The Phillies took a rare lead, and Jamie Moyer ran with it, in a 6-3 win over the Yankees. (Getty)
Summary: Five days after the worst start of his 24-year career, Moyer rebounded with an eight-inning, two-run undressing of the top offense in the league. The Phillies’ big blow came on a bases-loaded Shane Victorino triple, part of a four-run run second. Then in the third, Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth took A.J. Burnett the opposite way with back-to-back-jacks, the first time the Phillies have gone back-to-back since September of 2009 (Rollins/Francisco). Brad Lidge needed 31 pitches and brought the tying run to the plate before striking out Jorge Posada to close it.
Beerleaguer: Just a remarkable job by Moyer to erase the Boston debacle by locking down one of the hottest teams in baseball (the Mets are the hottest, although their winning streak has come at the expense of Baltimore and Cleveland). Ed Rapuano framed a favorable strikezone for Moyer to paint the canvas, something he wasn’t given by Paul Emmel in Boston. It’s just astonishing that we’re talking about a 47-year-old pitcher who underwent three offseason surgeries. Afterward, Moyer also credited Brian Schneider for calling a good game.
Offensively, it was great to see Howard and Werth stay with the pitch and take Burnett the opposite way, and Victorino’s triple, which snapped an 0-for-16, was just an excellent piece of timely hitting.
Two of the last three games have been crisp victories over powerhouse teams. It's gotta start somewhere.