Philadelphia at Chicago

Chi. Cubs
W: R. Dempster (2-3) L: B. Myers (1-3)
HR: PHI - A. Rowand (16)   CHC - None

First-place Cubs erase 8 1/2-game deficit in 5 1/2 weeks

CBS wire reports

CHICAGO -- Matt Murton got the call to come back from the minors less than a week ago and already he's helped the Chicago Cubs climb into first place.

Murton raced home on Brett Myers' bases-loaded wild pitch in the ninth inning Wednesday night, sending the Cubs to a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies and lifting them to the top of the NL Central.

"Some things in the past we got to leave behind us," said Murton, who had a 39-game stint at Triple-A. "It's just a great feeling to be around a winning ballclub and have a chance to play in October."

The Cubs, who were 8½ games behind on June 23, finally overcame the Milwaukee Brewers -- at least for a day. Chicago's win, coupled with the Mets' 8-5 win at Milwaukee, puts the Cubs a percentage point ahead of the Brewers.

"You can't make too much out of it on the first of August," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "We've got a lot of baseball to play. We can't get caught up in it."

Murton started the ninth with a sinking liner to left that defensive replacement Jayson Werth dove for but couldn't hold. Werth had come off the DL earlier in the day and just entered the game.

"When I hit the ball I thought there was an opportunity for it to fall in and I just kind of reading the play," Murton said. "And when I saw it pop loose and he was on the ground, I knew I had a good opportunity to get to second base."

Werth thought initially he'd hung on.

"I looked in my glove to take the ball out and it wasn't there," Werth said.

Murton hustled into second for a leadoff double and made third on Myers' wild pitch as Ronny Cedeno tried to bunt.

After Cedeno walked, Myers (1-3) also walked Jacque Jones intentionally to load the bases. Jason Kendall struck out, but with a 1-1 count on pinch-hitter Cliff Floyd, Myers unleashed the wild pitch that gave the Cubs the win.

Myers blamed himself for the loss.

"You can write I stink if you want," he said. "I feel like that was my best pitch to get Cliff out right there. He didn't swing at it and it got past Carlos (Ruiz). ... Normally, nine times out of 10 Carlos blocks that ball. It was a freaky game from the beginning tonight."

After Jones made a great diving catch to rob Tadahito Iguchi of a hit leading off the ninth, the Phillies still threatened.

Jimmy Rollins singled and stole second and third before Aaron Rowand and Pat Burrell drew two-out walks off Ryan Dempster (2-3) to load the bases, before Ruiz grounded into a force play.

Philadelphia dropped into third place, four games behind the Mets in the NL East.

Cubs starter Rich Hill, batting just .108, hit an RBI single in the second to score Kendall, who had doubled, putting the Cubs up 2-1. Derrek Lee opened the third with his second double, but after getting the next two batters, Phils starter Jamie Moyer gave up a two-out RBI single to Cedeno and run-scoring bloop double to Jones that made it 4-1. The 44-year-old lefty threw 38 pitches in the inning.

The Phils rallied against Hill in the fifth as Iguchi blooped a double in front of Jones, Rollins had an RBI single and Ryan Howard delivered with a run-scoring double. When Jones' throw got past the cutoff man, Howard tried to race to third but was cut down on Lee's strong throw. And it cost the Phils a run when Rowand followed with his 16th homer to tie the game at 4.

Moyer, who began his career with the Cubs after they chose him in the sixth round of the 1984 draft, lasted five innings and gave up nine hits and four runs.

Hill's error and wild pitch helped the Phillies score a run in the first, but he escaped a big inning after the first three batters reached. Hill threw wildly past first after fielding leadoff hitter Chris Roberson's slow grounder for a two-base error, Iguchi singled and Hill hit Rollins to load the bases.

After striking out Howard and Rowand, Hill was nearly out of the inning before uncorking a wild pitch to allow Roberson to score. Burrell walked to reload the bases before Ruiz popped out.

Murton hit a two-out RBI single in the first just past a fully extended Rollins at short to score Lee, who'd doubled.


