun, but he'll get you out."

Matt Murton homered for Chicago. Wade Miller (0-2) gave up two runs -- one earned -- and four hits in 4 2/3 innings. The Cubs, who have the NL's worst record, had won six of eight after a 2-14 stretch.

Ryan Howard, who leads the majors with 57 homers and again heard "M-V-P!" chants each time he came to the plate, started a two-out rally in the fifth with a single to left. He scored on a headfirst dive after Dellucci hit a liner into the left-center field gap that chased Miller.

Roberto Novoa came in and walked Pat Burrell. Chris Coste then reached on shortstop Ronny Cedeno's fielding error to load the bases. Nunez followed with a bloop single to right-center that scored two runs for a 3-0 lead.

"If you put the ball in play, things can happen," Manuel said. "Sometimes you don't have to hit the ball real hard if you find the right place."

Murton connected with two outs in the sixth to cut it to 3-1. Rollins hit his 22nd homer off David Aardsma in the eighth.

Miller, making his third start since right shoulder surgery, struck out eight and pitched out of trouble early in the game.

The Phillies loaded the bases in the first inning, but Miller froze Burrell with a slow curve on a 3-2 pitch to end the threat. Burrell, who leads the majors in taking called third strikes, heard loud boos after he failed yet again in a clutch situation. Burrell is hitting .160 (12-for-75) with two outs and runners in scoring position.

Miller escaped another bases-loaded jam in the fourth by striking out Rollins on another offspeed pitch.

"He threw the ball well," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "It was a very encouraging outing."

The Phillies improved to 37-39 at home. Coming in, they were the only team in the majors with a losing record at home and winning mark overall.

Notes

  • In the first inning, Rollins stole his 20th consecutive base without getting caught. He has 36 steals.
  • Cedeno extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a third-inning double. But his costly error was Chicago's first in seven games.
  • Chicago's Aramis Ramirez went 0-for-4, ending a nine-game hitting streak.
  • LHP Les Walrond will start for the Cubs on Wednesday. Juan Mateo had been scheduled to pitch.
 
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Jamie Moyer yields just one run on six hits over seven innings, while striking out three with no walks.  (AP)
Jamie Moyer yields just one run on six hits over seven innings, while striking out three with no walks. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

J. Rollins
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Philadelphia

J. Moyer
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 0
K 3
 

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Chicago Cubs
Juan Pierre, CF4010002 .289
Ryan Theriot, 2B4010011 .327
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4000002 .291
Matt Murton, LF4121002 .299
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
Jacque Jones, RF3000011 .283
Henry Blanco, 1B4020002 .270
Ronny Cedeno, SS3010001 .250
Geovany Soto, C3000012 .250
   a- John Mabry, PH1000011 .205
Wade Miller, P2010011 .250
    Roberto Novoa, P0000000 .200
    Will Ohman, P00000001.000
   b- Freddie Bynum, PH1000001 .254
    David Aardsma, P0000000 .000
    Angel Pagan, LF0000000 .259
Totals331810516 
a-struck out for Soto in the 9th
b-grounded out for Ohman in the 7th
Batting
2B - Henry Blanco (14, Gordon), Ronny Cedeno (17, Moyer)
HR - Matt Murton (13, Moyer)
SH - Ronny Cedeno (15)
RBI - Matt Murton (60)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Murton (21)
SB - Juan Pierre (53, 2nd base off Geary/Coste), Ryan Theriot (11, 2nd base off Moyer/Coste)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Ronny Cedeno (25, ), Geovany Soto (1, )
Chicago Cubs
Wade Miller (L,0-2) 4.2421480 4.97
Roberto Novoa 0.1110100 4.25
Will Ohman 1100010 4.12
David Aardsma 1.2111121 4.04
Scott Eyre 0.1100100 2.88
IBB - Howard by Scott Eyre
HBP - Dellucci (by Wade Miller)
WP - Wade Miller (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Miller 92-48, Roberto Novoa 11-6, Will Ohman 14-11, David Aardsma 30-21, Scott Eyre 11-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Miller 3-3, Roberto Novoa 2-0
Batters Faced - Wade Miller 23, Roberto Novoa 4, Will Ohman 4, David Aardsma 7, Scott Eyre 3
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5121024 .274
Shane Victorino, CF5000021 .279
Chase Utley, 2B5020011 .300
Ryan Howard, 1B3110221 .313
David Dellucci, RF3111020 .291
    Chris Roberson, LF1000002 .200
Pat Burrell, LF2100213 .252
    Michael Bourn, PR-RF0000000 .000
Chris Coste, C4010001 .314
Abraham Nunez, 3B2012211 .211
Jamie Moyer, P1000102 .063
    Aaron Fultz, P0000000 .000
    Geoff Geary, P0000000 .250
   a- Randall Simon, PH1000000 .214
    Tom Gordon, P0000000 .000
Totals3248471116 
a-flied out for Geary in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chase Utley (38, Eyre), David Dellucci (14, W. Miller)
HR - Jimmy Rollins (22, Aardsma)
SH - Jamie Moyer (2)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (73), David Dellucci (38), Abraham Nunez 2 (27)
2-OUT RBI - David Dellucci (2), Abraham Nunez 2 (10)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (36, 2nd base off W. Miller/Soto), Michael Bourn (1, 3rd base off Aardsma/Soto)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Moyer-Rollins-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Jamie Moyer (W,9-14) 7611031 4.27
Aaron Fultz0100000 4.79
Geoff Geary (H,14) 1000000 2.95
Tom Gordon (S,32) 1100020 3.09
HBP - Jones (by Jamie Moyer)
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 98-66, Aaron Fultz 3-2, Geoff Geary 15-7, Tom Gordon 23-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 10-7, Geoff Geary 2-1
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 27, Aaron Fultz 1, Geoff Geary 3, Tom Gordon 4
Game Information
Attendance - 31892
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Chuck Meriwether, Third Base - Jerry Crawford