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250 up for Moyer as Phillies seal a sweep

The veteran pitcher Jamie Moyer won his 250th game when the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 to complete a three-game sweep on Sunday.

The veteran pitcher Jamie Moyer won his 250th game when the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 to complete a three-game sweep on Sunday. After failing in five previous attempts, the left-handed Moyer, 46, finally reached the milestone after giving up three hits and one run in six innings. He struck out four and walked none. "I really haven't thought about it," said Moyer (4-5).

"I've been taught to play the game as a team and not as an individual. "That's really how I approach things." At 46 years and 194 days, he becomes the oldest pitcher to win his 250th game. Only Atlanta's Tom Glavine (305), who is on the disabled list, and San Francisco's Randy Johnson (299) have more wins among current players. Cy Young holds the record for most Major League wins with 511. The loss was the sixth consecutive for the Nationals (13-36), who have the worst record in the Major Leagues.

The Phillies top the NL East with a 28-20 record. Philadelphia built a 2-0 lead on Chase Utley's run-scoring double in the first and a solo home run by Chris Coste in the second. Shane Victorino was called out at home on Utley's double but the call was reserved when the third-base umpire pointed out Washington catcher Josh Bard had dropped the ball and had tagged Victorino with an empty glove. Josh Willingham twice homered to bring Washington within a run.

Washington's John Lannan (2-5) struck out seven in five innings but he gave up four hits and three runs and walked four. * Reuters