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Moyer wins debut for streaking Phillies vs. Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) -- At 43, Jamie Moyer's stuff is slower than ever,
though just as effective.

Making his Phillies debut, Moyer got his first victory in five
starts, leading Philadelphia to a 6-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on
Tuesday night. He became the oldest Phillies pitcher to record a
victory in franchise history.


"He throws under the speed limit, which is as effective
sometimes as throwing over the speed limit," Cubs manager Dusty
Baker said.

Jimmy Rollins had an RBI triple in the third and the Phillies
broke open a close game with three runs in the sixth to win their
fourth game in a row and keep pace in the NL wild-card race.

The Phillies remained 2½ games behind wild-card leading
Cincinnati, which beat Houston 14-0. Philadelphia improved to
63-62, marking the first time they've been over .500 since they
were 33-32 on June 14.

"We got some big hits at the right time tonight," Phillies
manager Charlie Manuel said. "We kind of divided our offense. It
was consistent throughout our lineup."

Moyer (1-0) had a no-hitter through 4 1/3 innings, with two
batters reaching on errors and one on a walk. He gave up three runs
and six hits over six innings to earn his first win since July 26
and second since June 24.

"I'll take it," he said. "I like this environment. It's a
great clubhouse for the two days I've been here."

Ryan Madson pitched the ninth for his first save in three
chances this season.

Moyer was acquired from Seattle -- where he is the all-time
leader in wins, starts and innings -- on Saturday night. He made his
first start at Wrigley Field since Oct. 2, 1988, when he was at the
end of a three-year tenure with the Cubs, who drafted him in 1984.

"He pitched like I've always seen him pitch," Manuel said.
"He got a lot of ground balls, a lot chopped back. He pitched real
good and he fits in."


Moyer returned to Wrigley with his wife, children, parents,
father-in-law Digger Phelps and his college roommate in tow, among
others.

"It's nice to be able to come in here and put some zeros up on
the board and get some run support," Moyer said. "Compared to the
situation I just left, there's a lot more fun involved with this."

Cubs rookie Ryan O'Malley (1-1) left the game in the fifth with
a strained left elbow, and will be re-evaluated Wednesday. Signed
as an undrafted free agent in 2002, the left-hander has never been
on the DL.

"I don't know, bad luck," Baker said. "I don't know what's
going on."

He said he began feeling stiffness in his forearm in the third
inning and then a twinge in his elbow in the fifth after throwing a
ball back to the umpire. With a one-ball count to Rollins with two
outs, O'Malley stepped off the mound and started shaking his left
arm. He met with coaches and the assistant trainer on the mound and
was then replaced by Glendon Rusch.

"My debut at Wrigley Field," said the Springfield, Ill.
native, "it's a dream come true to be out there. It would have
taken anything to get me out of there. Unfortunately, I just didn't
want to push it any farther."

O'Malley, who gave up three runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings,
was making his first start since throwing eight scoreless innings
in a 1-0 win at Houston last week in his major league debut.

With the Phillies up 3-0 in the fifth, Henry Blanco ended
Moyer's no-hit bid with a single past third base. Ronny Cedeno then
reached on a single off Rollins' glove and Glendon Rusch moved the
runners over with a sacrifice bunt.

Juan Pierre hit a two-run single to left, with a sliding Cedeno
scoring on a dropped tag at the plate by Mike Lieberthal.

The Phillies came right back. Pat Burrell and David Dellucci had
RBI doubles and Shane Victorino a run-scoring single in the sixth
to give the Phillies a 6-2 lead. All three runs were charged to
Rusch.

"You've got to shut them down right there and give your offense
a chance to come back," Baker said.

Moyer gave up three hits in the sixth and Henry Blanco had an
RBI single with two outs to cut the Phillies' lead to three.

Ryan Theriot had a two-out double in the seventh, but was caught
stealing third to end the inning. He went on his own, much to
Baker's chagrin.

"That shocked us all," Baker said. "That wasn't a good play.
That was a bad play, especially with the three-four-five [hitters]
coming up there."

Burrell had an RBI groundout in the first with the bases loaded,
scoring Victorino. O'Malley walked Victorino to start the game and
hit Ryan Howard to load the bases.

O'Malley gave up a single to Victorino in the third but started
a rundown to get him out. He then gave up a single to Danny
Sandoval, who scored on Rollins' fifth triple of the season.
Rollins scored on Howard's grounder.

Game notes
Moyer, 6-12 with a 4.39 ERA with the Mariners, hadn't
pitched for an NL team since he went 0-5 in eight games with St.
Louis in 1991. ... Jerry Koosman was previously the oldest Phillie
to get a win, when he did it at 42 in 1985. ... The Cubs put SS
Cesar Izturis on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring and
called up OF-INF Buck Coats, who struck out in his major league
debut as a pinch-hitter in the seventh. ... Cedeno moved back to SS
from 2B and had a throwing error in the seventh. ... The Phillies
traded for utilityman Jose Hernandez before the game, giving the
Pirates cash in return. ... OF Aaron Rowand went on the 15-day DL
with a broken left ankle one day after colliding with Chase Utley
on a fly ball. Utley missed Tuesday's game due to soreness in his
right leg and ankle. ... OF Pierre extended his hitting streak to
14 games. ... Madson picked up his second career save, and first
since May 13, 2004.