PHILADELPHIA — Jamie Moyer tied a record with his 505th homer allowed but that was his only blemish in eight crisp innings as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Moyer (8-6) limited the Tribe to just two hits while earning win No. 266, tying him with Bob Feller and Eppa Rixey for 35th on the career list. The 47-year-old left-hander recorded 14 of his 24 outs on ground balls.
Russell Branyan went deep for Cleveland in the second, hitting a long drive to the second deck in right to leave Moyer tied with Robin Roberts for most homers allowed all-time.
J.C. Romero relieved Moyer for the ninth but was replaced by Brad Lidge when the Indians put runners on first and second with one out. Lidge then struck out Austin Kearns and Jhonny Peralta, completing the three-hitter and earning his fifth save in six tries.
Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins came off the disabled list and went 0 for 4 in the leadoff spot. Rollins has been hampered by an injured right calf.
Mitch Talbot (7-6), coming off the worst start of his career, allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings for Cleveland. The rookie right-hander was tagged for eight runs and 13 hits over 5 2-3 innings in his last outing, an 8-4 loss to the Mets last Wednesday.
Philadelphia, which managed just four hits for the second straight game, got both of its runs in the first. Ryan Howard singled in Placido Polanco and Jayson Werth drove in Chase Utley with a sacrifice fly to center.
Branyan connected in the second, hitting a long drive to the second deck in right.
Trevor Crowe reached on an infield single in the sixth and Shin-Soo Choo singled in the ninth for Cleveland's other hits.
Moyer struck out five and walked one, improving to 3-1 in his last four games.
The Phillies almost had another run in the fourth but Raul Ibanez was called for interfering with Indians shortstop Anderson Hernandez on a double-play attempt. Shane Victorino beat Hernandez's throw to first and Werth crossed the plate, but second base umpire Sam Holbrook called Ibanez out for leaving the basepath, ending the inning.
Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel came out to argue and was ejected.
Rollins, a three-time Gold Glove winner, had a solid night in the field, including making a superb play on Kearns' second-inning grounder. He sprinted hard to his left to get the ball up the middle, wheeled, and made a strong throw to first that beat Kearns by a step.
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