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Moyer beats Marlins for 10th time in career

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MIAMI -- Against junkballer Jamie Moyer, those home run swings the Florida Marlins like to take produced mostly feeble grounders and popups.

Again.

The 45-year-old left-hander beat Florida for the 10th time in as many career starts, pitching six innings Friday night to help the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-2 victory.

All of Moyer's games against the Marlins have come in the past three years. He defeated them for the third time since June 1, and his ERA in five lifetime starts in Miami is 1.34.

"I don't know how he does it at 45 years old," said Florida's Cody Ross, who went 0-for-3 to end a career-best 17-game hitting streak. "You see his 82 mph fastball, and it looks good to hit. But it's never down the center of the plate."

Philadelphia's Ryan Howard hit his 29th home run, most in the majors. Geoff Jenkins added his eighth homer and singled home a run for the Phils, who took over sole possession of first place in NL East with the New York Mets' defeat.

Moyer (9-6) outpitched Ricky Nolasco (10-5) and foiled the Marlins' bid to tighten the division race. Florida began the night 1½ games behind the Phillies and Mets.

"We just have to take care of our own business," Moyer said.

The Marlins lead the majors in home runs, but their four hits off Moyer were all singles. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in Miami last month, and this time he retired the first nine batters as the Phillies built a 4-0 lead.

"He's such a good pitcher, sometimes he can use a team's aggressiveness against them," said Brad Lidge, who completed Philadelphia's five-hitter with a perfect ninth. "Florida has a very aggressive team -- they hit a lot of home runs. Jamie's style matches up good against them. He's such a master of what he's doing, he can see what they're swinging at and move it a couple of inches."

Florida almost managed a breakthrough off Moyer in the fourth. Hanley Ramirez walked to start the inning and came around on singles by Jeremy Hermida and Jorge Cantu. Mike Jacobs singled to load the bases with no outs.

But Dan Uggla hit into a double play, and Josh Willingham fouled out to leave Florida trailing 4-2.

Moyer, who rarely topped 80 mph on the scoreboard radar gun, declined to offer an explanation for his domination of the Marlins.

"I've been asked this same question many times," he said. "I don't have an answer. They're all good hitters. They give you good at-bats. They battle. ... It's a matter of making pitches."

Moyer departed for a pinch-hitter after throwing 100 pitches. Lidge, the Phils' third reliever, earned his 21st save in as many chances.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was ejected in the fifth inning by plate umpire Jim Joyce for arguing that Shane Victorino had been hit by a pitch.

Nolasco lost for the first time in his past six decisions. He pitched seven innings and allowed the Phils four runs, including both homers.

"You make a mistake against them, and they're going to make you pay," Nolasco said. "I left some pitches up, and you cannot do that against their hitters."

There were no long balls against Moyer, who became the first pitcher to sweep his first 10 starts against a team since Pedro Martinez won his first 12 against Seattle from 1998 to 2004.

The Marlins aren't the only team keeping Moyer in the majors: He has allowed fewer than four earned runs in his past eight starts.

But Florida's futility against him seems chronic. Willingham 1-for-18 against Moyer, Uggla is 2-for-24 and Ross is 3-for-25.

"He has our number," Jacobs said. "We're going to face him a few more times this year. We have to find a way to turn the tables on him."

Notes

  • Marlins 2B Uggla, who made a record three errors in the All-Star game, earned big cheers when he fielded routine grounders to retire the first two batters.
  • The Phils' Pedro Feliz went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.
  • Heavy rain emptied the stadium briefly in the third inning, but play continued.
 
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Geoff Jenkins leads off the fourth inning with a solo blast to help the Phillies edge the Marlins.  (AP)
Geoff Jenkins leads off the fourth inning with a solo blast to help the Phillies edge the Marlins. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

G. Jenkins
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Florida

J. Cantu
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5110011 .273
Shane Victorino, CF4000001 .276
Chase Utley, 2B3021000 .294
Ryan Howard, 1B3111112 .234
Pat Burrell, LF4110014 .274
    Eric Bruntlett, LF0000000 .232
Geoff Jenkins, RF3122000 .243
   a- Jayson Werth, PH-RF1000011 .270
Pedro Feliz, 3B4000041 .266
Carlos Ruiz, C4010011 .203
Jamie Moyer, P2000001 .129
   b- So Taguchi, PH1000000 .209
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .167
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
   c- Greg Dobbs, PH1000011 .319
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Totals35484110  
a-struck out for Jenkins in the 8th
b-popped out for Moyer in the 7th
c-struck out for Romero in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (21, Nolasco), Chase Utley (26, Nolasco), Pat Burrell (22, Nolasco)
HR - Ryan Howard (29, Nolasco), Geoff Jenkins (8, Nolasco)
RBI - Chase Utley (70), Ryan Howard (85), Geoff Jenkins 2 (26)
SB - Carlos Ruiz (1, 3rd base off Nelson/Baker)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Rollins-Utley-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Jamie Moyer (W,9-6) 6422130 3.90
Chad Durbin (H,5) 1.2100020 1.83
J.C. Romero (H,11) 0.1000000 2.15
Brad Lidge (S,21) 1000010 1.10
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 100-69, Chad Durbin 24-16, J.C. Romero 5-2, Brad Lidge 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 7-7, Chad Durbin 2-1, Brad Lidge 1-1
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 22, Chad Durbin 6, J.C. Romero 1, Brad Lidge 3
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS3110110 .311
Jeremy Hermida, RF3110000 .256
   a- Wes Helms, PH1000001 .235
    Joe Nelson, P0000000 .000
Jorge Cantu, 3B4021000 .285
Mike Jacobs, 1B4010011 .242
Dan Uggla, 2B4000010 .282
Josh Willingham, LF3000021 .267
Cody Ross, CF3000010 .263
John Baker, C3000000 .188
Ricky Nolasco, P2000000 .094
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
    Doug Waechter, P0000000 .167
   b- Luis Gonzalez, PH-RF1000000 .269
Totals3125116  
a-lined out for Hermida in the 8th
b-lined out for Waechter in the 8th
Batting
RBI - Jorge Cantu (55)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - John Baker (2, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Ricky Nolasco (L,10-5) 7744152 3.78
Renyel Pinto 0.2000010 2.92
Doug Waechter 0.1000010 3.31
Joe Nelson 1100030 1.61
IBB - Howard by Ricky Nolasco
HBP - Utley (by Renyel Pinto)
WP - Renyel Pinto (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 100-73, Renyel Pinto 10-5, Doug Waechter 5-4, Joe Nelson 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 3-13
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 29, Renyel Pinto 3, Doug Waechter 1, Joe Nelson 4
Game Information
Attendance - 23124
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Tim Tschida