Phillies done in by Dodgers, 10-3

Jamie Moyer was ineffective, giving up 10 runs in 5-plus innings. Los Angeles' Brad Penny gave up just 4 hits and fanned 8.

Posted: July 17, 2007

LOS ANGELES - Jamie Moyer has made 537 starts in his big-league career.

Few have been worse than last night.

He allowed 10 runs in 5 1/3 innings in a 10-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. It was Moyer's worst start since Aug. 9, 2000, against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, where he allowed 13 hits and 11 runs in 3 2/3 innings, and the third time in his career he has allowed 10 or more earned runs in a start.

"This just goes in the whole pile with all of them," Moyer said. "Good ones. Bad ones. Tomorrow is another day. The sun will come up in California, right? That's baseball. I'm not going to go home and cry about it. It makes no sense. I've been in this game too long. One game doesn't make a season."

He paused.

"If you say that enough it does."

The Phillies turn to rookie J.D. Durbin (0-2, 13.50 ERA) Tuesday. Rookie Kyle Kendrick (4-0, 3.82 ERA) closes the series Wednesday afternoon. Cole Hamels (11-4, 3.83 ERA) pitches Thursday in San Diego and Adam Eaton (8-6, 5.98 ERA) pitches Friday against the Padres.

There's not a lot of consistency in that rotation right now.

Moyer dropped to 7-8 with a 4.99 ERA.

He is 0-3 with a 10.06 ERA in his last three starts.

Manuel said before the game that perhaps the Phillies pushed Moyer too much early in the season while the bullpen struggled. Moyer, 44, threw 100 or more pitches in five of his first six starts.

Could it be catching up to him?

Moyer said that's not the case at all.

Manuel afterward said fatigue wasn't a factor in Moyer's effort. Moyer didn't think so, either.

"I threw some decent pitches that they hit and I threw a couple bad pitches that they didn't hit," Moyer said. "Obviously, the score makes it a lot worse. I know what I did. I know what they did. It's a matter of making good pitches when you need to."

It's hard to remember, but the Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Jimmy Rollins walked, stole second, moved to third on a throwing error from catcher Russell Martin and scored on Chase Utley's single to left.

It wouldn't last long.

The Dodgers scored three runs in the bottom of the first to make it 3-1. That inning started when Rafael Furcal's fly ball dropped in front of left fielder Pat Burrell. It went downhill from there.

Jeff Kent hit a three-run home run to left in the third to make it 6-1 and Matt Kemp's three-run homer in the sixth made it 10-1.

The Phillies tacked on a couple meaningless runs in the eighth.

This certainly isn't the way the Phillies wanted to start a tough seven-game road trip in Los Angeles and San Diego. The Dodgers and Padres are the two best pitching teams in the National League, so there will be no easy days ahead.

Those days will become even more daunting with poor pitching.

"We need Durbin to give us a good outing," Manuel said.


Contact staff writer Todd Zolecki at 215-854-4874 or tzolecki@phillynews.com. Read his blog at  http://go.philly.com/zozone.

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