Soft touch: Marlins can’t escape Moyer

Associated Press / July 17, 2009
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The mismatches between Jamie Moyer and the Florida Marlins are becoming more one-sided.

Moyer allowed one hit in seven innings to continue his domination of Florida, Ryan Howard hit his 200th homer to sustain an unprecedented pace, and the Philadelphia Phillies extended their winning streak to six games with a 4-0 victory last night in Miami.

Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero pitched one perfect inning each to complete the one-hitter.

Moyer (9-6) limited Florida to two baserunners and departed after throwing 94 pitches. The 46-year-old lefthander has won all eight of his career starts in Miami, and he’s 13-2 overall against the Marlins.

The Phillies enjoy the longest current winning streak in the majors, and they’ve won 10 of their past 11 to increase their lead over second-place Florida to five games in the NL East.

The 29-year-old Howard hit his 23d homer of the season in the sixth inning to reach the 200 milestone in 658 games, fewer than any player in major league history. Ralph Kiner, previously the fastest player to reach 200 home runs, did it in 706 games.

All-Star Raul Ibanez hit two home runs, giving him 24 this season.

Moyer retired the first 12 batters before Jorge Cantu lined a single to start the fifth. Ronny Paulino walked with one out, but Moyer retired the next two batters to escape. Those were the only baserunners allowed by Moyer, who improved his career record to 255-191.

Chris Volstad (6-9) pitched six innings and allowed four runs, all on homers.

Astros 3, Dodgers 0 - Manny Ramírez was little help in his first game at Dodger Stadium since his 50-game suspension ended as Wandy Rodriguez combined with four relievers on an eight-hitter as Houston blanked Los Angeles.

Back in Mannywood, Ramírez went 1 for 4 with two strikeouts while being welcomed back with cheers, chants of his name, and camera flashes that sparkled around the stadium.

Ramírez singled to lead off the eighth, but he was erased on a double play one batter later. In the ninth, Ramírez walked over to center fielder Matt Kemp and rested on one knee chatting with Kemp and right fielder Andre Ethier as reliever Scott Elbert warmed up.

Rodriguez (9-6) gave up five hits in six innings, struck out six and walked two.

Rockies 10, Padres 1 - Aaron Cook pitched six solid innings, Clint Barmes hit a three-run homer, and Seth Smith added a two-run shot as Colorado thumped host San Diego.

Cook (9-3) continued his dominance over the Padres by getting out of two bases-loaded jams while only allowing one run. Cook raised his career record against the Padres to 13-4.

He allowed a run in the first and pitched out of trouble in every inning except the second when he had his only 1-2-3 inning. The righthander allowed eight hits, walked four, and struck out eight.

Barmes homered in the sixth inning, his 11th, off Mike Ekstrom to increase the Rockies’ lead to 7-1. Smith homered off Ryan Webb in the eighth.

Brewers 9, Reds 6 - Home Run Derby winner Prince Fielder hit a three-run shot to power visiting Milwaukee past Cincinnati.

Fielder got the Brewers started on their second-half quest - catching the Cardinals in the NL Central - by connecting in the third inning off Homer Bailey (1-1). Milwaukee moved to two games behind the idle Cardinals.

Braden Looper (8-4) went 5 1/3 innings and had three hits of his own, including a broken-bat, RBI single that extended Milwaukee’s five-run rally in the sixth inning. The three hits - all singles - matched his total for the season and were a career high.

Cubs 6, Nationals 2 - Rich Harden allowed three hits over six innings, Derrek Lee homered, and visiting Chicago spoiled the debut of Washington’s interim manager Jim Riggleman.

Harden (6-6), who had won only one of his previous seven starts, improved to 4-1 on the road. He allowed an unearned run, walked none and struck out seven, including Adam Dunn three times.

Indians 4, Mariners 1 - In Cleveland, Cliff Lee won for the first time in more than a month, allowing one run in his second complete game of the season.

Lee (5-9) hadn’t won since a three-hit shutout against St. Louis on June 14, a game in which he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner had lost three straight starts, thanks mostly to a lack of run support. The Indians have scored three runs or less in 11 of Lee’s 20 starts.

Braves 5, Mets 3 - Chipper Jones drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and host Atlanta prevailed in the matchup of bullpens against New York.

Angels 6, Athletics 2 - Ervin Santana ended a three-start losing streak, Kendry Morales hit a two-run homer, and visiting Los Angeles beat Oakland for its fourth straight win.

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