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Burrell’s homer enough for Moyer

SAN DIEGO - The Chicago Cubs took Greg Maddux in the second round of the 1984 June amateur draft.

SAN DIEGO - The Chicago Cubs took Greg Maddux in the second round of the 1984 June amateur draft.

They drafted Jamie Moyer four rounds later.

These two age-defying veterans faced each other Friday night at Petco Park, with Moyer pitching a little bit better than Maddux in a 1-0 victory over the San Diego Padres.

The win snapped the Phillies' four-game losing streak and kept them one game behind the New York Mets in the National League East.

Moyer, 45, allowed three hits and two walks in seven shutout innings. Maddux, 42, gave up five hits and the run in seven innings.

This was the second time these former teammates have faced each other.

Could they face each other next year?

"I don't know if he's going to play," Moyer said. "I am."

It was Moyer's 241st career win, which moves him into a tie for 51st place in baseball history with Herb Pennock. Maddux remains stuck on 353, one short of Roger Clemens for eighth place.

"I think the Cubs wanted to make him a coach when he was about 28," Maddux said. "He said, 'No, thanks.' I'll try on with another team."

The Phillies scored their second run in 23 innings when Pat Burrell hit a 1-1 pitch from Maddux over the left-field wall in the seventh inning. It was Burrell's 28th homer of the season, and his first since Aug. 1.

Burrell entered Friday night hitting just .074 (2 for 27) with one RBI in his previous nine games, and just .174 (12 for 69) with two homers and nine RBIs in his previous 21 games.

His problems have been only part of the Phillies' offensive woes. They are hitting .190 (31 for 163) in the first five games of this seven-game trip through Los Angeles and San Diego. They have hit .199 (58 for 292) and averaged just 3.0 runs per game in their last nine games, in which they went 3-6 to fall out of first place in the division.

But because of Moyer, the offensive troubles didn't matter. He has allowed three or fewer runs in each of his last 13 starts. That's the best streak for a Phillies starter since Chris Short allowed three or fewer in 23 consecutive starts in 1967.

Moyer is 5-4 with a 2.77 ERA (25 earned runs in 811/3 innings) in that 13-start span.

He and Maddux "signed together," Moyer said. "Spring training together. Instructional league together. We never played together until [double-A] Pittsfield in '86. We played a little bit there. The rest is pretty much history."