Howard homers, Moyer wins again for Phillies
Moyer overcame the three homers he gave up in the second and Ryan Howard hit a two-run shot for the Philadelphia Phillies in a 9-5 victory over Milwaukee on Friday night.
"That's a lot of chances out there. You can't give up 500 in 600 at-bats, can you?" said Moyer, behind Jay-Z's remix of "Forever Young" playing in the background. "I've thrown a few innings in my career — hits, home runs, walks, strikeouts, errors.
"I don't really keep track of it all, but you guys seem to be able to do a pretty good job of that."
All joking aside, Moyer (5-2) continued his dazzling start, only struggling briefly when Prince Fielder, Jim Edmonds and George Kottaras all hit solo homers in the second to tie the game 3-all.
That pushed Moyer to 501 home runs allowed, second only to Robin Roberts (505) from 1948-66. After Moyer, the list includes Fergie Jenkins (484), Phil Niekro (482) and Don Sutton (472) — all Hall of Famers.
Moyer improved to 263-197 in his 24-year career for a .571 winning percentage that's better than all of them.
"He surprises me every time he goes out," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "I've seen him his whole career and he's the same guy, really. I see the same guy I saw 15, 20 years ago. Seriously."
Raul Ibanez hit a solo homer and Shane Victorino drove in two with a triple in the fourth off Randy Wolf (3-3) to give the Phillies a 6-3 lead and Chase Utley's solo homer in the ninth sealed it. Philadelphia has won nine of 12.
Philadelphia wore out its welcome in Colorado against the Rockies earlier this week after allegations of sign stealing when their bullpen coach was caught by TV cameras using binoculars. The issue dominated the stay that included two rainouts.
But there's no place for visitors like Miller Park this season, where the Brewers are used to being hospitable hosts. Milwaukee, wearing its 1970s retro uniforms, fell to a majors-worst 4-12 at home.
"It's just how it is. Unfortunately, it's always the offense that gets blamed," Fielder said. "I think we have to keep doing what we're doing. We scored five runs tonight. Tomorrow, hopefully, we get more than they do."
Moyer followed up his shutout last Friday by holding Milwaukee's inconsistent offense to five runs.
"He keeps you in the game," Manuel said. "Doesn't matter what the score is. It seems like when we get in a close game, he'll keep you in a close game."
Fielder hit a 462-foot blast and Edmonds and Kottaras added homers in the second, only the second time in the left-hander's career he'd allowed three homers in an inning, according to STATS LLC.
Moyer went on to win that start on Sept. 9, 2007 against the Marlins. Milwaukee's sputtering offense that scores in bunches or not at all never figured him out again until chasing him with a single and two walks in the seventh.
Reliever David Herndon got a ground ball that could've been an inning-ending double play, but Utley's throw from second was wide right, allowing two runs to score to make it 8-5.
Wolf's solid start since signing a $29.75 million, three-year deal has turned into a miserable May. He's given up five homers and 13 runs over 16 innings in three starts this month.
Howard had been 1 of 9 against Wolf before his two-out homer in the first inning made it 2-0, and Wilson Valdez's RBI double in the second gave Philadelphia a 3-0 lead.
"I couldn't execute anything. I was behind everybody," Wolf said. "When you go against a lineup that is one of the best in the National League, you are definitely going to have a rough day. I did. No excuses, I was terrible."
NOTES: Milwaukee is 3-19 when scoring five runs or less. ... Phillies C Carlos Ruiz (right knee) was available only in an emergency. ... Brewers LF Ryan Braun (left elbow) returned to the lineup. ... Brewers Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker says he hopes to be back in the booth for home games sometime in June after heart surgery. ... Tests on Phillies closer Brad Lidge (right elbow inflammation) showed no structural damage to the surgically repaired joint.