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Cubs get victory in Nomar's debut

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Phillies got to Greg Maddux. Then so did the
heat. And by the time the Chicago Cubs rallied for a victory
Sunday, his bid for win No. 300 was already over.

"I think I could have started the seventh. I don't know if I
could have made it out of there or not. I was pretty much done
after the fifth or sixth," Maddux said.

His six-inning stint ended in a no-decision and denied him a
piece of history.

"I'm just glad we won," he said.

After Maddux left trailing by a run, the Cubs scored four in the
seventh, capped by an RBI single from Nomar Garciaparra, and beat
Philadelphia 6-3. Chicago's new star shortstop was acquired from
Boston in a four-team deal just before baseball's trade deadline
Saturday.

"I think we were all hoping we'd get Maddux that win,"
Garciaparra said.

But now it will have to wait.

On a sticky, 83-degree day at Wrigley Field, Maddux left after
throwing 87 pitches, 25 in the first inning, when he gave up homers
to Jimmy Rollins and Bobby Abreu.

Philadelphia pushed across an unearned run for a 3-2 lead in the
fifth on an error by Sammy Sosa.

Maddux told manager Dusty Baker after the fifth to watch him
because he was running low on energy. And Maddux wasn't about to
take a chance pitching when he had nothing left, even with No. 300
at stake.

"I would have loved to go out there and try not to walk
somebody and just hope they would hit it at somebody. But it's not
right," Maddux said.

"It's not fair to the rest of the guys. It's not the way you
are supposed to play the game."

Maddux's next attempt to become the 22nd major league pitcher to
reach 300 wins probably will come Saturday in San Francisco against
Barry Bonds and the Giants.

"We didn't want Maddux to get 300 against us," Phillies
manager Larry Bowa said. "I don't think anybody likes to see
anybody get their 300th win against them, even though he's a Hall
of Fame pitcher."

Commissioner Bud Selig, Atlanta general manager John Schuerholz
and former Braves president Stan Kasten were there to watch Sunday
along with a crowd of 39,032.

The 38-year-old Maddux is trying to become the first National
League pitcher to reach 300 wins since Philadelphia's Steve Carlton
in 1983. Roger Clemens accomplished the feat on his fourth try with
the New York Yankees in June last season.

Maddux, given a standing ovation as he warmed up in the bullpen,
will have to go through the process at least one more time and deal
with all the hype. Next time on the road, too.

"It wasn't hard this time. You do what you have to do to get
ready for your game, go out and pitch and don't get caught up in
it," he said.

"It's what I do. I mean, just go out and do it."

Maddux gave up six hits and three runs, two earned, in six
innings. He walked two and struck out two, leaving with the Cubs
trailing 3-2.

A great control pitcher, Maddux hit Marlon Byrd with a pitch to
start the fifth, and the Phillies broke a 2-2 tie when Randy Wolf
sacrificed before Rollins singled to right.

Byrd was going to hold at third, but Sosa didn't come up with
the ball, an error that allowed Byrd to score for a 3-2 Phillies
lead.

Hard to imagine Maddux having jitters, but he had a shaky first
inning, giving up a leadoff homer to Rollins on the game's second
pitch and then another solo shot to Abreu.

"I felt fine," Maddux said. "The first inning was a little
rough, we got through it and came back in the second."

Sosa and Aramis Ramirez got the crowd back into it in a hurry
with consecutive homers off Wolf (4-7) in the second, both high
shots into a 13-mph wind blowing toward left.

It was Sosa's 562nd homer, leaving him one behind Reggie Jackson
for eighth on the career list. Sandwiched around his error, Sosa
also made two diving catches.

In the seventh, Sosa doubled and, after Ramirez walked, scored
on Mark Grudzielanek's tying fly ball double to right that finished
Wolf.

Reliever Rheal Cormier was greeted by pinch-hitter Jose Macias'
go-ahead single. Newly acquired Todd Jones then gave up a sacrifice
fly to pinch-hitter Michael Barrett to make it 5-3.

With the crowd in a thunderous "NOMAR! NOMAR!" chant,
Garciaparra responded with his first hit for the Cubs, a single to
left. He finished 1-for-4 with an RBI, batting second in the
lineup.

Kent Mercker (2-0) got one out for the win. LaTroy Hawkins
earned his 16th save.

The Phillies loaded the bases in the eighth with none out but
didn't score when Mike Remlinger escaped the jam.

Maddux went 194-88 in 11 seasons with the Braves after leaving
Chicago in 1992 -- he got in a salary dispute with the Cubs after
winning the first of four straight NL Cy Young Awards.

Maddux returned to the Cubs this season with a three-year
contract.

"All he has to do is keep breathing. He's going to get 300,"
Baker said before the game.

Game notes
Garciaparra got several standing ovations and made a couple
of nice defensive plays. ... Ryan Dempster, who hadn't pitched
since undergoing elbow ligament replacement surgery last August,
was activated from the disabled list before the game and relieved
Maddux. ... Abreu hit four homers in the series.