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PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Eric Milton turned his head, saw center fielder Doug Glanville stumble and knew his bid for a no-hitter was over.

Two outs later, Milton lost his shutout and a chance for his 12th win. Pat Burrell made sure the Philadelphia Phillies didn’t lose the game.

Milton pitched eight hitless innings before Michael Barrett blooped a double just in front of Glanville’s outstretched glove, and the Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 Sunday on Burrell’s run-scoring single in the ninth.

“I thought it would be trouble,” Milton said of Barrett’s hit. “I saw Dougie stumble there. I had a pretty good idea it would drop. I still had three outs to get. That’s a tough task. I’m seeing the replay in my head.”

Philadelphia led 2-0 when Barrett was jammed by an 0-1 fastball leading off the ninth, Milton’s 98th pitch of the game. Glanville, who entered as a defensive replacement for Ricky Ledee in the eighth, at first broke back on the ball, then charged in and just missed an attempt for a diving catch.

“I think I froze,” said Glanville, who was booed by the sellout crowd of 44,539 as he came off the field in the ninth and when he batted in the bottom of the inning. “It hung up there a little bit. I thought I had a chance. Unfortunately, I fell short.”

Milton then fanned pinch-hitters Jose Macias and Alex Gonzalez, giving him a season-high 12 strikeouts, but Mark Grudzielanek singled and Corey Patterson doubled off the wall in left-center, tying the score and chasing the left-hander.

Ryan Madson (7-2) relieved and retired Sammy Sosa on a grounder. Milton received another standing ovation as he walked off the mound, but put his head down and didn’t acknowledge the crowd. He watched the rest of the game while icing his shoulder and arm in the clubhouse.

“I was upset, but I’m happy we got the win,” Milton said.

LaTroy Hawkins (2-3) walked Jim Thome leading off the bottom of the ninth and Glanville sacrificed. Burrell then drove the next pitch to deep right-center, giving the Phillies their second straight win and keeping them a half-game behind NL East-leading Atlanta.

“This game had a lot of lows, some highs at the end, and then back to lows,” Cubs manager Dusty Baker said.

Mark Prior, pitching for the first time since leaving a game July 15 because of a tender elbow, allowed two runs and five hits in six innings for Chicago, which fell 10 games behind first-place St. Louis in the NL Central.

“I felt really good. I threw the ball well,” Prior said. “In the third inning, I made a few bad pitches.”

Milton, who pitched a no-hitter for Minnesota against Anaheim on Sept. 11, 1999, faced the minimum 24 batters through eight innings. After Grudzielanek walked leading off the game, Patterson flied out to Bobby Abreu at the right-field wall, and Abreu doubled up Grudzielanek at first.

That was Chicago’s only runner before the ninth. In the eighth, Derrek Lee had one of the few hard-hit balls against Milton, a drive into the left-field upper deck that was foul by about 50 feet.

Milton, acquired from Minnesota in a trade last December, threw 108 pitches in his first outing of more than seven innings since Aug. 1, 2002, when he shut out the Chicago White Sox for Minnesota. He hasn’t had a decision in four starts since beating Baltimore 5-2 on July 4 to improve to 11-2.

“He had extra life on his fastball. It was kind of exploding,” catcher Mike Lieberthal said. “He had a great changeup and his location was outstanding.”

Chase Utley drove in Philadelphia’s first two runs with a sacrifice fly in the third and a home run leading off the sixth.


Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins stole his 19th base of the year in the third inning. … The Cubs have not been no-hit since Sept. 9, 1965, when Sandy Koufax threw a perfect game in Los Angeles for the Dodgers. … The Phillies are 16-5 in Milton’s 21 starts.

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