Thursday, April 19, 2007

Moyer lifts struggling Phillies past Nats

By Angelo Saggiomo
The Phanatic Magazine

Jamie Moyer pitched eight-plus strong innings, yielding two runs on four hits with five strikeouts as Philadelphia edged Washington, 4-2, in the finale of a quick two-game set at RFK Stadium.

Shane Victorino finished 3-for-5 with one run batted in and a run scored and Aaron Rowand homered for the Phillies, who halted a two-game skid. Jimmy Rollins had two hits, one RBI and scored a run in the win.

First baseman Ryan Howard, who is hitting just .213 with one home run and seven RBI, sat out the game due to a sprained ligament in his left knee. The reining NL MVP suffered the injury while running out a fielder's choice grounder in the 10th inning of Wednesday's 13-inning 5-4 loss to Washington. He is listed as day-to-day.

Dmitri Young went 2-for-3 with a run scored and one RBI for the Nationals, who have dropped two of three. John Patterson (0-3) absorbed the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits in four-plus innings with four walks and one strikeout.

Washington made it interesting in the ninth by scoring twice off Moyer (2-1), but Tom Gordon held his own and escaped with his third save of the season.

Ryan Zimmerman led off with a double and then scored on Young's two-bagger. Gordon then came on to relieve the crafty left-hander, but hit Austin Kearns with a pitch and gave up a single to Ryan Church to load the bases.

Robert Fick's sac fly, however, was the only other run the Nationals could muster as Gordon got pinch-hitter Brian Schneider to ground out and froze Chris Snelling with a curve ball to end the game.

Philadelphia took a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning when Rollins scored from second on Victorino's single.

Rowand's lead-off homer in the second gave the Phillies a two-run edge.

The Phillies made it a 3-0 game in the fifth on Wes Helms' sac fly and added another run in the sixth when Rollins' base hit plated Carlos Ruiz, who reached on a double.

Philadelphia continued to struggle with runners in scoring position, leaving 10 on base.
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