Series: Game 3 of 4

Philadelphia leads 2-1 (as of 7/24)

Game 1: Monday, July 22
Philadelphia 6Final
Chicago 7
Game 2: Tuesday, July 23
Philadelphia 7Final
Chicago 4
Game 3: Wednesday, July 24
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Chicago 2
Game 4: Thursday, July 25
Philadelphia 6Final
Chicago 2

Phillies 4

(46-54, 21-28 away)

Cubs 2

(43-56, 23-27 home)

    2:20 PM ET, July 24, 2002

    Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: B. Myers (1-0)

    L: M. Prior (4-3)

    S: J. Mesa (27)

    Myers outduels Prior for win

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Brett Myers got control of his nerves early and then made quick work of the Chicago Cubs in a marvelous major league debut.

    "In the bullpen and the first inning I had some jitters. That went away. I tried to calm down and pitch my game,'' Myers said Wednesday after allowing just two hits over eight innings, pitching the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-2 win.

    "I tried to pitch the best I could. I didn't try to put any pressure on myself. I tried to play catch with (Mike) Lieberthal,'' he added.

    Myers, who said he could hear four or five family members as they cheered him from the stands, outpitched fellow first-round pick Mark Prior in a meeting of 21-year-old rookies at windy Wrigley Field.

    "Two young guys who are going to be around baseball for a long time and do good things,'' said Phillies' Marlon Anderson, who hit a tiebreaking homer off Prior in the seventh.

    Myers left with a 4-1 lead. But Sammy Sosa hit his 31st homer with two outs in the ninth off Jose Mesa, who then gave up singles to Fred McGriff and Moises Alou before striking out Corey Patterson for his 27th save.

    Myers (1-0) allowed a third-inning homer to Mark Bellhorn, then retired 14 straight before Todd Hundley hit a one-out double in the eighth. Myers, the 12th selection in the 1999 amateur draft, was called up from Triple-A before the game.

    "He really knows how to pitch. He didn't seemed dazed at all,'' said Lieberthal, the Phillies catcher.

    "I can't say enough about what the kid did,'' Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "He lived up to his reputation. But he's going to take some lumps. Don't let anyone think this is going to be a smooth ride. He's going to go through some growing pains''

    Myers struck out five and walked just one -- Bill Mueller in the first. He followed the walk by retiring Sosa and McGriff.

    The only other Cubs batter to reach base in the first seven innings was Bellhorn, who hit his 14th homer through a 14-mph wind in the third.

    "If you haven't seen a guy before, you don't know what he does or how he works,'' Bellhorn said. "He just pitched well.''

    Prior (4-3), the No. 2 pick overall in the 2001 draft, walked a career-high five while striking eight in seven innings. He gave up just four hits and said he wasn't worrying too much about Myers.

    "I'm not sitting there and watching him too much,'' Prior said. "The time for that is when I'm not pitching.''

    The Phillies had tied the game in the sixth on two walks, a double steal and Travis Lee's sacrifice fly.

    Reliever Tom Gordon walked Abreu and Pat Burrell in the eighth, and Lee and Mike Lieberthal hit RBI singles that made it 4-1.

    Game notes

    Philadelphia has used a starter in his major league debut in eight straight seasons. Myers was 13-4 two years ago at Double-A Reading and 9-6 this season at Scranton. ... Alou returned to the Chicago lineup for the first time since leaving Sunday's game with a bruised right elbow. ... The Phillies placed right-hander Robert Person on the 15-day disabled list with an inflamed right shoulder. He lasted two innings Monday against the Cubs.

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