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May 7, 2010 - 3:55 AM By SANTOSH VENKATARAMAN STATS Senior Writer

Atlanta (12-15) at Philadelphia (16-11), 7:05 p.m. EDT

The last time Jamie Moyer faced the Atlanta Braves, he turned in an outing that impressed his opponents - and losing starter Derek Lowe in particular.

Moyer and Lowe will square off for the second time this season Friday night when the Philadelphia Phillies host the Braves in the opener of a weekend series matching the best and worst teams in the NL East.

Philadelphia (17-11) took two of three at Atlanta from April 20-22, winning the series finale 8-3 as Moyer (3-2, 5.70 ERA) allowed two unearned runs over six innings. It marked the first time that the 47-year-old did not give up an earned run in 15 starts against the Braves (12-16).

"He's a good pitcher still," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "At his age, he still competes like crazy. He doesn't miss too many spots."

Lowe (4-2, 5.18) gave up five runs and six hits in five innings. He had been 6-0 with a 2.17 ERA in his previous nine starts against the Phillies.

The right-hander marveled at Moyer's performance.

"He knows how to pitch," Lowe said. "You look at the radar gun and you think there's no way, but he understands how to pitch."

Moyer showed his experience the way he handled Braves 20-year-old rookie right fielder Jason Heyward, who was 0 for 3. Moyer made his major league debut on June 16, 1986, more than three years before Heyward was born.

The Phillies left-hander has alternated wins and losses in his first five starts, pitching six innings every time. Moyer gave up five runs in an 11-5 win over the Mets on Sunday.

NL East-leading Philadelphia has won three straight, with its starters posting a 0.82 ERA in that span. Ace Roy Halladay gave up two runs over seven innings in a 7-2 victory over St. Louis on Thursday.

Like Moyer, the 36-year-old Lowe has yet to pitch past the sixth. Lowe yielded one run over five innings to earn a 7-1 victory over Houston and avoid a third straight loss Sunday.

Lowe is 4-0 with a 1.60 ERA in five career starts at Citizens Bank Park. Several Phillies have poor numbers against him, including Ryan Howard (5 for 28), Raul Ibanez (2 for 28), Shane Victorino (2 for 17) and Jayson Werth (2 for 13).

Werth is enjoying a strong homestand, going 12 for 26 with two homers and seven RBIs to help the Phillies win five of seven. He hit a three-run homer in Thursday's win.

The Braves were off to a good start after winning the opener of last month's series against the Phillies, but have lost 11 of 15 since. They lost two of three at Washington after falling 3-2 on Thursday.

Heyward was out of the starting lineup because of a sore right groin, but he delivered a game-tying, two-run single as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning. Cox said Heyward could start in this series.

Atlanta has lost nine of 10 on the road, but went 5-4 at Philadelphia last season.






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    O Infante ss 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .276
    M Prado 2b 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .319
    C Jones 3b 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .222
    T Glaus 1b 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 .242
    M Diaz lf 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .180
    D Ross c 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .231
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    May 7 9:26 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY WILSON VALDEZ SCORED RAUL IBANEZ AND RYAN HOWARD
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, W VALDEZ ON FIRST, C RUIZ ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 0
    PHILADELPHIA 7 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: J MOYER (.222, 0-FOR-2)

    Braves 0, Phillies 7  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 7 8:24 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RAUL IBANEZ SCORED CHASE UTLEY AND PLACIDO
    POLANCO
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R IBANEZ ON FIRST, R HOWARD ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 0
    PHILADELPHIA 5 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: C RUIZ (.319, 1-FOR-2)

    Braves 0, Phillies 5  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 7 8:22 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY JAYSON WERTH (6) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 3RD OFF DEREK LOWE SCORED RYAN HOWARD AND CHASE
    UTLEY.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 0, PHILADELPHIA 3
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: R IBANEZ (.247, 1-FOR-1)

    Braves 0, Phillies 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsMay 7 7:52 PM