Friday, May 7, 2010
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Gwinnett Daily Post
PHILADELPHIA -- Forty-seven-year-old Jamie Moyer threw a two-hitter, Jayson Werth hit a three-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 7-0 on Friday night.
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
Moyer allowed leadoff singles to Troy Glaus in the second and eighth innings. He recorded his 10th career shutout and 32nd complete game. Moyer 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.
The two-time defending NL champion Phillies have won four in a row and six of seven.
Derek Lowe (4-3) allowed seven runs and 11 hits in five innings. The right-hander 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.
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.
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.
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.