Moyer takes another shot at milestone

Moyer takes another shot at milestone

PHILADELPHIA -- Nationals starter John Lannan was 21 months old when Jamie Moyer picked up his first big league "W."

On Sunday afternoon, the veteran Phillies lefty will try, for the sixth time, to become the 46th member of baseball's 250-win club -- with only Lannan and his Washington teammates standing in the way at Citizens Bank Park.

Moyer has been stuck on 249 victories since April 26, dropping four straight starts.

But while he was knocked around by the Mets and Dodgers, the 46-year-old Moyer looked and felt better in his past two outings. He allowed three runs in six innings during a 5-1 loss to the Reds and four runs in six innings during Monday's 5-3 loss to the Marlins -- considerable improvement, given his 7.42 season ERA.

"I feel like I'm back to where I need to be," Moyer said after Monday's start. "The final result's not there. It's a work in progress."

Over his 23-year career, Moyer is 12-4 with a 2.96 ERA against the Nationals/Expos franchise.

Pitching matchup
PHI: LHP Jamie Moyer (3-5, 7.42 ERA)
Moyer is winless in his past five starts, which included Monday's loss to the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. Moyer, who entered Monday with a 12-1 record against Florida, allowed four runs in six innings to take the loss. Moyer is 0-4 with a 9.62 ERA in his past five starts. Moyer allowed eight hits and four runs in six innings in a 9-8 victory over the Nationals on April 13 at Nationals Park.

WSH: LHP John Lannan (2-4, 4.11 ERA)
On Monday, Lannan was solid for the first five innings, but a Gary Sheffield home run proved costly, and the Nationals lost to the Mets, 5-2. The game was tied at 1 when New York took the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. After Luis Castillo led off with a double and Carlos Beltran walked, Sheffield came to the plate, swung at the first pitch and hit a three-run homer over the left-field wall. Lannan ended up pitching five-plus innings and gave up five runs. He walked four batters, and three of them scored.

Ryan Howard's grand slam Saturday night -- his third of the season and franchise-best eighth of his career -- was only the second ball to reach the third deck in right field in Citizens Bank Park history. Howard also hit the first one, a three-run shot off the Yankees' Mike Mussina on June 20, 2006. ... When they hit at least one home run, the Phillies are 21-14 this season. ... Philadelphia is a season-high seven games over .500.

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Up next
• Monday: Phillies (Joe Blanton, 3-3, 6.14) at Padres (Kevin Correia, 1-3, 5.11), 10:05 p.m. ET
• Tuesday: Phillies (Antonio Bastardo, Major League debut) at Padres (Jake Peavy, 5-5, 3.67), 10:05 p.m. ET
• Wednesday: Phillies (J.A. Happ, 3-0, 3.00) at Padres (Chris Young, 4-3, 4.45), 10:05 p.m. ET

David Gurian-Peck is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.