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Moyer brilliant in relief of Pedro

PHILADELPHIA – Jamie Moyer pitched six scoreless innings in relief Pedro Martinez, who took Moyer’s spot in the starting rotation, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-1, Tuesday night.

A 66-minute rain delay ruined Martinez’s home debut with the Phillies. The three-time Cy Young Award winner allowed one run in three innings in his second start since returning to the majors. Martinez struck out three and retired the last eight batters he faced, but he didn’t return to the game after the long delay.

“It was a fun night,” Martinez said. “You never know what you’re going to get when you put two old goats out there. I enjoyed it.”

Pitching in a steady rain, Moyer (11-9) gave up two singles and struck out five during his first relief appearance in five years. He also chipped in with two hits. The 46-year-old left-hander was upset last week when he was demoted to the bullpen to make room for Martinez.

“I went out and did what I set forth to do, got them to put the ball in play and relied on my defense,” Moyer said.

Jayson Werth hit his career-best 25th homer, and Carlos Ruiz also connected, helping the NL East-leading Phillies win for the sixth time in seven games.

Diamondbacks starter Jon Garland (6-11) allowed five runs and 11 hits in 5 innings.

Moyer hadn’t appeared in relief since June 24, 2004, when he entered during the 15th inning of the Seattle Mariners’ 9-7 loss to Texas in 18 innings. Moyer hasn’t pitched regularly out of the bullpen since 1996 with the Boston Red Sox.

Moyer leads the Phillies’ pitching staff in wins, but he posted a 5.47 ERA in 22 starts. Despite his age, the Phillies gave Moyer a $13 million, two-year contract last December after he recorded a team-high 16 wins.

Moyer lashed out against management after his demotion, and he took some heat on talk radio and in newspapers for his critical comments. But fans cheered loudly when Moyer took the mound, and they roared when he advanced to third on a fly out during the fourth.

Martinez signed a one-year contract with the Phillies last month after going 5-6 with a 5.61 ERA for the Mets last year. He made three minor league rehab assignments while recovering from a strained shoulder and earned a victory in his first start against the Chicago Cubs last week.

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