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Senior circuit: Glavine outduels Moyer

Associated Press • Apr 13, 2007 at 12:06 PM

NEW YORK - Tom Glavine emerged from the oldest matchup of left-handed starters in major league history with his 292nd win.

Other than a pair of Jimmy Rollins homers, Glavine pretty much shut down the Phillies in a 5-3 victory over Philadelphia and Jamie Moyer on Thursday night.

Jose Reyes hit a two-run, fourth-inning single that turned a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead, and Moises Alou had three hits.

Glavine (2-1) allowed three runs and four hits, struck out four, walked three and helped out with two important sacrifices. The defending NL East champion Mets took two of three in their first series against Philadelphia, which finished second last year and is looking for bigger things this season.

Alou scored in the second inning when third baseman Wes Helms threw wildly to first on Glavine's bunt down the line. Glavine's second sacrifice advanced runners to second and third in the fourth, and Reyes followed with his go-ahead hit,

Billy Wagner got three outs for his second save and the 326th of his career, tying Roberto Hernandez for 10th on the career list.

Rollins, who boasted in spring training that the Phillies were the team to beat in the NL East, drove in three runs as the Shea Stadium crowd continued to boo him every time he came to the plate.

Jamie Moyer (1-1) allowed four runs, three earned, and four hits in six innings for the Phillies, who have lost seven of their first nine.

Moyer and Glavine hooked up in the oldest matchup of lefty starters (85 years, 163 days) in major league history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Yankees' Tommy John and White Sox pitcher Jerry Reuss on May 2, 1988, were the previous record holders (83 years, 299 days).

ATLANTA - The Nationals took a lead during a game - and won it, too.

Ronnie Belliard hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning off John Smoltz, and Washington stopped a six-game losing streak.

Ryan Zimmerman also hit an RBI single for the Nationals (2-8), who had never before led a game this year at the time a pitch was thrown. Their only previous win was April 4, when Dmitri Young hit a game-ending single that capped a three-run ninth inning in a 7-6 victory over visiting Florida.

Washington has been outscored 61-23 this season and hasn't scored during the first three innings of any game.

Jason Bergmann struck out a career-high eight in six innings, allowing just one hit - a leadoff double in the fourth by Andruw Jones. Bergmann, who walked four, lasted just 3 2-3 innings against Arizona in his previous start.

Jesus Colome (1-0) pitched a perfect seventh, Jon Rauch had a 1-2-3 eighth and Chad Cordero finished the two-hitter for his first save.

Smoltz (1-1) gave up four hits and four walks - two intentional - in eight innings, striking out six.

Atlanta had won its previous four games.

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