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Moyer in command as Phils fry Fish

Moyer in command as Phils fry Fish
MIAMI - Lefthander Jamie Moyer continued his dominance over the Florida Marlins yesterday and gave the Phillies something they had not enjoyed this season in a 13-2 romp at Dolphin Stadium before a crowd of 17,177.

quot;I think they call one like that 'a laugher,' quot; said rightfielder Jayson Werth, quot;and it is the first one that we've had like it this year. We caught them on a downswing, and they had to face Jamie.quot;

Moyer (3-1, 5.09 ERA) scattered seven hits over six innings as the Phils abandoned the drama of their first eight wins, when they needed to come back. They led this one from the first inning on and handed the Marlins their sixth straight loss.

quot;It is all about command,quot; manager Charlie Manuel said of Moyer, quot;and he is not afraid to throw inside. He has a good feel for how to pitch. He knows how to slow the game down and then speed it up.quot;

The 46-year-old Moyer is 12-1 with a 2.84 ERA in his career against the Marlins. He is 7-0 at Dolphin Stadium and has allowed two earned runs or fewer in nine starts.

quot;I can't explain it,quot; Moyer said. quot;I don't know what it is, and if I did, I probably wouldn't tell you. The way the wind was blowing today helped my ball sink more.quot;

The Phils have scored 49 runs in the seventh inning or later, which leads the major leagues. They scored nine runs combined in the seventh and eighth yesterday to touch off the blowout.

Lefthander Graham Taylor, called up from double-A Jacksonville, made his first start for the Marlins. He walked six and gave up four runs in 32/3 innings. That was all the Phillies needed.

The Phillies walked 11 times. Bases-loaded walks accounted for two runs, and six walks turned into runs.

Shane Victorino, Chase Utley and Pedro Feliz combined for eight RBIs.

quot;It was good to get a comfortable lead for a change,quot; said Utley who has hit in 17 consecutive games against Florida. Raul Ibanez, who had a career average of .333 against the Marlins, has hit in 10 straight games against them.

To save their pitchers, the Marlins used lefthanded outfielder Cody Ross in the ninth inning. He allowed only an infield hit to Werth.

quot;If you walk 10 to 11 hitters, you aren't going to survive,quot; Moyer said.

It marked the first series sweep for the 9-8 Phillies , who extended their winning streak to three games. They are in second place, 11/2 games behind Florida.

quot;We need to take some of this momentum home,quot; Moyer said, quot;and continue to play good, consistent Baseball.quot;

The Phillies entered the series allowing an average of 6.2 runs per game and dropped that number to 5.6 as they allowed eight runs in three games.

quot;It has been a little better,quot; pitching coach Rich Dubee said, quot;but we are still giving up too many home runs.quot;

Moyer and relievers Chad Durbin and J.A. Happ did not allow a homer, a first this season for the Phillies . The staff had set a major-league record by allowing homers in 16 games to start the season.

quot;Woo-hoo!quot; Moyer said. quot;I will sleep better tonight.quot;

Manuel also will sleep better if his pitching continues to improve.

quot;Pitching is the key,quot; Manuel said. quot;We don't have any starter, except Cole [Hamels], who can strike out eight or 10. Our guys have to hit spots and have good command. If we pitch good, we are going to win games.quot;

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