Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL) SB CS
               
CHI 6-3 49 5.44 T-3 771 (3) 11 4
PHI 4-6 42 4.20 10 746 (8) 3 2

Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
             
CHI 6-3 43 4.78 9 3.83 (9) 3.46 (4)
PHI 4-6 52 5.20 13 4.04 (13) 3.82 (6)

Brett Myers had his first really good start of the season last night, holding the Cubs to three runs over eight innings. He did it mostly with the ground ball, getting 13 outs on the ground and just six in the air. He didn’t exactly have an infield of dreams behind him defensively in Howard, Utley, Bruntlett and Dobbs, but it was the way to go anyway. Bad things happened when the Cubs hit the ball in the air — while he got just six outs in the air he also gave up three home runs.

But Myers kept his home runs solo and his team in the game. Red hot Pat Burrell paced the offense with a double, a home run and three RBI and the Phils took the opener of the three-game set.

The Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs last night, winning 5-3 to improve to 5-6 on the season. The Phils have yet to win a series in the young season, but can do so for the first time with a win tonight or tomorrow.

Myers got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing three runs on five hits. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all home runs. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out five. He got his first win of the season and dropped his ERA on the year to 5.00.

Myers got the first two in the first before Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez homered back-to-back. 2-0 Cubs. Daryle Ward grounded to second for the third out.

Mark DeRosa singled with one out in the second, but Myers got the next two.

Myers got a strikeout and two ground outs in a 1-2-3 third.

He got three ground outs in a 1-2-3 fourth.

Two ground outs and a strikeout in a 1-2-3 fifth.

Alfonso Soriano started the sixth with a home run to left, tying the game at 3-3. After Kosuke Fukudome grounded to short for the first out, Lee singled into center. Myers got Ramirez to fly to right and Ward on a ground ball to second to end the frame.

Myers started the seventh with a 5-3 lead and set the Cubs down 1-2-3 on a strikeout and two fly balls.

He started the eighth having thrown 99 pitches. He got pinch-hitter Reed Johnson on a fly ball to right and struck out Soriano and Fukudome.

Brad Lidge came on in the ninth to protect a 5-3 lead. Ramirez doubled to left with one out, bringing up Ward as the tying run. Ward grounded to second, moving Ramirez to third. Catcher Geovany Soto was next, and Lidge struck him out swinging at an 0-2 pitch to end the game.

Second save of the season for Lidge, who hasn’t allowed a run in four appearances with the Phillies. He’s pitched two days in a row now.

The Phillies lineup against righty Carlos Zambrano went (1) Victorino (2) Dobbs (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Ruiz (8) Bruntlett. Rollins still on the bench with his ankle. Dobbs plays third against the righty and hits second. Bruntlett at short and dropped to eighth in the order after hitting second two days in a row. Three lefties for the Phils 2-3-4, but I still like the lineup a lot better than the one with Victorino and Bruntlett at the top.

Victorino and Dobbs singled back-to-back to start the first, putting men on first and third for Utley. Dobbs took off with the 3-2 pitch, Utley swung and missed and Dobbs was caught stealing at second to complete the double-play with Victorino holding third. Howard struck out to leave Victorino stranded.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the second.

Victorino singled with two outs in the third, but Dobbs grounded to second for the third out.

Utley started the fourth with a single. Howard was next and hit a ground ball to first. Utley was forced at second for the first out, but the Cubs didn’t get a double-play so it brought Burrell up with Howard on first. Burrell homered to left, tying the game at 2-2. Jenkins and Ruiz went down behind him to end the inning.

Victorino walked with two outs in the fifth. Dobbs was next and hit one to the track in left-center field. Fukudome tracked it down, but the left-fielder Soriano ran into him and knocked the ball out of his glove. Dobbs had a double and Victorino scored to put the Phillies up 3-2. Utley struck out to leave Dobbs stranded at second.

Howard started the sixth with a double and Burrell followed with a double of his own, scoring Howard to put the Phils up 4-3 after the Cubs had tied the game on Soriano’s solo shot in the top of the inning. Jenkins moved Burrell to third with a ground ball to first before Ruiz drove him home with a single to right. 5-3. Bruntlett and Myers went down to end the inning.

With one out in the seventh, Feliz hit for Dobbs with lefty Sean Marshall on the hill for Chicago and singled. Utley hit a ground ball to short and Feliz was forced at second for the second out with Utley safe at first. With Howard at the plate, Utley took off for second, but he left too early. Marshall threw to first, but, because of the huge shift for Howard, Lee had to wait for someone to cover second. By the time he threw down Utley was safe. Utley moved to third on a wild pitch before Howard grounded out to set the Phillies down.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the eighth.

Victorino was 2-for-3 with a walk to raise his average to .209.

Dobbs was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Top two in the order go 4-for-6 with a walk after Victorino and Dobbs had gone 2-for-18 with two walks in the two previous games. They set the Phils up beautifully in the first, too, but Utley struck out into a double-play.

Utley was 1-for-4 and left four men on base.

Howard was 1-for-4.

Burrell 2-for-4 with a double and a home run. He drove in three of the five Phillies’ runs. He’s 13-for-his-last-29 with eight extra-base hits.

Jenkins 0-for-4.

Ruiz 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Bruntlett 0-for-3. He’s 0-for-his-last-12.

Cole Hamels (1-1, 1.20) faces lefty Ted Lilly (0-1, 9.72) in the second game of the series tonight. Lilly has been hit hard in each of his first two times out this season, allowing nine runs in 8 1/3 innings. He’s coming off of a strong season in which he went 15-8 with a 3.83 ERA and a 1.14 ratio while striking out 174 in 207 innings. He faced the Phils twice in ’07 — he held them to a run on three hits over eight innings on May 13 and the Phils hit him harder on July 30, scoring four runs in five innings of work. Hamels has been really good in both of his starts, robbed of a win his first time out when he lost to the Nats 1-0. He faced the Cubs twice in 2007, going 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and an 0.93 ratio. May 11 and July 30.