PHILADELPHIA - JULY 24: Starting pitcher Roy Halladay #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch during a game against the San Diego Padres at Citizens Bank Park on July 24, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
The heat was no match for Roy Halladay on Sunday afternoon, as the right-hander went eight strong innings against the San Diego Padres to notch his 12th win of the season. It was a much different pitcher than the one that pitched last Monday in Chicago, where he was pulled only after giving up three runs in four innings, due largely to the intense heat on the field at Wrigley.
Doc toed the rubber to see the Phillies through their seventh straight win over San Diego this season, but it wasn't so easy in the first inning against the light hitting Padres, as they got on the board in the top of the first, thanks to a leadoff single from Cameron Maybin, who would later come around to score on an RBI single from Chase Headley.
The Phillies, who have been bringing out the bats lately, got the runs right back in the bottom of the frame, thanks to a pair of two-out hits – a single from Shane Victorino that scored Chase Utley from third, and a double from Raul Ibanez that brought home Ryan Howard. They added two more in the bottom of the third, courtesy of an RBI single from Ibanez and a two-RBI double from Carlos Ruiz, to make it a 5-1 game.
The Padres got a little help from the opposition in the top of the fourth, as a Ryan Howard error with one away led to a pair of runs in the inning, narrowing the Phils' lead to two runs.
It was more than enough of a lead for Halladay, who made quick work of the Padres the rest of the way to go eight strong innings, where he struck out eight while only walking one. He handed things off to Antonio Bastardo, who took the hill in the ninth and slammed the door to earn his 8th save of the season.
With this win, the Phillies notched their 64th of the season, which is their second best start through their first 100 games in franchise history.
The Phillies will be going for the sweep of the wraparound series on Monday afternoon, when Cliff Lee (9-6, 2.83) toes the rubber opposite Aaron Harang (8-2, 3.29).
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