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Phillies crush D-Backs in battle of division leaders

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PHOENIX -- Arizona's Max Scherzer threw 98 mph fastballs in his first career start.

Jamie Moyer, making in his 558th start, countered with an assortment pitches that topped out in the low 80s.

Guile prevailed as Moyer went seven strong innings to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to an 11-4 rout of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night in a matchup of division leaders. He also doubled in a run.

"That's amazing sometimes how that 98 (mph) gets hit and that 78 wins," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said. "I think the law of gravity grabs it sometimes."

Moyer chuckled when asked if he remembered his first start -- a victory for the Chicago Cubs over Philadelphia's Steve Carlton on June 16, 1986.

"It was against my idol, Steve Carlton, so it was pretty exciting," Moyer said.

And did Moyer hit 98 on the radar gun that day?

"Back then, I don't think they had radar guns," he said.

The 45-year-old Moyer is the oldest player in the majors. The 23-year-old Scherzer was born on July 27, 1984 -- less than two years before Moyer made his major league debut.

Scherzer (0-1) talked as if he had received a pitching tutorial from Moyer.

"He rope-a-dopes you to death," Scherzer said. "I know firsthand, he throws a 74 mile-an-hour change, then backs it up with a 71 mile-an-hour change. He's cutting it to both sides of the plate at 81 or 82, and his fastball's about the same velocity, but he knows how to pitch. Been doing it a while."

Moyer kept the Diamondbacks off-balance all night, retiring 10 straight between the second and fifth innings. In the fourth, he struck out Justin Upton and Mark Reynolds looking on 81 mph fastballs, and they shook their heads as they walked back to the dugout.

In his longest outing this season, Moyer (2-2) allowed two runs and six hits, struck out five and walked none. Moyer, a career .141 hitter, singled and doubled for the fifth multi-hit game in his career.

"I thought he was going to go for the cycle there for a while," Manuel said.

Moyer won for the first time since April 8, a span of six starts. He said he has plenty to work on before his next start.

"It's still a work in progress," Moyer said. "I feel like I'm taking some small steps. But the consistency that I would like is just not quite where I want it."

Moyer had plenty of support on a night the Phillies managed a season-high 17 hits. Eric Bruntlett had a three-run triple and Geoff Jenkins and Carlos Ruiz both had three hits.

Scherzer, Arizona's first-round pick in the 2006 draft, made an impressive relief debut on April 29. He retired all 13 Houston Astros he faced, seven by strikeout.

His first start was a different story.

"I didn't get ahead of the hitters as well as I did last time, and that's just the difference," Scherzer said.

Scherzer gave up a double on the second pitch to leadoff man Shane Victorino and hit Bruntlett with his third pitch.

Ryan Howard's sacrifice fly gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead.

The Diamondbacks tied it at 1-1 in the second on Stephen Drew's two-out triple.

Philadelphia came up with four runs in the third, with Moyer doubling down the left field line to cap the scoring.

Arizona manager Bob Melvin said Scherzer "was behind and wasn't throwing his secondary pitches for strikes. Then you get pretty predictable, and that's a good hitting team over there, and that's what it came down to."

Melvin lifted Scherzer after 92 pitches over four innings. Scherzer allowed five runs, two earned, and seven hits. He walked two and struck out five.

Bruntlett's bases-clearing triple off Edgar Gonzalez made it 8-1 in the seventh.

Chris Snyder hit a solo homer off Moyer in the seventh.

Notes

  • The Phillies didn't need closer Brad Lidge, who was unavailable Monday night after pitching in four straight games. Lidge has not allowed an earned run in his past 16 appearances dating to his final game last year.
  • Scherzer took LHP Doug Davis' turn in the rotation. Davis, who had surgery for thyroid cancer April 10, threw 65 pitches in a simulated game Monday and is set to start in Triple-A Tucson this weekend.
 
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Jamie Moyer hurts the Diamondbacks with his bat and his arm in the win.  (AP)
Jamie Moyer hurts the Diamondbacks with his bat and his arm in the win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

J. Moyer
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 0
K 5
Philadelphia

E. Bruntlett
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Shane Victorino, CF5220105 .243
Eric Bruntlett, SS5123000 .232
Chase Utley, 2B4220203 .362
Ryan Howard, 1B4112114 .169
Pat Burrell, LF5000028 .315
    So Taguchi, LF1000000 .200
Geoff Jenkins, RF6231001 .265
Pedro Feliz, 3B5220012 .222
Carlos Ruiz, C5131012 .228
Jamie Moyer, P3021002 .273
   a- Greg Dobbs, PH0001000 .293
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
    Clay Condrey, P0000000 .000
Totals431117945  
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Moyer in the 8th
Batting
2B - Shane Victorino (3, Scherzer), Chase Utley 2 (12, Scherzer, Slaten), Pedro Feliz (6, Medders), Jamie Moyer (1, Scherzer)
3B - Eric Bruntlett (1, E. Gonzalez)
SF - Ryan Howard (2), Greg Dobbs (1)
SH - Jamie Moyer (3)
RBI - Eric Bruntlett 3 (7), Ryan Howard 2 (16), Geoff Jenkins (7), Carlos Ruiz (10), Jamie Moyer (1), Greg Dobbs (10)
2-OUT RBI - Eric Bruntlett 3 (5), Ryan Howard (6), Geoff Jenkins (3), Carlos Ruiz (5), Jamie Moyer (1)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Bruntlett-Utley-Howard
E - Geoff Jenkins 2 (2, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
Jamie Moyer (W,2-2) 7622051 4.15
Ryan Madson 1100000 4.96
Clay Condrey 1422000 7.45
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 103-61, Ryan Madson 11-9, Clay Condrey 17-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 6-9, Ryan Madson 1-2, Clay Condrey 3-0
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 26, Ryan Madson 4, Clay Condrey 7
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF5020012 .242
Eric Byrnes, LF4010001 .242
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
Orlando Hudson, 2B3010001 .274
    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeff Salazar, PH-LF1000001 .333
Conor Jackson, 1B3000002 .333
   b- Miguel Montero, PH1110000 .409
Justin Upton, RF4020010 .348
Mark Reynolds, 3B4110011 .237
Chris Snyder, C3211001 .247
    Robby Hammock, C1000000 .190
Stephen Drew, SS4021020 .267
Max Scherzer, P1000001 .000
    Edgar Gonzalez, P1000000 .143
    Chris Burke, 2B2001000 .140
Totals37411305  
a-flied out for Medders in the 8th
b-singled for Jackson in the 9th
Batting
3B - Stephen Drew (2, Moyer)
HR - Chris Snyder (2, Moyer)
RBI - Chris Snyder (16), Stephen Drew (10), Chris Burke (4)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Snyder (4), Stephen Drew (5)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Stephen Drew (4, Misplayed grounder), Mark Reynolds (7, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Max Scherzer (L,0-1) 4752250 2.16
Edgar Gonzalez 3744200 7.20
Brandon Medders 1211000 2.81
Doug Slaten 1110000 2.31
IBB - Victorino by Edgar Gonzalez
HBP - Bruntlett (by Max Scherzer)
WP - Max Scherzer (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Max Scherzer 92-58, Edgar Gonzalez 63-41, Brandon Medders 15-10, Doug Slaten 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Max Scherzer 5-3, Edgar Gonzalez 4-5, Brandon Medders 1-2, Doug Slaten 3-1
Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 23, Edgar Gonzalez 18, Brandon Medders 5, Doug Slaten 5
Game Information
Attendance - 21266
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Gary Darling