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Phillies Stay Close by Beating Cubs, 4-1

September 20, 2006|From the Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Once again Jamie Moyer showed exactly why the Philadelphia Phillies acquired him to pitch in a playoff race.

Moyer tossed seven solid innings and Abraham Nunez had a two-run single Tuesday night to lead Philadelphia over the Chicago Cubs, 4-1.

Jimmy Rollins hit a solo homer and David Dellucci added a run-scoring double for the Phillies, who are one game back of the Dodgers in the National League wild-card standings.

Moyer (3-2) gave up 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 gave up a leadoff single to Juan Pierre. Tom Gordon pitched a scoreless ninth for his 32nd save in 36 chances.

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 had won six of eight after a 2-14 stretch.

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