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April 30 2007

In the early part of the season, the stabilizing force in the Phillies rotation has not been Brett Myers, Freddy Garcia, Adam Eaton or Jon Lieber.  After five starts Jamie Moyer is 3-1 with a 2.65 ERA.

In his last three starts, Moyer has taken a two-hit shutout into the ninth and a no-hitter into the seventh.  His most recent mastery came yesterday against the Fish.

The Phillies beat the Florida Marlins yesterday, winning 6-1 to improve to 11-13 on the year.  They are tied with the Marlins for third place in the NL East, 4 1/2 games behind the division leading Mets (15-8). 

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and threw 7 1/3 scoreless innings.  He allowed two hits, one of which was a double, and walked two. 

Moyer threw a 1-2-3 first.  It was the first inning in the series in which the Marlins did not get a hit.

He followed it up with a 1-2-3 second. 

He was perfect through three after getting a fly ball and two ground outs in the third.  Through three innings he had thrown 35 pitches.

Hanley Ramirez walked to start the fourth.  Dan Uggla was next and grounded to second.  The Phils forced Ramirez at second for the first out with Uggla safe at first.  Miguel Cabrera followed with a ball well hit to left.  Werth made a great catch and Uggla was easily doubled off of first.

Moyer got a fly out and two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 fifth.

He threw a 1-2-3 sixth and took a no-hitter into the seventh. 

In the seventh he retired Ramirez on a ground ball to short to start the inning.  He struck out Dan Uggla for the second out.  Cabrera was next and hit a ball just out of the reach of Nunez and into left for a double.  Willingham lined to short to end the inning.

Moyer returned to start the eighth with a 3-0 lead and walked Aaron Boone to start the inning.  He struck out Cody Ross for the first out, but Joe Borchard singled to center and that was it for Moyer.  With righty Miguel Olivo at the plate, Manuel called on Brett Myers and Myers struck out Olivo and pinch-hitter Mike Jacobs to end the inning.

Alfonseca started the ninth up 6-0 and gave up a leadoff double to Ramirez.  Uggla followed with a fly ball to right that moved Ramirez to third.  Cabrera struck out for the second out of the inning, but Josh Willingham doubled to left, scoring Uggla to make it a 6-1 game.  Alfonseca got Boone to fly to center to end the game.

The Phillies lineup against righty Wes Obermueller went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Werth (7) Nunez (8) Ruiz.  Rowand hits fifth against a righty with Burrell on the bench and Werth in left.  Werth starts against the righty the day after not starting against a lefty.  Nunez gets the start at third despite being one of baseball's worst hitters and coming into the game at 185/214/222.  The lefty Dobbs is on the bench and came into the game with three at-bats in the last six games.  The Phillies have two lefties on the bench in Bourn and Dobbs -- they take two righties out of their lineup against the righty, Burrell and Helms, and replace them with a righty and a switch-hitter.  Nunez hits ahead of Ruiz.

Rollins led off the first with a single, but Victorino flew to right behind him for the first out.  With Utley at the plate, Rollins stole second.  Utley followed with a single into right that scored Rollins and put the Phils up 1-0.  Howard and Rowand went down to end the inning.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the second. 

Jamie Moyer led off the third and hit a fly ball to left.  Willingham slipped and didn't get to the ball.  Moyer was safe at first with a single.  Rollins followed and hit into a double-play.  Victorino was hit by a pitch and stole second with Utley at the plate.  Utley popped out to third to end the inning.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the fourth and again in the fifth.

Rollins singled to start the sixth.  Victorino was next and popped out to third for the first out, and with Utley at the plate Rollins stole second again and went to third when Treanor's throw dribbled into the outfield.  Utley walked, but with one out and men on first and third, Howard struck out.  Rowand was hit by a pitch, this time by a breaking ball.  Werth came to the plate with the bases loaded and singled into left, scoring Rollins and Utley and putting the Phils up 3-0.  Nunez followed with a walk to load the bases again, but Ruiz flew out to center to end the inning. 

Moyer doubled to lead off the seventh but Rollins followed and flew to left.  Moyer moved to third on a wild pitch, but Victorino followed with a fly ball to left that wasn't deep enough to score him.  Utley grounded to second to end the inning.

Howard singled to start the eighth but Rowand and Werth went down behind him.  Nunez moved him to second with a single and Werth walked, loading the bases.  With righty Nate Field on the hill and Myers due to bat, Manuel called on the lefty Dobbs to pinch hit and Dobbs delivered a three-run double to left-center, putting the Phils up 6-0.  Rollins struck out to end the inning.

The Phillies stole four bases with Obermueller on the hill.

Rollins was 2-for-5 with two singles.   6-for-15 with a homer and two walks in the series.

Victorino was 0-for-3.  He was 2-for-11 with two singles in the series and is 2-for-his-last-23.  He is slugging .326, which is 83rd of the 96 NL players with at least 75 plate appearances. 

Utley was 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.  4-for-12 with a home run and four RBI in the series. 

Howard was 1-for-4 with a single and struck out twice.  2-for-8 with four strikeouts in the series.  219/402/397 on the year.

Rowand was 0-for-3.  5-for-12 with two doubles and a home run in the series. 

Werth was 1-for-4 with a single and two RBI.  Huge catch in left field.  2-for-6 with three RBI in the series.  He has as many RBI in his last six at-bats as Victorino does in his last 42.  Burrell was 0-for-6 in the series with three strikeouts.

Nunez was 1-for-3 with a walk.  3-for-7 with a double in the series.  Helms was 1-for-8 with a single in the series.

Ruiz was 0-for-3 with a walk.  3-for-9 with a walk and a double in the series.  Barajas was 2-for-3 with a double and a home run in the series, so the pair combined to go 5-for-12 with two doubles and a home run.

Jon Lieber (1-0, 3.21) faces righty Tim Hudson (3-0, 1.22) tonight in Atlanta.  Lieber will be making his third start of the year.  The first two have been good, he's allowed just two earned runs in 11 2/3 innings on six hits and a walk.  Hudson has been lights out so far this season.  In five starts he's allowed more than one run just once -- he allowed three runs against the Marlins on Wednesday.  Opponents are hitting .192 against him and he's struck out 31 in 37 innings.

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