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Moyer gets 250th win as Phillies sweep Nationals

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – 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 left-handed Moyer, 46, became the 46th Major League player to reach the milestone. Now 4-5, he had failed in his previous five attempts at the mark.

Moyer gave up three hits and one run in six innings. He struck out four and walked none.

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 originally 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.

His first long ball, in the fourth, closed the Philadelphia advantage to 2-1. He made it 3-2 in the seventh with another homer.

Philadelphia went ahead 3-1 in the fourth on Pedro Feliz’s fielder’s choice and completed the scoring in the seventh on Ryan Howard’s triple.

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

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Ed Osmond)