Moyer tossed seven solid innings and Abraham Nunez had a two-run
single to lead Philadelphia over the Chicago Cubs 4-1 Tuesday
night.Jimmy Rollins hit a solo homer and David Dellucci added an RBI
double for the Phillies, who pulled within one game of Los Angeles,
the NL wild-card leader.
Jimmy Rollins hit his 22nd home run of the season and extended his stolen-base streak to 20 in a row in the Phillies' 4-1 victory over the Cubs. The only other active players to record 20 straight steals in a 20-homer season are Carlos Beltran (2003 and 2004) and Jason Bay (2005).• For more Elias Says, click here
Moyer (3-2) allowed one run and six hits in his sixth start
since the 43-year-old left-hander arrived from Seattle. He didn't
walk a batter and has pitched at least six innings in each outing
with Philadelphia."You have to give your bullpen an opportunity to pitch quality
innings, not mop-up innings," Moyer said. "I wanted to go as deep
as I can and throw as few pitches as possible."Geoff Geary retired the side in the eighth after Aaron Fultz
allowed a leadoff single to Juan Pierre. Tom Gordon pitched a
scoreless ninth for his 32nd save in 36 chances.Phillies manager Charlie Manuel raved about Moyer's performance.
The Phillies traded two minor league prospects to the Mariners for
Moyer on Aug. 19."He's a true professional," Manuel said. "He's at the
ballpark real early. He does his work. He's prepared. He really
studies the hitters. He'll call people about hitters. He's very
demanding of himself. He might not light up a radar gun, but he'll
get you out."Matt Murton homered for Chicago. Wade Miller (0-2) gave up two
runs -- one earned -- and four hits in 4 2/3 innings. The Cubs, who
have the NL's worst record, had won six of eight after a 2-14
stretch.Ryan Howard, who leads the majors with 57 homers and again heard
"M-V-P!" chants each time he came to the plate, started a two-out
rally in the fifth with a single to left. He scored on a headfirst
dive after Dellucci hit a liner into the left-center field gap that
chased Miller.Roberto Novoa came in and walked Pat Burrell. Chris Coste then
reached on shortstop Ronny Cedeno's fielding error to load the
bases. Nunez followed with a bloop single to right-center that
scored two runs for a 3-0 lead."If you put the ball in play, things can happen," Manuel said.
"Sometimes you don't have to hit the ball real hard if you find
the right place."Murton connected with two outs in the sixth to cut it to 3-1.
Rollins hit his 22nd homer off David Aardsma in the eighth.Miller, making his third start since right shoulder surgery,
struck out eight and pitched out of trouble early in the game.The Phillies loaded the bases in the first inning, but Miller
froze Burrell with a slow curve on a 3-2 pitch to end the threat.
Burrell, who leads the majors in taking called third strikes, heard
loud boos after he failed yet again in a clutch situation. Burrell
is hitting .160 (12-for-75) with two outs and runners in scoring
position.Miller escaped another bases-loaded jam in the fourth by
striking out Rollins on another offspeed pitch."He threw the ball well," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "It
was a very encouraging outing."The Phillies improved to 37-39 at home. Coming in, they were the
only team in the majors with a losing record at home and winning
In the first inning, Rollins stole his 20th straight base
without getting caught. He has 36 steals. ... Cedeno extended his
hitting streak to 13 games with a third-inning double. But his
costly error was Chicago's first in seven games ... Chicago's
Aramis Ramirez went 0-for-4, ending a nine-game hitting streak. ...
LHP Les Walrond will start for the Cubs on Wednesday. Juan Mateo
had been scheduled to pitch.