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Halladay strong as Phillies top Marlins, end Cantu's streak

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PHILADELPHIA -- Even on a soggy night, Roy Halladay made it look easy.

Halladay pitched eight strong innings in his home debut, Chase Utley hit his fifth homer in four games and the Philadelphia Phillies held on for an 8-6 victory over the Florida Marlins on Friday night.

Florida Marlins

Florida Marlins

Jorge Cantu's hit & RBI streak
Date Opp. Result AB H RBI
4/5NYML 1-7311
4/7NYMW 7-661*1
4/8NYMW 3-1421
4/9LADL 3-7411
4/10LADW 7-6411
4/11LADW 6-542*5
4/12CINL 5-6312
4/13CINL 8-10511
4/14CINW 5-341*1
4/15CINW 10-2211
4/16PHIL 8-6510-x
x-RBI streak ends; *-Hit home run

Halladay ended Jorge Cantu's major league-record streak of 10 games with at least one hit and one RBI, and Dan Uggla hit a solo shot for Florida.

Pitching in a steady rain, Halladay (3-0) shrugged off the conditions and allowed two runs and eight hits. He threw 100 pitches, struck out four and didn't walk a batter.

"I think you go out and do the same things," Halladay said. "There's not a lot you can do to change anything. My approach is the same."

Florida took advantage of three infield hits to score four runs off David Herndon in the ninth before Ryan Madson got the last two outs for his third save in three tries. Madson retired Cantu on a fielder's choice grounder with two runners on to end it.

Acquired from Toronto in a blockbuster deal last December, Halladay tossed a seven-hit shutout against Houston last Sunday. The former AL Cy Young winner has a 1.13 ERA in three starts.

"He pitches ahead, throws strikes with command and is in control of his emotions," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He's really good."

Utley has connected in four straight games and has six homers this season. Placido Polanco also went deep for Philadelphia.

Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez (0-1) struggled through six innings, allowing one run and eight hits.

A crowd of 45,245 -- the 46th consecutive sellout at Citizens Bank Park -- turned out on a dreary night, mostly to watch Halladay pitch his first game in red pinstripes. Many were forced to stand on the concourse because of the driving rain.

Though the game was never stopped, there were a couple long delays between innings while the grounds crew worked on the field.

If it weren't for the rain, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he would've sent Halladay out for the ninth.

"He does a tremendous job and he has a knack for closing out innings with a short amount of pitches," Manuel said.

Halladay, who has 50 career complete games, didn't protest much when Manuel pulled him.

"I go out until they tell me I'm done," he said. "You can't finish them all."

The two-time defending NL champion Phillies are off to an 8-2 start.

Wildness cost Sanchez in the first inning. Shane Victorino and Utley reached on walks before Ryan Howard beat the shift with an opposite-field single that drove in the first run. After Raul Ibanez walked to load the bases, Juan Castro and Carlos Ruiz hit consecutive RBI singles to make it 3-0.

Polanco hit a drive off the left-field foul pole for a 4-0 lead in the second. Castro's sacrifice fly in the third made it 5-0. Utley drove one out to right in the seventh off left-hander Dan Meyer.

Both teams made excellent defensive plays in the outfield. Ibanez robbed John Baker of extra bases with a diving grab in left to start the sixth.

In the bottom half, Marlins Cameron Maybin made a diving catch on the warning track in right-center.

Notes
  • Phillies RHP Joe Blanton is scheduled to make his first rehab start on Tuesday. Blanton has been sidelined with an oblique injury.
  • The Marlins outrighted RHP Jose Veras to Triple-A New Orleans. He was designated for assignment on Wednesday.
  • Marlins RHP Brian Sanches , who has an injured hamstring, will make a rehab appearance at Class A Jupiter on Monday.
  • The Phillies are averaging 7.7 runs per game.
  • The Marlins had won nine of their last 11 games in Philadelphia.
  • Halladay, an .079 career hitter coming in, has one hit in each start.
  • Cantu has a 15-game hitting streak, dating to last season.
 
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The move to the NL hasn't slowed Roy Halladay. The former Cy Young winner is 3-0 for the Phils. (AP)
The move to the NL hasn't slowed Roy Halladay. The former Cy Young winner is 3-0 for the Phils. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

H. Ramirez
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Philadelphia

J. Castro
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Florida Marlins
Cameron Maybin, CF5011013 .298
John Baker, C5011011 .367
Hanley Ramirez, SS5031000 .364
Jorge Cantu, 3B5010005 .295
Dan Uggla, 2B4221001 .318
Cody Ross, RF4110011 .304
Mike Lamb, 1B3000001 .000
    Chris Leroux, P0000000 .000
   a- Brian Barden, PH1000000 .000
Brett Carroll, LF4121010 .385
Anibal Sanchez, P1010000 .667
    Dan Meyer, P0000000 .000
    Gaby Sanchez, 1B2221000 .324
Totals39614604  
a-grounded out for Leroux in the 9th
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (4, Halladay), Gaby Sanchez (6, Herndon)
HR - Dan Uggla (2, Halladay)
SH - Anibal Sanchez (1)
RBI - Cameron Maybin (3), John Baker (6), Hanley Ramirez (5), Dan Uggla (6), Brett Carroll (2), Gaby Sanchez (6)
2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez (2), Dan Uggla (2)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Cameron Maybin 1
DP - Maybin-Lamb, Cantu-H. Ramirez-G. Sanchez
E - Dan Uggla (2, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Anibal Sanchez (L,0-1) 6855411 6.75
Dan Meyer0433101 19.29
Chris Leroux 2000110 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 104-59, Dan Meyer 26-16, Chris Leroux 20-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 9-7, Chris Leroux 2-2
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 29, Dan Meyer 5, Chris Leroux 6
Philadelphia Phillies
Shane Victorino, CF4110104 .244
Placido Polanco, 3B5111002 .444
Chase Utley, 2B3221200 .368
Ryan Howard, 1B5221001 .362
Jayson Werth, RF4221003 .343
Raul Ibanez, LF2000201 .194
Juan Castro, SS3023000 .400
Carlos Ruiz, C3011102 .280
Roy Halladay, P4010025 .273
    David Herndon, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
Totals33812862  
Batting
2B - Jayson Werth 2 (6, Sanchez, Meyer)
HR - Placido Polanco (2, Sanchez), Chase Utley (6, Meyer)
SF - Juan Castro (1)
RBI - Placido Polanco (12), Chase Utley (12), Ryan Howard (14), Jayson Werth (5), Juan Castro 3 (6), Carlos Ruiz (2)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Castro (3), Carlos Ruiz (1)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Polanco-Utley-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Roy Halladay (W,3-0) 8822041 1.13
David Herndon 0.1544000 7.71
Ryan Madson (S,3) 0.2100000 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 100-70, David Herndon 27-17, Ryan Madson 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 11-8, David Herndon 1-0, Ryan Madson 2-0
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 31, David Herndon 6, Ryan Madson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 45245
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Bill Hohn, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Gary Darling