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Rollins RBI double in ninth vaults Phillies past Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) -- Jimmy Rollins was determined not to waste Brett Myers' solid performance.

Rollins doubled in the go-ahead run in the ninth and the
Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 Wednesday night to
extend their winning streak to five games.

"Jimmy told me, 'Just get the win and let somebody get the
save," Myers said. "I was like, 'Whatever, just win the game.'
It's kind of funny that he said that and then drove in the
game-winning run."

Matt Murton's homer in the bottom of the eighth tied it at 1 for
Chicago after Myers (9-6) held the Cubs scoreless on three hits
through the first seven innings.

"He had good stuff and he had his control. He did a good job of
mixing it up and keeping you off balance," Murton said.

Ryan Howard's 44th homer leading off the sixth had put the
Phillies ahead 1-0.

Chicago reliever Bob Howry (3-4) retired the first two hitters
in the ninth. But Abraham Nunez drew a walk and pinch-hitter Joe Thurston -- batting for Myers -- dropped a single into right field.

Rollins then drove a double to right-center to score Nunez, and
Thurston was thrown out at the plate on the play. Arthur Rhodes got
the first out in the bottom of the ninth and Geoff Geary the final
two batters for his first save in two chances.

"A walk, a bloop and a hit and that's the ballgame. That's a
tough one to lose," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said.

"You never want to waste an effort like that," Rollins said of
Myers' outing. "Tonight we were able to pull one out. That's
playing winning baseball, doing what we can to win. No one trying
to be the hero, just doing what they can."

Howard was in a 1-for-11 slide when he connected off Angel Guzman with a towering drive that easily cleared the fence in
left-center for the game's first run.

"I don't want to walk the leadoff hitter. He beat me with my
best pitch, the fastball," Guzman said.

Myers had been roughed up in his two previous starts, giving up
seven hits and five runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Reds (a
no-decision) and nine hits and six runs in 3 1/3 innings while
losing to the Nationals.

But he was sharp from the outset against the Cubs and allowed
just four hits in eight innings with one walk and nine strikeouts.
The Phillies moved within 1½ games of Cincinnati in the NL
wild-card race.

"Right now it's been fun," Howard said. "We've been playing
some good ball. We know what's at stake."

Myers walked leadoff hitter Juan Pierre -- he was thrown out
trying to steal -- and then retired the next 10 batters before
Aramis Ramirez doubled past third for Chicago's first hit with two
outs in the fourth.

Freddie Bynum singled leading off the seventh for the Cubs'
second hit, but was picked off first for the second out of the
inning. Jacque Jones followed with a double into the ivy in right
field, but Michael Barrett then flied out to end the threat.

"I got a little bit too anxious. That's all," Bynum said. "I
was trying to get to second and get in scoring position but
unfortunately he picked me off."

Guzman, making his sixth major league start, gave up just four
hits in six innings with three walks and eight strikeouts.

Guzman struck out David Dellucci with the bases loaded to end
the first after he yielded two walks and an infield single. The
Phillies' next hit was Dellucci's two-out single in the fourth.

Rollins walked again with two outs in the fifth, moved up on a
wild pitch and made third when Shane Victorino beat out his second
infield hit of the game to short. However, Guzman struck out Chase Utley to end the threat.

Game notes
Howard was 1-for-18 in his career at Wrigley Field and
4-for-29 overall against the Cubs before his homer. ... Utley
returned to the lineup after missing Tuesday's game with a sore
ankle and leg as the result of his collision Monday with teammate
Aaron Rowand, who broke his ankle on the play. ... Cubs C Barrett,
out with a sore triceps, made his first start since Aug. 18.