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Moyer wins 250th as Phillies sweep Nats

VETERAN pitcher Jamie Moyer won his 250th game when the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 to complete a three-game sweep on Sunday.

After failing in five previous attempts, the left-handed Moyer (4-5) finally reached the milestone after giving up three hits and one run in six innings. He struck out four and walked none.

"I really haven't thought about it," the 46-year-old Moyer said.

"For me, it takes so much effort to prepare and to play," the 23-season major leaguer said. "I've been taught to play the game as a team and not as an individual. That's really how I approach things."

At 46 years and 194 days, he becomes the oldest pitcher to win his 250th game, according to the Major League Baseball Website. He is the 44th player to win 250 games.

Only Atlanta's Tom Glavine (305), who is currently on the disabled list, and San Francisco's Randy Johnson (299) have more wins among current players. Cy Young holds the record for most MLB wins with 511.

"It's hard to believe, because you just don't see it that often from guys so late in their career, post-30 or 35 (years old)," Brad Lidge, who recorded his 12th save of the season.

The loss was the sixth straight for the Nationals (13-36), who have the worst record in the major leagues.

The Phillies top the National League East with a 28-20 record.

Elsewhere in the NL, it was: Mets 3, Marlins 2; Astros 2, Pirates 1; Brewers 5, Reds 2; Padres 5, Rockies 2; Giants 5, Cardinals 3; Braves 9, Diamondbacks 3; and Dodgers 8, Cubs 2.

In the American League, it was: Indians 5, Yankees 4; Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 2; Tigers 3, Orioles 0; Twins 3, Rays 2; White Sox 7, Royals 4; Athletics 5, Rangers 4; and Angels 9, Mariners 8.

In Philadelphia, the Phillies built a 2-0 lead on Chase Utley's run-scoring double in the first and a home run by Chris Coste in the second.

Shane Victorino originally was called out at home on Utley's double but the call was reversed when the third-base umpire pointed out Washington catcher Josh Bard had dropped the ball and had tagged Victorino with an empty glove.

Josh Willingham homered twice to bring Washington within a run.

His first long ball, in the fourth, closed the Philadelphia advantage to 2-1. He made it 3-2 in the seventh with another homer.

Philadelphia went ahead 3-1 in the fourth on Pedro Feliz's fielder's choice and capped the scoring in the seventh on Ryan Howard's triple.

Washington's John Lannan (2-5) struck out seven in five innings but gave up four hits and three runs.


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