CHICAGO - At times, Pedro Martinez looked like his old self. Mixing speeds and pitches and keeping hitters guessing, the three-time Cy Young Award winner made a successful return to the majors Wednesday night.
The Philadelphia Phillies gave their 37-year-old newcomer plenty of support, battering the Cubs 14-5. Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins and Raul Ibanez homered as the World Series champs sent Chicago to its fourth straight loss.
Martinez (1-0) allowed 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. He signed with the NL East leaders in July 15 after pitching in the World Baseball Classic this spring.
“I’m feeling good. A little bit excited about just getting my feet wet out there,” Martinez said on the Phillies’ television network after exiting.
“This is the first game, I’m looking forward to the next one and hopefully I’ll correct some of the things that I didn’t do today,” he said.
Rollins and Ibanez connected for three-run homers off reliever Sean Marshall during an eight-run fourth inning.
With the Phillies ahead 12-1, Chicago loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth and Milton Bradley hit an RBI single. Jake Fox hit a sacrifice fly to center on a ball Victorino caught as he was being doused by what was apparently a beer thrown out of the bleachers.
Martinez, who is guaranteed $2 million, made three minor league rehab assignments while recovering from a strained shoulder.
His promotion to the rotation meant 10-game winner Jamie Moyer was sent to the bullpen, a move that did not please the 46-year-old left-hander.
Martinez made 20 starts for the Mets last season and missed two months while on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.
Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija (1-2), the career receptions leader at Notre Dame (179) as a football player, got roughed up in his first major league start after 42 relief appearances the last two seasons.
Victorino tripled, Chase Utley doubled and Ryan Howard hit the Phillies’ second triple of the first inning as Philly took a quick 2-0 lead.
Martinez gave up a two-out bloop double to Derrek Lee in the first. He then struck out Jake Fox on a 91-mph fastball to retire the side.
Chicago’s Kosuke Fukudome led off the second with a double off the center-field wall and scored one out later on Jeff Baker’s single.
Victorino’s ninth homer followed a leadoff double by Rollins in the third and made it 4-1. Singles by Jayson Werth, Pedro Feliz and Carlos Ruiz expanded the lead to four in the fourth and out later Samardzija was finished.
Rollins hit Marshall’s first pitch for his 15th homer and an 8-1 lead. Ibanez’s three-run shot upped it to 11-1.
Samardzija allowed eight hits and was charged with seven runs in his 3 1-3 innings.
Notes: It was the first time Martinez started a game at Wrigley Field since June 8, 1996, when he was with Montreal. He’s now 5-3 against the Cubs in his career and 3-2 at Wrigley ... The Cubs have lost six of seven. ... Phillies RHP Brett Myers threw two simulated innings with no problems in a workout at Clearwater, Fla. Myers, who had hip surgery on June 4, threw 32 pitches. He said he hopes to pitch in a rehab game soon.
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