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Moyer shuts down Mets in home win

VETERAN Jamie Moyer allowed only one run over six innings as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 4-1 in a National League game on Saturday.

Moyer (7-6) checked the Mets on five hits to help the NL East-leading Phillies take their second consecutive game from the New Yorkers. The 46-year-old left-hander struck out one and walked one before leaving with one out in the seventh.

He retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced before Alex Cora ended the no-hit bid with a single in the fourth.

The World Series champions won back-to-back home games for the first time since late May. Philadelphia was 13-22 at home, the third-worst mark in baseball, before beginning the series with a win over the Mets on Friday.

"It's been a long time," Jimmy Rollins, who drove in two runs with a fourth-inning double, told reporters.

Philadelphia leads the Florida Marlins by a game in the NL East. The Mets and Atlanta Braves are three games back.

The Phillies scored their opening run on a sacrifice fly by Jayson Werth in the first and Rollins made it a 3-0 game with his extra-base hit to deep right field.

Losing pitcher Fernando Nieve (3-2) drove in the Mets' only run with a single in the fifth.

Shane Victorino, who added the Phillies' final run with a single in the sixth, and Pedro Feliz both had three hits.

A series of mistakes in the sixth inning, including a missed pop-up and a dropped foul fly ball, also hurt the Mets.

"Right now, I think we're the worst defensive team in the league," said Cora, who had three of New York's six hits.

Manager Jerry Manuel said the poor defensive play made it difficult for the Mets to win.

"When we struggle defensively and with where we are as an offensive club, it's tough for us at this point," Manuel said.

"Very tough."

In San Diego, Manny Ramirez's first home run since returning from a doping ban wasn't enough to help the Los Angeles Dodgers overcome the San Diego Padres, who won 7-4.

Ramirez homered in his second game and fifth plate appearance back. It was his seventh homer of the season and 534th of his career, tying Jimmie Foxx for 16th on the all-time list. Up next is Mickey Mantle with 536.

Also, it was: Reds 5, Cardinals 2; Brewers 11, Cubs 2; Giants 9, Astros 0; Marlins 5, Pirates 3; Diamondbacks 11, Rockies 7; and Nationals 5, Braves 3.

In the American League, Chris Woodward's bases-loaded pop up in the ninth inning dropped behind a partially drawn-in infield, scoring the go-ahead run that lifted Seattle 3-2 over Boston.

Seattle capitalized on Boston pitcher Takashi Saito's wildness for the winning rally. Saito walked the bases loaded with one out before Woodward's pop up, which scored the runner from third easily.

Elsewhere, it was: Rangers 12, Rays 4; Twins 4, Tigers 3; Angels 11, Orioles 4; Royals 6, White Sox 4; and Indians 5, Athletics 2.


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