  • Moyer made it to the majors with the Cubs in 1986.
  • Cubs RBI leader Aramis Ramirez was out of starting lineup to rest a sore knee but pinch-hit in the eighth when the Cubs also loaded the bases.
  • Werth was activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game. He had been out since June 28 with a strained left wrist.
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Jayson Werth can't hold Matt Murton's liner in the ninth. Four batters later, the Cubs have a win.  (AP)
Jayson Werth can't hold Matt Murton's liner in the ninth. Four batters later, the Cubs have a win. (AP)

Players of the Game

D. Lee
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0

J. Rollins
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Philadelphia Phillies
Chris Roberson, RF5100013 .444
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B5120021 .261
Jimmy Rollins, SS3121100 .298
Ryan Howard, 1B5011044 .271
Aaron Rowand, CF4111113 .324
Pat Burrell, LF2010310 .261
    Brett Myers, P0000000 .000
Carlos Ruiz, C4000108 .251
Abraham Nunez, 3B3020100 .254
Jamie Moyer, P2000004 .135
    Antonio Alfonseca, P0000000 .000
    Jose Mesa, P0000000 .000
   a- Greg Dobbs, PH1000010 .286
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
    Jayson Werth, LF0000000 .235
a-struck out for Mesa in the 8th
2B - Tadahito Iguchi (20, Hill), Ryan Howard (18, Hill), Pat Burrell (17, Hill)
HR - Aaron Rowand (16, Hill)
SH - Jamie Moyer (5)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (66), Ryan Howard (87), Aaron Rowand (61)
SB - Jimmy Rollins 2 (21, 2nd base off Dempster/Kendall, 3rd base off Dempster/Kendall), Aaron Rowand (6, 2nd base off Dempster/Kendall)
Team LOB - 12
DP - Iguchi-Rollins-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Jamie Moyer 5944260 4.84
Antonio Alfonseca 1100120 4.12
Jose Mesa 1000120 5.97
J.C. Romero 1000300 2.51
Brett Myers (L,1-3) 0.1111210 5.40
IBB - Kendall by Jamie Moyer, Jones by Brett Myers
WP - Brett Myers 2 (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 100-62, Antonio Alfonseca 20-12, Jose Mesa 24-14, J.C. Romero 29-13, Brett Myers 15-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 3-5, Antonio Alfonseca 1-0, Jose Mesa 1-0, J.C. Romero 1-2
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 25, Antonio Alfonseca 5, Jose Mesa 4, J.C. Romero 6, Brett Myers 4
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF4020100 .298
Mike Fontenot, 2B3000111 .305
   a- Ryan Theriot, PH-SS0000100 .283
Derrek Lee, 1B4220122 .326
Mark DeRosa, 3B4010124 .288
Matt Murton, RF4121112 .252
Ronny Cedeno, SS-2B4111124 .143
Jacque Jones, CF4011102 .242
Jason Kendall, C4110113 .226
Rich Hill, P2011012 .128
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
   b- Angel Pagan, PH1000010 .275
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
   c- Aramis Ramirez, PH1000000 .318
    Ryan Dempster, P0000000 .000
   d- Cliff Floyd, PH0000000 .294
a-walked for Fontenot in the 8th
b-struck out for Eyre in the 6th
c-flied out for Howry in the 8th
d-announced for Dempster in the 9th
2B - Derrek Lee 2 (30, Moyer, Moyer), Mark DeRosa (20, Moyer), Matt Murton (8, Myers), Jacque Jones (18, Moyer), Jason Kendall (12, Moyer)
RBI - Matt Murton (9), Ronny Cedeno (6), Jacque Jones (30), Rich Hill (3)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Murton (3), Ronny Cedeno (2), Jacque Jones (22)
SB - Alfonso Soriano 3 (18, 2nd base off Alfonseca/Ruiz, 2nd base off Romero/Ruiz, 3rd base off Romero/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 14
Outfield Assists - Jacque Jones 1
DP - DeRosa-Fontenot-Lee
E - Rich Hill (4, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
Rich Hill 4.2843351 3.67
Scott Eyre 1.1000130 5.71
Carlos Marmol 1000100 1.59
Bob Howry 1000010 4.10
Ryan Dempster (W,2-3) 1100210 2.95
HBP - Rollins (by Rich Hill)
WP - Rich Hill (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Rich Hill 95-61, Scott Eyre 22-14, Carlos Marmol 9-5, Bob Howry 14-10, Ryan Dempster 32-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rich Hill 4-5, Carlos Marmol 1-1, Bob Howry 2-0, Ryan Dempster 1-1
Batters Faced - Rich Hill 26, Scott Eyre 5, Carlos Marmol 3, Bob Howry 3, Ryan Dempster 6
Game Information
Attendance - 40558
Game Time - 3:35
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Ron Kulpa