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Moyer wins No. 260, Phillies win series against cold-hitting Braves

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- Philadelphia's first series of the season against the Atlanta Braves left manager Charlie Manuel feeling good about his starting pitching.

Jamie Moyer did not give up an earned run in six innings and the Phillies beat the weak-hitting Braves 8-3 on Thursday night to take two of three from their NL East rivals.

Kyle Kendrick, Roy Halladay and Moyer combined to hold Atlanta without an earned run in 23 innings.

"I'll take that," Manuel said. "That's what we need."

The Braves took a .227 team batting average into the game after being shut out 2-0 by Halladay on Wednesday night. They had nine hits, including only four against the 47-year-old Moyer (2-1), who struck out four and walked two.

"He's a good pitcher still," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "At his age, he still competes like crazy. He doesn't miss too many spots."

Manuel said Moyer "took us straight to where we wanted to go in the game."

"It's not pretty sometimes, but it's good," Manuel said of Moyer, who lowered his ERA from 7.50 to 5.00.

Atlanta's only victory in the series came after it trailed 3-0 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth before rallying with three home runs off Phillies relievers for a 4-3 victory in 10 innings Tuesday night.

Braves slugger Chipper Jones, who had two hits, said the Phillies relied on more than strong starting pitching to win the series.

"A lot has to do with their defense," Jones said. "You've got to get defensive contributions in order to hold a team scoreless and no earned runs in three games by the starters.

"That's something that we expect from them. They're a solid team. That's why they're the two-time National League champs."

The first-place Phillies moved two games ahead of Atlanta.

Juan Castro had three hits and Shane Victorino drove in two runs for Philadelphia.

Derek Lowe (3-1) gave up six hits and five runs, four earned, in five innings. Lowe said he admired Moyer's performance.

"He knows how to pitch," Lowe said. "You look at the radar gun and you think there's no way, but he understands how to pitch."

Moyer made his major league debut on June 16, 1986, more than three years before Atlanta's 20-year-old rookie right fielder, Jason Heyward, was born. Heyward, who was hit by a pitch from Moyer in the second inning, was 0 for 3.

Moyer has a 19-year-old son, Dillon.

"I hope [Heyward] listens to his parents and coaches more than [Dillon] does," Moyer said with a laugh.

Chad Durbin, who gave up one run, Danys Baez and David Herndon each pitched one inning in relief of Moyer.

Three consecutive singles by Greg Dobbs, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, followed by Jayson Werth's sacrifice fly, gave Philadelphia a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

"It was one of those games where we got a lead and then got 27 outs," Manuel said.

The Phillies added three runs in the third. With one out and the bases loaded, Raul Ibanez hit a possible double-play ball to Martin Prado at second base, but Prado threw high to shortstop Yunel Escobar at second base for an error as two runs scored. Castro added a run-scoring single.

Two errors by Utley helped the Braves score two unearned runs off Moyer in the fifth. After Moyer walked Melky Cabrera and pinch-hitter Omar Infante with one out, Matt Diaz hit a grounder to Castro at shortstop, setting up a possible double play. Utley missed Castro's throw to second, allowing Cabrera to score.

Prado followed with another grounder to Castro, who threw to Utley to force out Diaz at second. Utley made a wild throw to first for his second error, allowing Infante to score.

The Phillies added to their lead on Victorino's sacrifice fly in the sixth and RBI singles by pinch-hitter Ross Gload and Victorino in the seventh.

Nate McLouth doubled and scored on Brian McCann's sacrifice fly off Durbin in the seventh.

Notes

  • Phillies LHP J.A. Happ was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained forearm. LHP J.C. Romero was activated. RHP Nelson Figueroa will take Happ's next scheduled start Saturday at Arizona.
  • Philadelphia 3B Placido Polanco did not start but was available off the bench after he was hit by a pitch on his left elbow Wednesday night. Dobbs started at third base.
  • Atlanta's Troy Glaus was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts and is hitting .170.
  • Werth, running toward the infield, made a tumbling catch in right field of a sinking liner hit by Diaz in the first inning.
 
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Pitching in his fourth decade, Jamie Moyer defeats Atlanta for the fifth time in his career.  (US Presswire)
Pitching in his fourth decade, Jamie Moyer defeats Atlanta for the fifth time in his career. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

M. Prado
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Philadelphia

J. Castro
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Shane Victorino, CF4012011 .212
Greg Dobbs, 3B3220000 .250
   a- Wilson Valdez, PH-3B2000013 .000
Chase Utley, 2B3210200 .339
Ryan Howard, 1B5011015 .294
Jayson Werth, RF3101120 .327
Raul Ibanez, LF4111111 .200
Juan Castro, SS5231011 .353
Carlos Ruiz, C5020013 .275
Jamie Moyer, P1000102 .250
   b- Ross Gload, PH1011000 .250
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .000
    Danys Baez, P0000000 .000
   c- Ben Francisco, PH1000001 .125
    David Herndon, P0000000 .000
Totals37812758  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Dobbs in the 6th
b-singled for Moyer in the 7th
c-flied out for Baez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Greg Dobbs (2, Lowe)
SF - Shane Victorino (1), Jayson Werth (2)
SH - Jamie Moyer (2)
RBI - Shane Victorino 2 (13), Ryan Howard (16), Jayson Werth (8), Raul Ibanez (7), Juan Castro (7), Ross Gload (1)
2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino (6), Ross Gload (1)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Utley-Castro-Howard
E - Chase Utley 2 (2, Missed catch of throw)
Philadelphia Phillies
Jamie Moyer (W,2-1) 6420240 5.00
Chad Durbin 1211120 1.23
Danys Baez 1000000 6.35
David Herndon 1300000 6.35
HBP - Heyward (by Jamie Moyer)
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 101-58, Chad Durbin 33-15, Danys Baez 9-7, David Herndon 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 8-7, Danys Baez 2-1, David Herndon 1-1
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 26, Chad Durbin 6, Danys Baez 3, David Herndon 5
Atlanta Braves
Matt Diaz, LF5000012 .167
Martin Prado, 2B5030000 .417
Chipper Jones, 3B4020102 .293
Brian McCann, C4011003 .279
Troy Glaus, 1B4000033 .170
    Jesse Chavez, P0000000 .000
Yunel Escobar, SS4010010 .203
Jason Heyward, RF3000012 .269
Melky Cabrera, CF3100103 .125
Derek Lowe, P1000000 .000
   a- Omar Infante, PH0100100 .235
    Kris Medlen, P0000000 .000
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
   b- Nate McLouth, PH1110000 .171
    Eric Hinske, 1B1010000 .375
Totals3539136  
a-walked for Lowe in the 5th
b-doubled for Moylan in the 7th
Batting
2B - Martin Prado (6, Moyer), Chipper Jones (4, Herndon), Yunel Escobar (3, Moyer), Nate McLouth (1, Durbin)
SF - Brian McCann (1)
RBI - Brian McCann (7)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Martin Prado (1, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
Derek Lowe (L,3-1) 5654230 5.24
Kris Medlen 0.1211100 3.72
Eric O'Flaherty 0.2000110 1.23
Peter Moylan 1322120 2.35
Jesse Chavez 2100020 1.08
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 96-63, Kris Medlen 18-8, Eric O'Flaherty 11-6, Peter Moylan 37-23, Jesse Chavez 38-25
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 8-5, Eric O'Flaherty 1-0, Jesse Chavez 1-3
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 24, Kris Medlen 4, Eric O'Flaherty 3, Peter Moylan 7, Jesse Chavez 7
Game Information
Attendance - 22476
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Tony Randazzo