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Phillies' Moyer throws two-hit shutout in win over Braves

Forty-seven-year-old Jamie Moyer threw a two-hitter, Jayson Werth hit a three-run homer and the Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves, 7-0, on Friday night in Philadelphia.

Moyer became the oldest player to toss a shutout since at least 1952, according to STATS LLC. Phil Niekro was 46 years, 188 days when he tossed a four-hitter for the Yankees against Toronto on Oct. 6, 1986. Moyer is 47 years, 170 days.

Moyer (4-2) struck out five and faced one batter over the minimum to earn his 262nd career victory. It was the 10th career shutout for the lefthander. The Phillies have won four in a row and six of seven.

Marlins 4, Nationals 2

Gaby Sanchez hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning and visiting Florida snapped a three-game skid.

Big debut for Strasburg

Stephen Strasburg allowed one hit and no runs in six innings for the Syracuse Chiefs in his first game in the International League on Friday night. He threw 65 pitches, 45 for strikes, against the Gwinnett Braves, striking out six and walking one, and left with a 3-0 lead. The Chiefs won, 7-0.

Strasburg went 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA in five starts with Double-A Harrisburg, striking out an Eastern League-high 27.

Cubs prospect Stan Castro made also his big-league debut Friday night a memorable one. The 20-year-old shortstop hit a three-run homer off Cincinnati's Homer Bailey in his first at-bat, making him the sixth player in Cubs history to connect his first time up.

Three innings later, Castro hit a bases-loaded triple to the gap in right-center, sliding headfirst into the record books again. The six RBIs were the most for any player in a modern-day debut. Four others had five RBIs, most recently Ben Grieve in 1997.

In Minnesota, rain forced the Twins to postpone their game against Baltimore. It's the first rainout at the team's new Target Field, and the first rainout of a Twins home game since Sept. 20, 1980, at the old Metropolitan Stadium. The game will be made up Saturday in a day-night doubleheader. - AP

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