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Phillies' Moyer tosses two-hit shutout at age 47

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PHILADELPHIA -- This ol' man has plenty left in his pitching arm.

Forty-seven-year-old Jamie Moyer tossed a two-hitter to become the oldest player in major league history to throw a shutout, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 7-0 on Friday night.

The Phillies confirmed the feat by Moyer, who accomplished it at 47 years, 170 days old. Phil Niekro was the previous oldest at 46 years, 188 days when he tossed a four-hitter for the New York Yankees against Toronto on Oct. 6, 1986.

"Cool, just doing my job," Moyer said when told of the accomplishment.

Moyer (4-2) struck out five and faced one batter over the minimum to earn his 262nd career victory. The soft-tossing left-hander baffled Atlanta's hitters with an assortment of low-80s fastballs and pinpoint control.

He allowed leadoff singles to Troy Glaus in the second and eighth innings. It was Moyer's 10th career shutout and 32nd complete game.

"Jamie carved us tonight," Chipper Jones said. "The guy is 87 years old and he's still pitching for a reason. He stays off the barrel. He changes speeds, changes the game plan and keeps you guessing."

Derek Lowe (4-3) allowed seven runs and 11 hits in five innings for the Braves.

Moyer has tossed two other two-hitters in his 23-year career. His first came at Montreal on Aug. 16, 1986, while he was with the Chicago Cubs. He later did it with Seattle against Kansas City on June 2, 2006.

"I changed speeds pretty well, kept the ball down and got ahead in counts," Moyer said.

Jayson Werth hit a three-run homer for the two-time defending NL champion Phillies, who have won four in a row and six of seven.

Lowe was 6-1 against the Phillies before this season, but is 0-2 with a 9.90 ERA against them in his last two starts.

Moyer pitched six innings in each of his first five starts and has been inconsistent since last year. He lost his job in the starting rotation when the Phillies signed Pedro Martinez last July. Moyer beat out Kyle Kendrick in spring training for the No. 5 spot.

Performances like this one give Moyer reason to want to stick around even longer instead of retire.

"This kind of stuff pushes me," he said. "This is what it's about."

A sellout crowd gave him a standing ovation when he stepped into the batter's box in the eighth. They roared when he fouled off several pitches, and gave him another loud ovation after he completed the 11-pitch at-bat with a foul out to left field.

"I really appreciate the support they give on a daily basis," Moyer said.

The last-place Braves were missing three of their best hitters. Right fielder Jason Heyward (groin), catcher Brian McCann (eye) and shortstop Yunel Escobar (adductor) weren't in the lineup.

"I know we've got guys out and Chipper's not real hot, but he pitched a great game," Braves manager Bobby Cox said.

Moyer got some defensive help in the fourth when center fielder Shane Victorino made an outstanding running catch on Omar Infante's drive leading off the inning.

Chase Utley got the Phillies started with a two-out single in the third. After Ryan Howard singled, Werth launched his second three-run shot in two games to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead.

Singles by Placido Polanco, Utley and Howard loaded the bases in the fifth. Raul Ibanez followed with a two-run single. After an intentional walk to Carlos Ruiz, Wilson Valdez drove in two more runs with a single for a 7-0 lead.

Notes
  • Heyward is day to day with a strained groin. McCann could play Saturday if his new glasses arrive.
  • Phillies SS Juan Castro had an MRI on his injured hamstring.
  • A crowd of 45,349 was the 56th straight sellout at Citizens Bank Park.
  • Moyer's last nine-inning complete game was a 2-0 loss to Colorado on June 30, 2006.
 
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Jamie Moyer is the oldest pitcher in history to throw a shutout. He strikes out five in the win. (AP)
Jamie Moyer is the oldest pitcher in history to throw a shutout. He strikes out five in the win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

J. Werth
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Philadelphia

J. Moyer
IP 9.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 0
K 5
 

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Atlanta Braves
Omar Infante, SS4000010 .276
Martin Prado, 2B3000000 .319
Chipper Jones, 3B3000000 .222
Troy Glaus, 1B3020000 .242
Matt Diaz, LF3000002 .180
David Ross, C3000001 .231
Melky Cabrera, RF3000001 .185
Nate McLouth, CF3000020 .179
Derek Lowe, P1000010 .091
   a- Brandon Hicks, PH1000010 .000
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
    Jesse Chavez, P0000000 .000
   b- Eric Hinske, PH1000000 .276
Totals2802005  
a-struck out for Lowe in the 6th
b-grounded out for J. Chavez in the 9th
Fielding
DP - Lowe-Infante-Glaus
Atlanta Braves
Derek Lowe (L,4-3) 51177221 6.16
Jonny Venters 1000110 1.69
Craig Kimbrel 1100020 0.00
Jesse Chavez 1000000 4.73
IBB - Ruiz by Derek Lowe
WP - Jonny Venters (1), Craig Kimbrel (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 95-60, Jonny Venters 19-10, Craig Kimbrel 19-11, Jesse Chavez 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 10-2, Jonny Venters 1-1, Craig Kimbrel 1-0
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 27, Jonny Venters 4, Craig Kimbrel 4, Jesse Chavez 3
Philadelphia Phillies
Shane Victorino, CF5000000 .240
Placido Polanco, 3B5120000 .280
Chase Utley, 2B2220200 .302
Ryan Howard, 1B4220011 .287
Jayson Werth, RF4123015 .359
Raul Ibanez, LF4122011 .250
Carlos Ruiz, C3010111 .315
Wilson Valdez, SS4012002 .227
Jamie Moyer, P4000013 .182
Totals35712735  
Batting
2B - Placido Polanco (6, Lowe), Jayson Werth (16, Kimbrel)
HR - Jayson Werth (6, Lowe)
RBI - Jayson Werth 3 (24), Raul Ibanez 2 (15), Wilson Valdez 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Jayson Werth 3 (14), Raul Ibanez 2 (7), Wilson Valdez 2 (3)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Valdez-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Jamie Moyer (W,4-2) 9200050 4.38
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 105-71
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 8-13
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 28
Game Information
Attendance - 45349
Game Time - 2:17
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Laz Diaz