Jamie Moyer, making his first major league start, worked out of enough jams to gain his first victory and also had a key at-bat without taking a swing in the Chicago Cubs' 7-5 victory today over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Moyer, recalled Saturday from Class AAA Iowa, where he was 3-2, pitched the first 6 1/3 innings before getting relief help from Lee Smith, who earned his ninth save.
Moyer also drew a key walk in a four-run fourth inning off Philadelphia starter Steve Carlton (4-8) when he walked on a 3-2 pitch. Davey Lopes then drew a bases-loaded walk to break a 1-1 tie and Shawon Dunston followed with a two-run single.
"I wasn't up there looking for a walk. Actually, when they intentionally walked Steve Lake before me, I wanted to go up there and hit it," said Moyer, 23, a left-hander who did not have a hit this season in the minors. "I feel great that we won. It really hasn't sunk in on me yet that I beat someone who will be going into the Hall of Fame."
Carlton, who shares the National League lead in losses with Chicago's Rick Sutcliffe, gave up four runs but the walk to Moyer was the key, according to Philadelphia Manager John Felske.
"Lefty walking the pitcher was the whole ball game," Felske said. "He didn't have a good fastball today and his slider wasn't working."
Dunston, who had struck out in the previous inning, hit the first pitch for the two-run double.
"He got me out on a slider before and I was looking for one I could hit into play," Dunston said.
The Phillies, plagued by some poor base running, could not get rid of the Cubs rookie.
"He worked out of a lot of jams," said Cubs Manager Gene Michael, 2-1 since taking over on the weekend. "He worked from behind a lot, but battled."
Leon Durham hit a two-run homer, his eighth of the season, in the fifth to give the Cubs a 6-2 lead.
The Cubs made it 7-2 in the sixth when Lopes walked, stole second and scored on a single by Ryne Sandberg.
The Phillies rallied, scoring three times in the seventh, and had the tying run on with one out in the eighth before Smith stopped them.
"It was a team victory," said Durham. "That's what matters, what the team did."
The Cubs were trailing, 1-0, in the fourth when Keith Moreland led off with a single and went to second on Gary Matthews' single. After Durham hit into a double play, Jerry Mumphrey doubled down the third base line, scoring Moreland to tie the score.