After a rainout, the Philadelphia Phillies hope Jamie Moyer and newly acquired outfielder Jeff Conine help them move closer to the NL wild card when they wrap up a three-game series with the New York Mets on Monday.
The series was scheduled to conclude Sunday but the game was called off after officials delayed the start 1 hour, 5 minutes. Philadelphia remained one game out of the wild card after Cincinnati lost 8-0 to San Francisco.
Moyer (1-0, 4.50 ERA) allowed three runs in six innings of a 6-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, three days after he was acquired in a trade with Seattle. The 43-year-old left-hander became the oldest Phillies pitcher ever to earn a win and ended a personal three-decision losing streak.
“I’ll take it,” said Moyer, who is the Mariners’ all-time leader in wins, starts and innings. “I like this environment. It’s a great clubhouse.”
The Phillies were certainly pleased with Moyer, who had not pitched for a NL team since appearing in eight games for St. Louis in 1991.
“He pitched like I’ve always seen him pitch,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “He got a lot of ground balls, a lot chopped back. He pitched real good and he fits in.”
Moyer was 6-12 with a 4.39 ERA in 25 starts for the Mariners this season. He is 5-1 with a 2.34 ERA in nine career starts against the Mets, the most recent coming last season.
“It’s nice to be able to come in here and put some zeros up on the board and get some run support,” Moyer said. “Compared to the situation I just left, there’s a lot more fun involved with this.”
Conine was acquired Sunday from Baltimore for a player to be named. A two-time World Series winner with Florida in 1997 and 2003, Conine provides Philadelphia with a solid right-handed bat and more veteran leadership as its seeks a wild card berth.
“I hope I can lend some experience, having been through it a couple times,” Conine said. “But it’s all about production on the field, helping them win.”
The Phillies (65-64) lost for the second time in eight games on Saturday, falling 11-5 to the Mets. However, they remained within reach of NL wild-card leader Cincinnati, which lost 4-1 to the San Francisco Giants.
Ryan Howard hit his NL-leading 46th homer, a fifth-inning grand slam, and increased his league-best RBI total to 121. His 34 RBIs in August set a Philadelphia club record, breaking the mark of 31 set by Don Demeter in 1962, and his 18 homers since the All-Star break lead the majors.
However, the Phillies blew a 5-2 lead and allowed the Mets to score seven runs in the seventh inning. Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado each homered for New York, and Shawn Green went 2-for-4 with a two-run double.
Before his seventh-inning double, Green had been just 1-for-9 since the Mets acquired him in a trade with Arizona on Tuesday.
“It’s an explosive lineup, without a doubt,” Green said. “Delgado and Beltran go gap to gap. The leadoff hitter (Jose Reyes) is on base all the time. (Endy) Chavez in the eighth spot has great at-bats all the time.”
Beltran’s first-inning homer was the 200th of his career and his 38th this season, matching the career high he set in 2004 with Kansas City and Houston. He also matched his career high of 108 RBIs set in 1999 with Kansas City.
John Maine (3-3, 3.58) will start Sunday’s finale for the NL East-leading Mets. He allowed a career-high seven earned runs—all on a pair of Albert Pujols homers—in five innings of the Mets’ 8-7 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, but did not factor in the decision.
The right-hander went 3-0 with a 3.05 ERA in his previous six starts.
Maine has made two starts against the Phillies this season. He won both, giving up just two runs in 12 innings.