Mariners 4, Phillies 0
Moyer pitched seven shutout innings and Bret Boone homered, leading the Seattle Mariners to their seventh straight victory, 4-0 over the Phillies on Tuesday night in the first meeting between the teams.
The AL West-leading Mariners improved the majors’ best record to 38-18. Philadelphia had won three straight.
Moyer (9-2) gave up four hits, struck out eight and had no walks to win his sixth consecutive start. Shigetoshi Hasegawa pitched a scoreless eighth and Arthur Rhodes worked the ninth to complete the shutout.
The Phillies pursued Moyer in free agency last winter, but the 40-year-old left-hander re-signed with the Mariners. Philadelphia eventually ended up with Kevin Millwood, who took the loss against Moyer.
“They have a good club, good hitters. You can’t let up against them,” said Moyer, who grew up near Philadelphia. “I tried to stay competitive, stay ahead in the count and keep the ball down.”
Millwood (7-3) allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings to lose his second straight start.
“I thought my stuff was there, but when I didn’t locate, they hit it,” Millwood said.
Moyer hit an infield single to shortstop Jimmy Rollins to start the third inning. Two outs later, Boone hit a 2-1 pitch over the right-center field wall for his 17th homer, giving Moyer all the runs he would need.
Randy Winn’s single drove in Boone to make it 4-0 in the fifth.
Boone finished 3-for-4, extending his hitting streak to nine games. He’s batting .382 (26-for-68) with 25 RBIs over his last 16 games.
“The last time I faced Millwood in 2000, he struck me out three times,” Boone said. “He’s a tough pitcher.”
“Moyer kept us off-balance all night,” Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. “He’s the definition of a pitcher.”
Moyer hasn’t allowed more than three runs in his last six starts. He’s given up two runs or less in nine of his 12 starts.
“That was his best effort and he’s had some good ones,” Mariners managerBob Melvin said.
Seattle’s winning streak is its longest since a 10-game run from April 8-17 last year—all on the road. … The start of the game was delayed 41 minutes by rain. … Moyer’s hit in his first at-bat of the season was his first since last June 16 against San Diego. … Boone’s homer was the first allowed by Millwood since May 2. … McLemore struck out looking his first three at-bats. … Mariners 3B Jeff Cirillo left the game after five innings with a bruised right kneecap that he injured running into a railing while chasing a foul ball in the fourth. … Seattle’s road record of 21-7 is the best in the majors. … Burrell went 0-for-3. He’s hitting just .198, and isbooed by Phillies fans each time he makes an out.