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Myers' three-hitter gives 60,960 fans plenty to cheer

6/22/2003

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Brett Myers fed off the full house.

The rookie right-hander pitched a three-hitter for his first
major league shutout and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Boston
Red Sox 5-0 Sunday before a sellout crowd of 60,960.

The crowd was the largest at Veterans Stadium since the 1993
home opener, and the eighth-largest since the park opened in 1971.

"It was awesome to pitch in front of that kind of crowd, it was
a huge adrenaline rush,'' Myers said.

The game was delayed 16 minutes at the start for ceremonies to
salute the 1980 team, the only Phillies club to win the World
Series. Fans received a Steve Carlton bobblehead doll.

Bobby Abreu homered for the second straight game and rookie
Marlon Byrd hit his first home run of the season. Jimmy Rollins
also homered as the Phillies won for the fifth time in six games.

Nomar Garciaparra went 0-for-3 with a walk, one game after tying
a Red Sox record with six hits. The Phillies swept the two-game
series, cut short by a rainout.

Myers (6-6) became the fourth different Phillies pitcher to
pitch a shutout this season, joining Kevin Millwood, Randy Wolf and
Vicente Padilla.

"Brett was unbelievable,'' Philadelphia manager Larry Bowa
said. "You couldn't have drawn it up any better than that game.''

Myers held Boston to three singles, the last by pitcher
Byung-Hyun Kim in the fifth inning. He struck out five, walked
three and retired the final 10 batters.

"(Boston) is an aggressive hitting team and I tried to play
into that,'' Myers said. "I tried to locate my fastball and
everything else worked off of that pitch.''

Myers appeared to grow stronger as the game went along. His
complete-game bid was helped by a four-pitch eighth inning.

"That's when I starting thinking about throwing a complete
game,'' Myers said. "I got through a couple of tough innings and I
felt good.''

Myers allowed two baserunners in the fifth and sixth inning,
prompting a visit from catcher Todd Pratt.

"I told him that we're not trying to powerize these guys,''
Pratt said. "It's location more than overpowering. He settled down
after that.''

Boston had plenty of trouble with Myers, especially the 2-3-4-5
hitters who went a cominbed 0-for-14.

"He hit his spots well and was constantly hitting the outside
corner,'' second baseman Todd Walker, who went 0-for-4.

"We saw Myers in limited time in the spring and he was
impressive,'' Boston manager Grady Little said. "He's got a good
sinker, good curveball and an effective change.''

Abreu opened the scoring with his 12th homer of the season,
connecting in the third against Kim (1-1).

The Phillies made it 2-0 in the sixth on David Bell's sacrifice
fly, scoring Abreu.

Philadelphia broke up the game against Boston's bullpen.

Byrd homered off Ryan Rupe to start the seventh. Rollins later
hit a two-run shot, his fourth homer of the year.

Philadelphia even tried to get fancy in the fifth.

Placido Polanco drew a walk and stole second with two outs. Then
the Phillies attempted to take advantage of Boston's shift on
slugger Jim Thome.

With third baseman Bill Mueller playing over at the shortstop
position, Polanco stole third uncontested. Thome followed with a
bunt toward the vacant third base side, but didn't get the ball
past Kim, who made the play.

"It was actually too good of a bunt, he deadened the ball,''
Bowa said. "If he would have pushed it further up the line, it
would have gone for a double.

"He's been saying he wanted to try that all season.''

Kim, making his fourth start since being acquired by the Red
Sox, worked six innings. He allowed two runs on four hits, struck
out three and walked three.

"We know he'll do a good job for us as a starter or in any
role,'' Little said.

Boston, which finished its road trip at 2-4, was looking forward
to getting home after two tough losses against the Phillies.

"We will obviously play better at Fenway,'' Walker said. "It
will be good to go home.''

Game notes
Manny Ramirez went 0-for-4 in the game and 0-for-11 in the
series. He had reached base safely in the previous 18 games before
the series. ... Boston's bullpen surrendered four home runs in the
two games. ... Polanco had a career-high two stolen bases. ... The
Red Sox were shut out for the second time this season.