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Pedro Martinez gives Phillies a lift

Former Cy Young winner goes five innings and gets plenty of support in his return to the majors.

August 13, 2009|Associated Press

CHICAGO — Mixing speeds and pitches and keeping hitters guessing, Pedro Martinez made a successful return to the majors Wednesday night.

The Philadelphia Phillies gave their 37-year-old newcomer plenty of support, battering the Cubs, 12-5. Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins and Raul Ibanez homered as the World Series champions sent Chicago to its fourth consecutive loss.

Martinez (1-0) gave up seven hits and three runs with a walk and five strikeouts during a five-inning stint that saw him throw 99 pitches. His fastest pitch was clocked at 92 mph.

Martinez's 215th career win was his first since last Aug. 31 against Florida while with the New York Mets.

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