Philadelphia (13-15) at San Francisco (14-13)

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  • Game info: 10:15 pm EDT Fri May 4, 2007
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The Philadelphia Phillies may not be experiencing the success they envisioned thus far, but they’ve been tough to beat with veteran Jamie Moyer on the mound.

Moyer tries to help the Phillies win back-to-back games as they continue their four-game road series with the San Francisco Giants on Friday.

Philadelphia (13-15) is fourth in the NL East, where they hoped to be contending for a title. The Phillies scored their most runs in eight games on Thursday, though, beating the Giants 9-7 in their series opener.

Jimmy Rollins had two triples and drove in two runs to extend his hitting streak to seven games while Shane Victorino and Chase Utley each added two RBIs. Aaron Rowand reached base safely for the 24th consecutive game for the Phillies, who beat San Francisco (14-13) for the 11th time in their last 13 meetings.

Philadelphia improved to 7-8 on the road and is trying to move to .500 there for the first time since being 1-1. The Phillies are 4-1 when Moyer (3-1, 2.65 ERA) takes the mound, and he has provided a quality start in each of those five appearances.

The 44-year-old left-hander is coming off his best performance of 2007 when took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning on Sunday, and eventually scattered two hits over 7 1-3 shutout innings in a 6-1 win over Florida.

“It was a fun game to pitch,” said Moyer, who walked two and struck out five. “I was throwing my breaking pitches for strikes, that’s big for me. Things really started to fall into place as the game went along. It was fun.”

Moyer baffled the Marlins with a fastball that topped out at 82 mph along with a mix of cutters, changeups and curveballs and left to a standing ovation.

“I was just sitting there and enjoying watching it,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “He’s a professional and you couldn’t have a better teammate or a better guy on the mound than Jamie.”

Moyer is 4-4 with a 2.60 ERA in nine career starts versus the Giants and held them to one run through eight innings in a 5-1 victory on June 18 when he was with Seattle. He will be opposed by Matt Morris (3-1, 3.34), who is trying to rebound from his first defeat of the season.

The right-hander gave up five earned runs and 12 hits, both season highs, over seven innings in a 5-4 loss to Arizona on Sunday.

“Just sloppy pitching,” said Morris, who is 3-3 with a 4.09 ERA in 10 lifetime games versus Philadelphia.

Morris has been strong in two home starts this season, allowing only two earned runs through 12 2-3 innings. The Giants’ rotation took a hit Thursday when Russ Ortiz was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an inflamed nerve in his right elbow.

Tim Lincecum, the Giants’ first-round pick in the 2006 draft, is expected to make his major league debut on Sunday in place of Ortiz.

San Francisco has dropped five of its last seven games following an eight-game winning streak. The Giants are trying to avoid consecutive home losses for the first time since a three-game skid April 6-8.

San Francisco slugger Bonds is 8-for-35 (.229) with five homers and three walks during his career versus Moyer.

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J. Moyer Tor vs. M. Morris Pit
14-12 Record 10-11
5.01 ERA 4.89
133 K 102
66 BB 61
1.44 WHIP 1.52


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