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Howard fastest to 200 homers as Moyer, Phils roll

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MIAMI -- The mismatches between Jamie Moyer and the Florida Marlins are becoming more one-sided.

Moyer allowed one hit in seven innings to continue his domination of Florida, Ryan Howard hit his 200th homer to sustain an unprecedented pace and the Philadelphia Phillies extended their winning streak to six games with a 4-0 victory Thursday night.

Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero pitched one perfect inning each to complete the one-hitter.

Moyer (9-6) limited Florida to two baserunners and departed after throwing 94 pitches. The 46-year-old left-hander has won all eight of his career starts in Miami, and he's 13-2 overall against the young, free-swinging Marlins.

"They like to air it out," Phils manager Charlie Manuel said. "They like to swing and hit the ball hard. That kind of plays right into Moyer's game. That's what makes him pitch good."

Moyer rarely reached 80 mph on the radar gun but allowed only two baserunners, retiring the Marlins 1-2-3 in six of his seven innings.

"They put a lot of balls in play early in the count," he said.

"You have to tip your hat to Moyer," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It seems we're always saying that."

The Phillies enjoy the longest current winning streak in the majors, and they've won 10 of their past 11 games. Resuming play after the All-Star break, they increased their lead over second-place Florida to five games in the NL East to start a four-game series.

"It's nice to win the first game back and try to recreate some of the momentum we took into the break," Moyer said.

The 29-year-old Howard hit his 23rd homer of the season in the sixth inning to reach the 200 milestone in 658 games, fewer than any player in major league history. Ralph Kiner, previously the fastest player to reach 200 home runs, did it in 706 games.

"It's a nice feat," Howard said. "It's a nice record to have. I'll take it and run with it."

All-Star Raul Ibanez hit two home runs, giving him 24 this season.

Moyer came into the game with an ERA of 5.99 but won for the fifth start in a row. He retired the first 12 batters before Jorge Cantu lined a single to start the fifth for Florida's lone hit.

"It was a pretty good pitch - a fastball down," Moyer said.

Ronny Paulino walked with one out, but Moyer retired the next two batters to escape. Those were the only baserunners allowed by Moyer, who improved his career record to 255-191.

NL batting leader Hanley Ramirez went 0 for 3 and grumbled that home plate umpire Bob Drake gave Moyer a generous strike zone.

"He got a lot of calls," Ramirez said. "There's nothing you can do about it. It's tough when he gets so many calls like that and you can't concentrate on what you are doing."

Moyer matched Florida's hit total with a single to hike his average this season to .087. Manuel playfully scolded his pitcher on the bench for the energy he exerted after his hit.

"He got on the bases and he's dancing around and running," Manuel said, laughing. "I was getting on him. He didn't like it."

Said Moyer: "You're supposed to run when you get on the bases, aren't you?"

The Marlins totaled one hit for the fifth time in team history. They've been no-hit only once.

Chris Volstad (6-9) pitched six innings and allowed four runs, all on homers. He has given up 20 home runs this season.

Howard has four homers in 15 career at-bats against Volstad. The slugger became the eighth Phillies player to reach the 200 mark.

The Phils improved to 27-15 on the road, best in majors. They're 4-0 in Miami.

"We finished the first half the way we wanted," Howard said. "It's important to get off to a good start in the second half."

Notes

  • Newly acquired Phillies RHP Pedro Martinez joined the team and threw on the side before the game.
  • Ramirez began the second half of the season batting .456 with runners in scoring position, best in the majors.
  • Marlins C Paulino threw out Shane Victorino and Jimmy Rollins trying to steal second.
  • The Phils' Jayson Werth went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts.
 
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Ryan Howard passes Ralph Kiner's mark for quickest to 200 homers in the Phils' sixth straight win.  (AP)
Ryan Howard passes Ralph Kiner's mark for quickest to 200 homers in the Phils' sixth straight win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

R. Ibanez
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
Philadelphia

J. Moyer
IP 7.0
H 1
ER 0
BB 1
K 4
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5010003 .229
Shane Victorino, CF3010101 .310
Chase Utley, 2B4010011 .312
Ryan Howard, 1B3221100 .260
Raul Ibanez, LF4223012 .312
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
Jayson Werth, RF4000042 .260
Pedro Feliz, 3B4010010 .292
Carlos Ruiz, C4010011 .235
Jamie Moyer, P2010010 .087
    John Mayberry Jr., LF1000011 .180
Totals344104210  
Batting
2B - Chase Utley (19, Donnelly), Carlos Ruiz (12, Volstad)
HR - Ryan Howard (23, Volstad), Raul Ibanez 2 (24, Volstad, Volstad)
SH - Jamie Moyer (6)
RBI - Ryan Howard (68), Raul Ibanez 3 (63)
CS - Jimmy Rollins (6, 2nd base by Volstad/Paulino), Shane Victorino (6, 2nd base by Volstad/Paulino)
Team LOB - 6
Philadelphia Phillies
Jamie Moyer (W,9-6) 7100140 5.58
Ryan Madson 1000000 2.96
J.C. Romero 1000010 2.93
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 94-67, Ryan Madson 12-7, J.C. Romero 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 5-12, Ryan Madson 1-2, J.C. Romero 2-0
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 23, Ryan Madson 3, J.C. Romero 3
Florida Marlins
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B4000000 .255
Jeremy Hermida, LF-RF4000010 .252
Hanley Ramirez, SS3000010 .346
Jorge Cantu, 1B3010000 .288
Dan Uggla, 2B3000011 .225
Ronny Paulino, C1000100 .239
   a- Chris Coghlan, PH-LF1000000 .244
Cody Ross, CF3000002 .276
Brett Carroll, RF2000012 .260
   b- Ross Gload, PH1000000 .280
    Kiko Calero, P0000000 .000
Chris Volstad, P1000010 .091
   c- Andy Gonzalez, PH1000000 .200
    Luis Ayala, P0000000 .000
    Brendan Donnelly, P0000000 .000
    John Baker, C1000000 .257
Totals2801015  
a-grounded out for Paulino in the 8th
b-flied out for Carroll in the 8th
c-flied out for Volstad in the 6th
Florida Marlins
Chris Volstad (L,6-9) 6744153 4.53
Luis Ayala 1100010 4.05
Brendan Donnelly 1100120 0.00
Kiko Calero 1100020 1.89
IBB - Howard by Brendan Donnelly
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Volstad 89-57, Luis Ayala 13-8, Brendan Donnelly 27-14, Kiko Calero 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 4-7, Luis Ayala 1-1, Brendan Donnelly 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 24, Luis Ayala 4, Brendan Donnelly 5, Kiko Calero 4
Game Information
Attendance - 15171
Game Time - 2:29
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Scott Barry