May 8, 2010 / 11:46 AM / 10 years ago

Moyer becomes oldest pitcher to throw MLB shutout

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jamie Moyer delivers a pitch to the New York Mets during the first inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 2, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer became the oldest man to throw a shutout in Major League Baseball (MLB) when he threw a two-hitter in a 7-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday.

At 47 years and 170 days, Moyer eclipsed the previous record set by Phil Niekro, who was 46 and 188 days old when he led the Cleveland Indians to victory against the Minnesota Twins in 1987.

“Cool,” a surprisingly subdued Moyer told reporters who informed him of his achievement. “Just doing my job.”

Moyer threw 105 pitches in front of a sellout crowd at Citizens Bank Park, striking out five Braves en route to improving his season record to 4-2.

Writing by Patrick Johnston in Singapore; Editing by Clare Fallon

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