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Abbott's win over Cubs his first with Philly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Paul Abbott, who had gotten little run
support from his teammates, helped himself.

Abbott got his first win with the Phillies and drove in the first two runs of his career to lead Philadelphia over the Chicago Cubs 4-3 Saturday.

Abbott (1-4), signed on June 9 after Tampa Bay released him,
allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings for his first
win since April 21. He lost his first four decisions with the
Phillies and hadn't won since April 21.

"Dying for a win? That's an understatement," Abbott said. "I
needed to get that out of the way. I'm officially a Phillie now."

Before his single in the fourth put Philadelphia ahead 4-2,
Abbott had been 4-for-18 at the plate in his career. Abbott threw
80 pitches and left after Aramis Ramirez's solo homer in the sixth.

"I was just trying to see the ball and get a good pitch to
hit," Abbott said. "I didn't see it go through. It was probably a
50-hopper."

Abbott left the game with the lead, but had to sit through 3 2/3
agonizing innings while icing his arm in the clubhouse.

Roberto Hernandez and Rheal Cormier combined to pitch two
scoreless innings. Then, with closer Billy Wagner unavailable
because of a strained left shoulder, Tim Worrell got six outs for
his 10th save in 14 chances.

Michael Barrett and Ramirez hit back-to-back singles in the
eighth, but Phillies second baseman Placido Polanco made a backhand
stop on Alex Gonzalez's sharp grounder and flipped to shortstop
Jimmy Rollins at second. Rollins then threw to first to complete
the double play.

"Polanco's as good a defensive second baseman as there is,"
Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "The ball took a bad hop. If
you're an infielder, that's the worst kind of hop there is. It was
an unbelievable play."

Worrell allowed a leadoff double to pinch-hitter Tom Goodwin in
the ninth before retiring the next two hitters. He fell behind
Sammy Sosa 3-1, then threw a slider on the outside corner. Sosa
dropped the bat and started to trot to first. He stopped when he
heard plate umpire Joe West call the pitch a strike.

"I thought it was a ball," Sosa said. "He just didn't make
that call."

Worrell threw another pitch in the same spot and got Sosa
swinging to end the game.

Sosa and Derrek Lee homered for the second straight game for
Chicago, which had won three in a row. Sosa homered in the first,
reaching 20 for the 12th straight season and pulling within four of
Reggie Jackson with the 559th of his career.

Chicago starter Carlos Zambrano (9-6), pitching while he appeals
a five-game suspension given after he hit Jim Edmonds of St. Louis
twice with pitches Monday, allowed four runs, eight hits and three
walks in 6 1/3 innings. He has lost three straight starts and four
of five.

"I wasn't surprised Carlos came back with a good outing," Cubs
manager Dusty Baker said. "He's still young and still learning."

Chicago led 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth when Bobby Abreu
walked leading off, Pat Burrell singled off the glove of shortstop
Gonzalez with one out and Ricky Ledee singled home the tying run.

David Bell loaded the bases when his broken-bat looper sailed
over second baseman Mark Grudzielanek for a single.

Todd Pratt took a called third strike but Abbott hit the next
pitch up the middle past a diving Gonzalez.

"That's the first time all year Larry's not told me to take a
strike," Abbott said. "It seems like every time he does, they
groove the first one. That's the protocol for a pitcher when you're
facing another pitcher."

Chicago had runners at first and third with two outs in the
fifth, but Abbott got Moises Alou to fly out. Alou threw down his
bat in disgust before jogging to first. With a runner on in the
seventh, he again flied out.

Abreu hit a run-scoring groundout in the bottom of the first,
but Lee homered in the fourth, his 18th of the season and sixth in
10 games.

Game notes
Cubs CF Corey Patterson stole his team-high 13th base in
the third inning. ... Phillies 1B Jim Thome returned to the lineup
after missing Friday night's game with a finger injury and went
1-for-4. ... Abbott has allowed 12 homers in eight starts with the
Phillies, 10 of them solo shots.