Moyer becomes oldest pitcher to throw a shutout

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Friday, May 7, 2010; 11:14 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- This ol' man has plenty left in his pitching arm.

Forty-seven-year-old Jamie Moyer tossed a two-hitter to become the oldest player in major league history to throw a shutout, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 7-0 on Friday night.

The Phillies confirmed the feat by Moyer, who accomplished it at 47 years, 170 days old. Phil Niekro was the previous oldest at 46 years, 188 days when he tossed a four-hitter for the New York Yankees against Toronto on Oct. 6, 1986.

"Cool, just doing my job," Moyer said when told of the accomplishment.

Moyer (4-2) struck out five and faced one batter over the minimum to earn his 262nd career victory. The soft-tossing left-hander baffled Atlanta's hitters with an assortment of low-80s fastballs and pinpoint control.

He allowed leadoff singles to Troy Glaus in the second and eighth innings. It was Moyer's 10th career shutout and 32nd complete game.

"Jamie carved us tonight," Chipper Jones said. "The guy is 87 years old and he's still pitching for a reason. He stays off the barrel. He changes speeds, changes the game plan and keeps you guessing." Derek Lowe (4-3) allowed seven runs and 11 hits in five innings for the Braves.

Moyer has tossed two other two-hitters in his 23-year career. His first came at Montreal on Aug. 16, 1986, while he was with the Chicago Cubs. He later did it with Seattle against Kansas City on June 2, 2006.

"I changed speeds pretty well, kept the ball down and got ahead in counts," Moyer said.

Jayson Werth hit a three-run homer for the two-time defending NL champion Phillies, who have won four in a row and six of seven.

Lowe was 6-1 against the Phillies before this season, but is 0-2 with a 9.90 ERA against them in his last two starts.

Moyer pitched six innings in each of his first five starts and has been inconsistent since last year. He lost his job in the starting rotation when the Phillies signed Pedro Martinez last July. Moyer beat out Kyle Kendrick in spring training for the No. 5 spot.


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