MIAMI(AP) The mismatches between
are becoming more one-sided.
Moyer allowed one hit in seven innings to continue his domination of Florida,
hit his 200th homer to sustain an unprecedented pace and the
extended their winning streak to six games with a 4-0 victory Thursday night.
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 left-hander has won
all eight of his career starts in Miami, and he's 13-2 overall against the young, free-swinging Marlins.
''They like to air it out,'' Phils manager
said. ''They like to swing and hit the ball hard. That kind of plays right into Moyer's game. That's what makes him pitch
Moyer rarely reached 80 mph on the radar gun but allowed only two baserunners, retiring the Marlins 1-2-3 in six of his seven
''They put a lot of balls in play early in the count,'' he said.
''You have to tip your hat to Moyer,'' Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ''It seems we're always saying that.''
The Phillies enjoy the longest current winning streak in the majors, and they've won 10 of their past 11 games. Resuming play
after the All-Star break, they increased their lead over second-place Florida to five games in the NL East to start a four-game
''It's nice to win the first game back and try to recreate some of the momentum we took into the break,'' Moyer said.
The 29-year-old Howard hit his 23rd homer of the season in the sixth inning to reach the 200 milestone in 658 games, fewer
than any player in major league history.
, previously the fastest player to reach 200 home runs, did it in 706 games.
''It's a nice feat,'' Howard said. ''It's a nice record to have. I'll take it and run with it.''
hit two home runs, giving him 24 this season.
Moyer came into the game with an ERA of 5.99 but won for the fifth start in a row. He retired the first 12 batters before
lined a single to start the fifth for Florida's lone hit.
''It was a pretty good pitch - a fastball down,'' Moyer said.
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.
NL batting leader
went 0 for 3 and grumbled that home plate umpire Bob Drake gave Moyer a generous strike zone.
''He got a lot of calls,'' Ramirez said. ''There's nothing you can do about it. It's tough when he gets so many calls like
that and you can't concentrate on what you are doing.''
Moyer matched Florida's hit total with a single to hike his average this season to .087. Manuel playfully scolded his pitcher
on the bench for the energy he exerted after his hit.
''He got on the bases and he's dancing around and running,'' Manuel said, laughing. ''I was getting on him. He didn't like
Said Moyer: ''You're supposed to run when you get on the bases, aren't you?''
The Marlins totaled one hit for the fifth time in team history. They've been no-hit only once.
(6-9) pitched six innings and allowed four runs, all on homers. He has given up 20 home runs this season.
Howard has four homers in 15 career at-bats against Volstad. The slugger became the eighth Phillies player to reach the 200
The Phils improved to 27-15 on the road, best in majors. They're 4-0 in Miami.
''We finished the first half the way we wanted,'' Howard said. ''It's important to get off to a good start in the second half.''
NOTES: Newly acquired Phillies RHP
joined the team and threw on the side before the game. ... Ramirez began the second half of the season batting .456 with runners
in scoring position, best in the majors. ... Marlins C Paulino threw out
trying to steal second. ... The Phils'
went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts.