Halladay Sharp As Phillies Shutout Diamondbacks 3-0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Roy Halladay gave up three hits over seven innings and Erik Kratz homered and drove in a pair, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.
Halladay (5-6) allowed just four runners and struck out five to earn his first win since May 17. The two-time Cy Young Award winner was winless in his previous five starts, including three after returning from a two-month stint on the disabled list.
Josh Lindblom had two strikeouts in the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon finished off a four-hitter for his 24th save in 27 tries.
Joe Saunders (5-8) was the hard-luck loser for Arizona, which had its four-game winning streak snapped. The lefty allowed two runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings.
The Diamondbacks had won 13 of 18 to get within two games of NL West-leading San Francisco.
The Phillies learned they’ll be without All-Star catcher Carlos Ruiz for the next four to six weeks because he has plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Ruiz leads the team with a .335 average and has career highs of 14 homers and 58 RBIs.
It was the latest blow for the five-time defending NL East champions, who are stuck in last place. The cost-cutting Phillies traded two-time All-Star outfielders Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino and pitcher Joe Blanton in the past five days.
Kratz filled in nicely for Ruiz, however.
He drove a 2-0 pitch out to left for his fourth homer in just 24 at-bats to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the third.
Kratz came up with the bases loaded in the fourth after Domonic Brown worked a walk in a 10-pitch at-bat. Kratz also walked to force in a run and make it 2-0.
Then Kratz showed off his arm.
From his knees, he threw out Gerardo Parra trying to steal second to end the top of the eighth.
While Kratz had a breakout game, his batterymate looked like his old self. Halladay pitched like an eight-time All-Star instead of the guy who entered with a 4.33 ERA.
Halladay’s velocity was up — he topped out at 93 mph in the first inning — and he threw an assortment of off-speed pitches and an effective cutter to keep the Diamondbacks off balance.
Brown gave the Phillies an insurance run with a two-out RBI single in the eighth.
NOTES: The Phillies have won 10 of their last 12 home games vs. Arizona. … Philadelphia’s bullpen has an NL-best 1.22 ERA since July 20. … Jimmy Rollins was the only starter for the Phillies who was in the opening-day lineup. … Arizona’s John McDonald was 0 for 3 and is in a 4-for-34 slump. … The Diamondbacks have scored three runs or fewer in 10 of the last 12 games in Philadelphia. … The Phillies had their 272nd straight sellout, including postseason games. … Philadelphia LHP Cliff Lee (2-6, 3.73 ERA) faces Trevor Cahill (9-9, 3.75) in the series finale Sunday. Lee is seeking his second straight win.
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