ATLANTA (AP) -- Every 20 years or so, Jamie Moyer beats the
Braves. He was right on schedule tonight.
Greg Dobbs snapped a tie with a two-run single in the seventh
inning and Ryan Howard padded the lead with a two-run double in the
eighth as Moyer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat Atlanta 8-to-3
open a weekend series.
Moyer's win came 20 years and two days after the only other time
he beat the Braves. On May 23rd, 1987, Moyer earned the win in
relief as the Cubs beat the Braves in Chicago.
The 44-year-old Moyer had never won in Atlanta and had lost six
straight decisions to the Braves before giving up five hits and
three runs, two earned, in seven innings. Moyer (5-3) walked one
and had four strikeouts.
Braves shortstop Edgar Renteria and manager Bobby Cox were
ejected in the fourth inning by home plate umpire Paul Emmel.
Renteria was unusually forceful in arguing a called third strike.
Cox joined the argument and was tossed.
The ejection was the 129th of Cox's career and his fourth of the
season. He is only two behind John McGraw's record of 131.
Atlanta's Tim Hudson (5-3) threw 122 pitches while giving up ten
hits and five runs in six and two-thirds innings. He issued three
walks -- two intentional -- and had three strikeouts.
Moyer led 3-to-1 before a throwing error by Howard helped the
Braves pull even in the sixth inning.