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Philadelphia (58-49) «2000501008121
Washington (38-69)3000002005101

Utley, Victorino push Phillies past Nationals, into first place

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WASHINGTON -- It was 88 degrees when 45-year-old Jamie Moyer's first pitch of the evening was redirected over the out-of-town scoreboard.

Three batters later, he gave up a double. That was followed by another home run.

And then Moyer didn't allow another hit until the fifth inning, by which time his Philadelphia Phillies had provided a big lead. Chase Utley homered for the second successive game, the big blow in a five-run fifth, and the Phillies beat Washington 8-5 on Wednesday night to move back atop the NL East with their fourth victory in a row.

Shane Victorino provided three hits, three RBI and three runs, including a solo home run, to help Moyer (10-6) win his third consecutive decision. He earned his 240th career victory, tying him with Frank Tanana for 12th place among left-handers in major league history.

Brad Lidge pitched around a leadoff double in the ninth for his 26th save in 26 chances.

Moyer went six innings, allowing three runs -- on first-inning home runs by Willie Harris and Jesus Flores -- and six hits. Harris' shot was Washington's first leadoff home run since May 2007.

"Tough first inning -- he got out of it. He settled down," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said. "It was real hot tonight. He was definitely getting gassed. He was tired at the end."

But Moyer did exactly what was needed to fool the Nationals after the first inning.

"I know it's a matter of making adjustments and keeping on course and keeping damage to a minimum and go from there," Moyer said.

Here's how Nationals manager Manny Acta described Moyer's effectiveness: "Location, location, location -- like real estate, that's what pitching's all about."

Acta's team has lost its past eight games to drop to a major league-worst 38-69.

The Phillies, meanwhile, took a half-game division lead over the New York Mets, who lost to the Florida Marlins 7-5. With the non-waiver trade deadline arriving Thursday, Manuel said he wouldn't mind adding a piece for the stretch run.

"We'll play with what we've got, but you can always use somebody who's going to push you over the hump who can make you quite a bit better -- we can always use that," Manuel said. "We're always looking for that kind of guy. Probably every manager in baseball is."

There's been speculation Victorino might be involved in a swap. He's batting .372 with four home runs and nine RBI during a 10-game hitting streak.

"It's probably a coincidence," Victorino said.

Said his manager: "When Victorino plays and has a good night and shows you how much ability he has, he's a tremendous player."

So, too, is Utley, although after he went 14 games and more than 55 at-bats without going deep, prompting questions about his health, he hit a two-run homer to help beat Washington 2-1 on Tuesday. After that game, he said he wasn't ailing.

Utley hit another two-run shot Wednesday, giving him 27 home runs this season.

The latest came off Tim Redding (7-6), who faced five batters in the fifth inning and allowed all five to score. It began with No. 8 hitter Carlos Ruiz's single, and then Redding walked Moyer.

"That's completely inexcusable," Redding said. "It's tough enough pitching to these guys -- especially these guys, with the lineup they have -- with nobody on. You put people on, all of a sudden you're dancing with danger."

Jimmy Rollins followed with an RBI double -- which might have been a triple if Moyer hadn't been ahead of him on the base paths -- and Victorino delivered a two-run single. Next came Utley's home run and that was it for Redding, who gave up seven runs and 10 hits in four-plus innings. He has one win in his past 13 starts, and discounted the thought that he might be traded by Washington.

"I just pitched poorly enough," the right-hander said, "that anybody that might be interested is no longer interested."

Notes

  • Victorino's ninth home run, leading off the seventh, ended Steven Shell's 15-inning scoreless streak, the longest by a Nationals reliever in 2008.
  • Phillies LF Pat Burrell had his NL-high 11th outfield assist.
  • Moyer's victory total ranks fifth among active pitchers.
 
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After a rough start, Jamie Moyer settles down and earns his third victory in his past four starts.  (AP)
After a rough start, Jamie Moyer settles down and earns his third victory in his past four starts. (AP)

Players of the Game
Washington

J. Flores
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Philadelphia

S. Victorino
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5111002 .269
Shane Victorino, CF5333000 .287
Chase Utley, 2B4222000 .292
Ryan Howard, 1B4010010 .237
Pat Burrell, LF4012020 .279
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .167
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Geoff Jenkins, RF3020101 .242
Eric Bruntlett, 3B4000013 .233
Carlos Ruiz, C4120000 .217
Jamie Moyer, P1100100 .118
    Jayson Werth, LF0000100 .272
Totals34812834  
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (24, Redding)
HR - Shane Victorino (9, Shell), Chase Utley (27, Redding)
SH - Jamie Moyer (8)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (37), Shane Victorino 3 (38), Chase Utley 2 (75), Pat Burrell 2 (63)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Pat Burrell 1
DP - Ruiz-Rollins, Rollins-Utley-Howard
E - Geoff Jenkins (5, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
Jamie Moyer (W,10-6) 6633352 3.79
Ryan Madson 1322000 3.48
Chad Durbin (H,8) 1000100 1.68
Brad Lidge (S,26) 1100010 2.15
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 94-56, Ryan Madson 20-14, Chad Durbin 12-6, Brad Lidge 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 3-8, Ryan Madson 3-0, Chad Durbin 2-0, Brad Lidge 1-1
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 25, Ryan Madson 6, Chad Durbin 3, Brad Lidge 4
Washington Nationals
Willie Harris, LF5231021 .253
Lastings Milledge, CF5001002 .238
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B2011200 .261
Austin Kearns, RF4110014 .212
Jesus Flores, C4122001 .282
Ronnie Belliard, 2B2010210 .226
Paul Lo Duca, 1B4000003 .230
Felipe Lopez, SS2000011 .231
    Steven Shell, P0000000 .000
   a- Kory Casto, PH1010000 .205
    Luis Ayala, P0000000 .000
    Jesus Colome, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Langerhans, PH1010000 .283
Tim Redding, P1000000 .182
    Pete Orr, SS3100012 .160
Totals34510546  
a-singled for Shell in the 7th
b-doubled for Colome in the 9th
Batting
2B - Willie Harris 2 (7, Moyer, Madson), Ryan Zimmerman (13, Madson), Austin Kearns (9, Moyer), Ronnie Belliard (14, Moyer), Ryan Langerhans (4, Lidge)
HR - Willie Harris (8, Moyer), Jesus Flores (7, Moyer)
RBI - Willie Harris (24), Lastings Milledge (33), Ryan Zimmerman (29), Jesus Flores 2 (44)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (9), Jesus Flores 2 (20)
CS - Ronnie Belliard (1, 2nd base by Moyer/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - F. Lopez-Belliard-Lo Duca, F. Lopez-Belliard-Lo Duca, Orr-Belliard-Lo Duca, Lo Duca-Orr
E - Paul Lo Duca (4, Missed catch of throw)
Washington Nationals
Tim Redding (L,7-6) 41077111 4.34
Steven Shell 3111131 1.96
Luis Ayala 1100000 5.54
Jesus Colome 1000100 5.13
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Redding 73-47, Steven Shell 48-29, Luis Ayala 15-12, Jesus Colome 9-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Redding 7-2, Steven Shell 5-1, Luis Ayala 1-1, Jesus Colome 1-1
Batters Faced - Tim Redding 21, Steven Shell 11, Luis Ayala 3, Jesus Colome 3
Game Information
Attendance - 31798
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom