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Moyer Magic

“Two hands!” Jamie Moyer yelled on a soft pop-up to Ryan Howard. That was the story for Moyer, who was the ultimate magician in Monday’s 6-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In the second inning, Moyer loaded the bases with nobody out. He escaped the jam by striking out Jon Garland and getting Stephen Drew to ground into a 4-6-3 twin killing.  In addition, Moyer managed to get through the first and third innings scot-free after allowing two runners both innings. He allowed, but stranded, seven runners through the first three innings.

The Phillies were unable to manage a hit off Garland through the first 3.1 innings. Garland effectively got hitters to ground out until Chase Utley broke up the no-hit bid with a single. Ryan Howard followed with a long drive to one of the deepest parts of the ballpark, left center field. Garland located the pitch in Howard’s wheelhouse: down and in. It resulted in an opposite field moonshot that gave the Phillies a 2-0 lead in the fourth.

The Phillies kept tacking on runs and were helped by horrendous Diamondback defense. Jimmy Rollins kept his hot streak going with a RBI double in the fifth. In the sixth, excellent base-running by Chase Utley led to a big inning. Utley managed to go first-to-third on a fielding error by second baseman Ryan Roberts. It opened the gates as the Phillies scored three runs in the inning, jumping to a 6-0 lead.

Moyer settled down, pitching 6.2 scoreless innings. He allowed six hits and walked four, but he struck out five. The offense backed Moyer to give him his 10th win of the year. It is the 15th time in his career he has had at least 10 wins in a season.

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