Jamie Moyer's 250th victory will have to wait thanks to a couple of big hits by former Phillies Wes Helms and Ronny Paulino.
Helms' three-run homer in the fourth and RBI single in the seventh, along with Paulino's RBI knock in the sixth, accounted for Florida's scoring and gave Chris Volstad (4-3) all the runs he needed in a strong 6 2-3 inning effort. For the Phils, Jamie Moyer, who hasn't won since April 26, pitched a passable six innings and gave the Phillies a chance to win, getting squeezed on a 2-2 pitch before Helms hit it into the seats. Moyer finished with four earned runs, seven hits, two walks and five strikeouts, pitching a clean game until fourth.
Moyer deserves less blame than an offense that couldn't get it started. A pair of Ryan Howard homers, including a two-run shot in the first, was all the scoring they could muster. Jayson Werth, in particular, suddenly finds himself in a 2-for-25 slump and hitless in his last three games.
The game included some questionable choices by the home team, including Shane Victorino's attempted steal in the ninth with the tying run at the plate in the form of fastball mutilator Matt Stairs. Afterward, Charlie Manuel called Vic's decision "a mistake." He also had no good answer as to why Paulino received a pitch to hit with the pitcher on deck.
Beerleaguer: After an airtight road trip, tonight was right in line with the low standards the Phils have set at home this season. With the loss, they fell to 8-13 in Philadelphia.