ATLANTA — Every 20 years or so, Jamie Moyer beats the Braves. He was right on schedule Friday night.
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 8-3 to open a weekend series.
Moyer’s win came 20 years and two days after the only other time he beat the Braves. On May 23, 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.
CINCINNATI — Ronny Paulino’s bases-loaded double highlighted the Pirates’ biggest rally in nearly three years, an eight-run splurge in the 10th inning that set up a victory over Cincinnati.
The Pirates overcame Ken Griffey Jr.’s 574th career homer by sending 12 batters to the plate in the 10th inning and repeatedly delivering with the bases loaded, one of their biggest shortcomings so far this season.
Chris Duffy’s sacrifice fly off closer David Weathers (1-3) snapped a 2-all tie and started the latest failure by one of the NL’s worst bullpens. The Reds fell to 0-9 when the score is tied after seven innings.
MIAMI — Carlos Gomez scored the go-ahead run on an error in the ninth inning, and Carlos Beltran’s two-run double broke the game open to help New York win.
The Mets’ Orlando Hernandez, making his first start since April 24, allowed two hits and walked none in six shutout innings. Florida’s Sergio Mitre was just as good until New York scored in the eighth when second baseman Dan Uggla bobbled a two-out broken-bat grounder.
With the score 1-all, Carlos Delgado walked to start the Mets’ ninth against Renyel Pinto (0-2). Pinch runner Gomez stole second and took third on a bloop single by Paul Lo Duca.
ST. LOUIS — Brian Schneider homered, Micah Bowie won as a starting pitcher for the first time in more than seven years and Washington won its fourth straight game.
Schneider’s second-inning homer was his third of the year and second in three games for the Nationals, who ended the Cardinals’ three-game winning streak.