Philadelphia Roughs Up A.J. Burnett, Defeats Yankees, 6-3

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Moyer A Winner As Phillies Even Series

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) – Jamie Moyer threw eight strong innings to help the Philadelphia Phillies take a 6-3 win over the New York Yankees in the second installment of a three-game interleague set.

Exactly 24 years to the day since his major-league debut, Moyer (7-6) bounced back from his previous start, which saw him give up nine runs and nine hits in just one-plus inning of work to the Red Sox last Friday. In this game, he was charged with just two runs on three hits with a walk and five strikeouts.

Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth each hit solo home runs while Shane Victorino added a three-run triple for the Phillies, who had dropped four of five coming into the contest.

Robinson Cano and Jorge Posada each hit solo home runs for the Yankees, who had a nine-game home winning streak snapped. A.J. Burnett (6-5) was tagged for six runs on six hits with four walks and three strikeouts in just 3 1/3 innings of work in last year’s World Series rematch.

The Phils plated four men in the second to take the lead. With one out, Raul Ibanez walked and stole second. Greg Dobbs then singled to bring Ibanez home. Brian Schneider worked a walk and Wilson Valdez hit an infield single off of Burnett before Victorino punched a triple to center for a 4-0 lead.

Cano got one back in the second with his 14th home run of the season, a shot to right, but the Phils answered in the third on back-to-back solo homers from Howard and Werth for a 6-1 lead.

Posada clubbed a 3-2 pitch over the wall in left in the fifth inning to make it a 6-2 game.

Moyer set the Yanks down in order in the sixth and got Cano to ground into a double play to end the seventh inning.

In the eighth, Moyer gave up a two-out infield single to Kevin Russo, but then got Brett Gardner to fly out to shallow right to end the inning.

In the ninth, Brad Lidge gave up a two-out walk to Mark Teixeira followed by an RBI double from Alex Rodriguez to make it a three-run game. Cano then singled to right to bring the tying run to the plate, but Lidge struck out Posada to close the victory.

Moyer has now given up 504 home runs in his career, just one shy of Robin Roberts for most all-time in baseball history…Rodriguez was back in the lineup after sitting out the previous four games with tendinitis in his right hip flexor…The Phils improved to 3-5 in interleague play this year while the Yanks fell to 5-3…Burnett has lost his last three starts. He fell to 5-9 in 18 games (17 starts) against the Phillies in his career…Moyer is now 11-9 in 37 games (35 starts) against the Yankees…Phillies manager Charlie Manuel recorded his 700th win.


Yankees Look For 2nd Straight Victory Over Phillies Tonight

(Sports Network) - The last time A.J. Burnett faced the Philadelphia Phillies he could not get out of the third inning. He will certainly need a better effort tonight if he intends on halting a personal two-game losing streak in the middle test of the New York Yankees' three-game set with the Phillies at Yankee Stadium.

After pitching one of the best games of his career in Game 2 of last year's World Series, Burnett was rocked in Game 5 for six runs on four hits and four walks in just two-plus innings of work.

Burnett has been wildly inconsistent this season, going 6-4 with a 3.86 earned run average. He has lost his last two starts, allowing 10 runs and 14 hits -- four home runs -- in 12 2/3 innings. The lowly Baltimore Orioles got the best of him on Thursday, reaching Burnett for four runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.

For his career Burnett is just 5-8 against the Phils with a 4.75 ERA in 17 games (16 starts).

New York jumped all over Roy Halladay in the opener of this set on Tuesday, as Nick Swisher's two-run homer was one of three allowed by the Phillies' ace in the Yankees' 8-3 win.

In last year's Fall Classic, the Yankees downed the Phillies in six games to capture their 27th world title, ending a nine-year drought.

Brett Gardner hit a two-run triple while Francisco Cervelli drove in a pair of runs for the Yankees, who have won four straight and seven of their last eight. Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira also homered in the win.

CC Sabathia (7-3) won his third straight start as he went seven innings and was charged with three runs on five hits with three walks and seven strikeouts for New York, which has won nine straight home games.

Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez and Ben Francisco each drove in a run for the Phillies, who have dropped four of their last five. Halladay (8-5) was tagged with the loss as he was roughed up for six runs on eight hits with a pair of walks and five strikeouts over six innings of work.

"I knew I was missing [my spots] and I wasn't getting away with many of them," Halladay said. "They're a good team. They don't chase a lot of bad pitches."

Philadelphia will turn to veteran lefty Jamie Moyer tonight. Kyle Kendrick was slated to start, but instead he will go in Thursday's finale. Moyer, meanwhile, will be trying to bounce back from a horrific outing in Boston on Friday that saw him surrender nine runs and nine hits in one-plus inning of work. The loss dropped him to 6-6 on the year, while ballooning his ERA to 5.03.

Moyer has faced the Yankees 36 times (34 starts) and is 10-9 with a 4.78 ERA against them.

The 47-year-old may have to contend with three-time AL MVP Alex Rodriguez, who missed his fourth straight game on Tuesday, but could be back in the lineup this evening.

The Phillies took two of three at Yankee Stadium during interleague play last season, but are just 2-5 versus the AL this season. New York is 5-2 against the Senior Circuit this season.

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