Phillies' Moyer blasted, but wins
MILWAUKEE — A week after Jamie Moyer became the oldest pitcher in history to throw a shutout, the 47-year-old passed another milestone in a victory — 500 home runs allowed.
Moyer overcame the three homers he gave up in the second and Ryan Howard hit a two-run shot for the Philadelphia Phillies in a 9-5 victory over Milwaukee last night.
"That's a lot of chances out there. You can't give up 500 in 600 at-bats, can you?" said Moyer, behind Jay-Z's remix of "Forever Young" playing in the background. "I've thrown a few innings in my career — hits, home runs, walks, strikeouts, errors.
"I don't really keep track of it all, but you guys seem to be able to do a pretty good job of that."
All joking aside, Moyer (5-2) continued his dazzling start, only struggling briefly when Prince Fielder, Jim Edmonds and George Kottaras all hit solo homers in the second to tie the game 3-all.
That pushed Moyer to 501 home runs allowed, second only to Robin Roberts (505) from 1948-66. After Moyer, the list includes Fergie Jenkins (484), Phil Niekro (482) and Don Sutton (472) — all Hall of Famers.
Moyer improved to 263-197 in his 24-year career for a .571 winning percentage that's better than all of them.
"He surprises me every time he goes out," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "I've seen him his whole career and he's the same guy, really. I see the same guy I saw 15, 20 years ago. Seriously."
Raul Ibanez hit a solo homer and Maui's Shane Victorino drove in two with a triple in the fourth off Randy Wolf (3-3) to give the Phillies a 6-3 lead.
CARDINALS 4, REDS 3
Albert Pujols ended St. Louis' longest homer drought in three years — a span of nine games — with a two-run shot in the third inning, and Jaime Garcia (4-2) gave up two runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings to beat host Cincinnati.
PIRATES 10, CUBS 6
Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones both homered and set career highs with five hits each, helping host Pittsburgh rally from a 6-4 deficit to beat Chicago and end a four-game losing streak.
MARLINS 7, METS 2
Dan Uggla hit two homers and drove in four runs, Chris Coghlan hit the first home run by a left-handed batter for Florida this season, and Gaby Sanchez also connected in a victory over New York.
BRAVES 6, DIAMONDBACKS 5
Martin Prado's bases-loaded bloop single into shallow right field drove in two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning as Atlanta capped a comeback from a 4-0 deficit after five innings to frustrate Arizona.
GIANTS 8, ASTROS 2
Andres Torres had an RBI triple, doubled in a run and scored twice as host San Francisco produced the timely hits it lacked in recent days to snap Houston's four-game winning streak.
DODGERS 4, PADRES 3
Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer in the seventh that Tony Gwynn Jr. got his glove on as it sailed over the center field wall, lifting visiting Los Angeles to its fifth straight victory, while ending San Diego's win streak at three.
YANKEES 8, TWINS 4
Alex Rodriguez followed a seventh-inning intentional walk to Mark Teixeira with his 19th career grand slam — the 587th homer of his career — to power host New York over Minnesota.
ANGELS 4, ATHLETICS 0
Joe Saunders (2-5) matched zeros with Dallas Braden (4-3) through five innings, then Kendry Morales hit a go-ahead single in the sixth and Hideki Matsui followed with a three-run homer to help host Los Angeles beat Oakland.
RED SOX 7, TIGERS 2
David Ortiz hit a three-run homer after Dustin Pedroia's two-run drive in a five-run first inning, and added a solo shot in the fourth in leading visiting Boston past Detroit.
MARINERS 4, RAYS 3
Franklin Gutierrez, Adam Moore and Mike Sweeney homered, and Doug Fister (3-1) allowed one run and four hits in five innings as Seattle, last in the West, beat East-leading Tampa Bay.
BLUE JAYS 16, RANGERS 10
Aaron Hill, Travis Snider and Vernon Wells all hit three-run home runs and host Toronto boosted its major league lead in home runs to 57 after outslugging Texas.
ROYALS 6, WHITE SOX 1
Mitch Maier lined a two-run single in a five-run seventh inning against Mark Buehrle (2-5), and host Kansas City made Ned Yost's managerial debut a rousing success with a win over Chicago.
ORIOLES 8, INDIANS 1
Jeremy Guthrie (2-4) allowed a run and two singles in eight innings, Miguel Tejada drove in three runs and host Baltimore handed Cleveland's Justin Masterson (0-4) his 10th straight loss over two seasons.