Florida at Philadelphia

W: J. Johnson (2-0) L: J. Moyer (10-7)
HR: FLA - None   PHI - S. Victorino (11)

Marlins finally solve Phils' Moyer; Hermida provides four RBI

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PHILADELPHIA -- Josh Johnson's changeup darted across the plate all night, a sure sign the big right-hander is all the way back after reconstructive elbow surgery a year ago.

Johnson pitched six scoreless innings, Jeremy Hermida drove in four runs and the Florida Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-2 Tuesday in a matchup of the two top teams in the NL East.

The Marlins, who have by far the smallest payroll in the majors, closed within 1½ games of first-place Philadelphia. The New York Mets are two games behind.

Johnson (2-0) allowed five hits and overcame four walks in his fifth start since returning from elbow surgery in August 2007. The Marlins improved to 5-0 in his starts this year.

"My changeup was real good. That's what I've been waiting for," Johnson said.

Jamie Moyer (10-7) fell to 10-1 against the Marlins. The 45-year-old left-hander uncharacteristically struggled with his control. Moyer gave up two runs and six hits in five innings. He walked three and hit two batters.

"It was bound to happen," Moyer said. "I beat myself."

Shane Victorino hit a two-out, two-run homer off Renyel Pinto to cut the deficit in half in the seventh. The Marlins used three pitchers to get through the seventh, and needed five pitchers to get the last nine outs.

The Phillies' bullpen couldn't keep it close. Hermida had an RBI single and a two-run single off J.A. Happ in the last two innings. Happ made his first career relief appearance after three starts.

"Give all the credit to J.J. He kept us in the game," Hermida said of Johnson.

Florida stranded eight runners over the first three innings.

Dan Uggla doubled to start the second and Moyer hit John Baker. After Johnson sacrificed, Hanley Ramirez was intentionally walked to load the bases with two outs.

Moyer fell behind Hermida 3-0, before walking him on a 3-2 pitch to force in Florida's first run.

The Marlins added a run in the fourth on Josh Willingham's fielder's choice grounder. Ramirez reached on a bunt single and Hermida was hit by a pitch. Jorge Cantu struck out, but Ramirez stole third base and scored on Willingham's soft grounder to third.

Johnson got some defensive help with two outs and two runners on in the second. Moyer lofted a shallow fly down the left-field line, but a hard-charging Willingham made a headfirst, diving catch to end the inning.

"That was huge. It was a great catch," Johnson said.

Alfredo Amezaga looped a two-run single over third baseman Greg Dobbs' head to give Florida a 4-0 lead in the seventh. Left-hander Les Walrond, making his first appearance in the majors since Oct. 1, 2006, came in with a runner on first and one out. He struck out the first batter he faced and walked two before Amezaga's hit.

"Johnson threw a very good game," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He has good stuff."


  • Moyer became the first Phillies pitcher since Randy Wolf in 2002 to allow three earned runs or fewer in 11 consecutive starts. He's 4-4 with a 2.90 ERA in that span.
  • The Phillies drew their 35th sellout in 54 home games.
  • The Marlins had a runner thrown out at every base.
  • Victorino has eight home runs in the past 18 games.
  • Cantu extended his career-high hitting streak to 13 games.
  • Gregg has converted his past 10 save opportunities.
  • Hermida tied a career high with the four RBI.
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Josh Johnson baffles the Phillies by throwing six scoreless innings to help the Marlins win.  (AP)
Josh Johnson baffles the Phillies by throwing six scoreless innings to help the Marlins win. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Hermida
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0

S. Victorino
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Stock Down: Philadelphia Phillies (1:12)
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS3221200 .295
Jeremy Hermida, RF4024102 .260
Jorge Cantu, 3B-1B6120028 .291
Josh Willingham, LF5001004 .275
Mike Jacobs, 1B4000115 .243
    Joe Nelson, P0000000 .000
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000 .000
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
Dan Uggla, 2B4220100 .270
John Baker, C2110200 .246
Alfredo Amezaga, CF-3B5122025 .270
Josh Johnson, P2010013 .273
   a- Wes Helms, PH1000002 .247
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
    Cody Ross, CF1110000 .248
a-lined out for Johnson in the 7th
2B - Dan Uggla (28, Moyer), Josh Johnson (2, Condrey)
SF - Hanley Ramirez (4)
SH - Josh Johnson (1)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez (50), Jeremy Hermida 4 (53), Josh Willingham (32), Alfredo Amezaga 2 (16)
2-OUT RBI - Jeremy Hermida 3 (23), Alfredo Amezaga 2 (12)
SB - Hanley Ramirez (26, 3rd base off Moyer/Ruiz)
CS - Hanley Ramirez (11, 2nd base by Condrey/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 13
DP - H. Ramirez-Jacobs, Uggla-H. Ramirez-Jacobs, Uggla-Jacobs
Florida Marlins
Josh Johnson (W,2-0) 6500430 3.34
Justin Miller 0.2100000 4.03
Renyel Pinto 0.1222011 3.30
Joe Nelson (H,5) 0.1000010 1.74
Arthur Rhodes (H,15) 0.2000020 2.74
Matt Lindstrom 1000100 3.35
IBB - Jenkins by Josh Johnson
HBP - Utley (by Renyel Pinto)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 97-55, Justin Miller 9-5, Renyel Pinto 19-11, Joe Nelson 4-3, Arthur Rhodes 10-6, Matt Lindstrom 10-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 5-8, Matt Lindstrom 1-2
Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 25, Justin Miller 2, Renyel Pinto 4, Joe Nelson 1, Arthur Rhodes 2, Matt Lindstrom 4
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4120101 .266
Shane Victorino, CF5122003 .288
Chase Utley, 2B3010002 .292
Ryan Howard, 1B4010013 .242
Pat Burrell, LF3010121 .278
Geoff Jenkins, RF1000211 .244
   a- Jayson Werth, PH-RF1000010 .265
Eric Bruntlett, 3B2000003 .224
   b- Greg Dobbs, PH-3B2000012 .301
Carlos Ruiz, C3010112 .216
Jamie Moyer, P1000002 .114
   c- Mike Cervenak, PH1000000 .000
    Clay Condrey, P0000000 .000
    Les Walrond, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
   d- So Taguchi, PH1000000 .224
    J.A. Happ, P0000000 .000
   e- Chris Coste, PH1000001 .277
a-struck out for Jenkins in the 8th
b-grounded out for Bruntlett in the 6th
c-flied out for Moyer in the 5th
d-lined out for Madson in the 7th
e-flied out for Happ in the 9th
2B - Pat Burrell (26, Johnson)
HR - Shane Victorino (11, Pinto)
RBI - Shane Victorino 2 (43)
2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino 2 (20)
Team LOB - 9
Outfield Assists - Geoff Jenkins 1
E - Ryan Howard (13, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
Jamie Moyer (L,10-7) 5622340 3.78
Clay Condrey 1.1211000 3.70
Les Walrond 0.1111210 27.00
Ryan Madson 0.1000000 3.45
J.A. Happ 2444210 5.54
IBB - H. Ramirez by Jamie Moyer
HBP - Baker (by Jamie Moyer), Hermida (by Jamie Moyer)
WP - Les Walrond (1), J.A. Happ (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 96-55, Clay Condrey 24-14, Les Walrond 19-9, Ryan Madson 2-2, J.A. Happ 44-27
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 6-5, Clay Condrey 1-2
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 26, Clay Condrey 5, Les Walrond 4, Ryan Madson 1, J.A. Happ 12
Game Information
Attendance - 44896
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Bill Hohn, Third Base - Dale Scott