|St. Louis (18-11)||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||2||7||2|
|Philadelphia (17-11) «||3||2||0||0||1||0||1||0||x||7||14||2|
PHILADELPHIA -- Roy Halladay has a way with words, too.
There was a moment of silence before the game for former Phillies pitcher Robin Roberts, who died Thursday morning. The Hall of Famer's No. 36 jersey was hung in the Phillies' dugout and it will remain there the rest of the season.
Halladay (6-1) allowed two runs -- one earned -- and seven hits in seven innings. He tied a season high with nine strikeouts, and even talked manager Charlie Manuel into letting him get one more out after allowing a run in the seventh.
Halladay also managed to have a friendly, between-innings conversation with plate umpire Mike Everitt after disagreeing with a couple of calls. Arguing balls and strikes normally leads to an ejection, but Halladay didn't approach Everitt in a confrontational manner.
"I felt earlier in the game we got some pitches and I asked if he would consider it when they mattered," Halladay said.
Raul Ibanez also homered for the Phillies, who took the last three in a four-game series matching a pair of NL division leaders.
Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse (0-2) allowed five runs -- three earned -- and nine hits in four innings.
It was fitting that Werth got the Phillies going on a day the organization mourned the loss of its greatest right-handed pitcher. Werth was Roberts' favorite player because he also came from Springfield, Ill. After rounding the bases, Werth pointed toward the sky as a gesture to Roberts.
"I don't usually do that sort of thing, but Robin was on the thoughts and in the hearts of many people," Werth said.
Halladay didn't need any more run support. Acquired from Toronto in the offseason, he has been the dominant ace the Phillies and their fans expected. The six-time All-Star right-hander and 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner has a 1.45 ERA and two shutouts in his first seven NL starts.
"They take advantage of the park," Lohse said. "The pitch to Werth was off the plate and away. I thought it was going to be caught, but it just kept going. It was a good pitch, but he hit it out."
Howard hit a two-out, two-run single for a 5-1 lead in the second. Halladay reached on shortstop Tyler Greene's throwing error to start the inning and Shane Victorino doubled. Lohse nearly escaped the jam by striking out Placido Polanco and retiring Utley on a shallow fly. But Howard delivered a single to center.
The Cardinals got a run in the second after Werth lost David Freese's leadoff fly in the sun and it hit off his glove for an error, allowing Freese to reach third. Freese scored when shortstop Wilson Valdez made a throwing error on Jason LaRue's grounder.
St. Louis had the tying run up with two outs in the fifth after Albert Pujols walked on a close 3-2 pitch to load the bases. Halladay wasn't pleased with the call by Everitt. He didn't get another close one on a 2-2 pitch to the next batter, Matt Holliday. But Halladay fanned Holliday on a 79 mph curve to end the inning. On his way to the dugout, Halladay stopped for a brief chat with Everitt.
Ibanez drove a 2-0 pitch from Blake Hawksworth into the second deck in right for a 6-1 lead in the sixth.
Pujols almost chased Halladay with a two-out RBI single in the seventh. Manuel came out probably with the intention of removing Halladay, who had thrown 118 pitches to that point. After a quick conference on the mound, Manuel jogged back to the dugout and the sellout crowd cheered. Holliday grounded out on Halladay's next pitch to leave two runners on.
"He's our top pitcher and I wanted to know where he was at," Manuel said. "I wanted to leave him in for Holliday if he wasn't spent."
Halladay wasn't about to give the skipper the ball.
"I felt I caused some of the trouble myself, so to be able to get out of it was nice," he said.
|Roy Halladay allows seven hits in seven innings, but matches a season high with nine strikeouts. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
Philadelphia Phillies Celebration
$129.95 Shop Now!
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Skip Schumaker, 2B||4||0||2||0||1||0||0||.226|
|Nick Stavinoha, RF||4||0||1||0||0||3||4||.381|
|Jason Motte, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Dennys Reyes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Joe Mather, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.185|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||3||0||1||1||1||0||1||.327|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||6||.275|
|David Freese, 3B||3||1||0||0||1||1||1||.348|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||3||0||0||0||0||2||3||.301|
|Jason LaRue, C||3||0||0||1||0||0||2||.091|
|Kyle Lohse, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.333|
|b- Ryan Ludwick, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.255|
|Blake Hawksworth, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Trever Miller, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Jon Jay, PH-RF||2||1||1||0||0||0||1||.333|
|Tyler Greene, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.214|
|a-struck out for Reyes in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Lohse in the 5th|
|c-singled for Miller in the 7th|
|RBI - Albert Pujols (25), Jason LaRue (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Albert Pujols (14)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Outfield Assists - Jon Jay 1|
|DP - Freese-Schumaker-Pujols|
|E - Tyler Greene 2 (2, Throwing)|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Kyle Lohse (L,0-2)||4||9||5||3||1||3||1||5.45|
|IBB - Ibanez by Jason Motte|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 105-62, Blake Hawksworth 26-16, Jason Motte 24-15, Dennys Reyes 12-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 7-3, Blake Hawksworth 3-1, Jason Motte 1-0, Dennys Reyes 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 23, Blake Hawksworth 7, Jason Motte 6, Dennys Reyes 4|
|Shane Victorino, CF||5||1||1||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Placido Polanco, 3B||5||0||1||0||0||1||2||.274|
|Chase Utley, 2B||4||1||1||0||1||0||3||.288|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||1||2||2||1||1||1||.280|
|Jayson Werth, RF||4||2||3||3||0||1||2||.354|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||3||1||2||1||1||0||2||.239|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||4||0||3||1||0||0||0||.314|
|Wilson Valdez, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.222|
|Roy Halladay, P||3||1||0||0||0||1||0||.160|
|a- Greg Dobbs, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.217|
|Chad Durbin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Danys Baez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Halladay in the 7th|
|2B - Shane Victorino (4, Lohse), Jayson Werth 2 (15, Lohse, Motte), Carlos Ruiz (5, Lohse), Wilson Valdez (2, Motte)|
|HR - Jayson Werth (5, Lohse), Raul Ibanez (2, Hawksworth)|
|RBI - Ryan Howard 2 (20), Jayson Werth 3 (21), Raul Ibanez (13), Carlos Ruiz (9)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Howard 2 (7), Jayson Werth 3 (11)|
|CS - Chase Utley (1, 2nd base by Miller/LaRue)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Utley-Howard, Polanco-Utley-Howard, Howard-Valdez-Durbin|
|E - Wilson Valdez (1, Throwing), Jayson Werth (1, Dropped fly)|
|Roy Halladay (W,6-1)||7||7||2||1||3||9||0||1.45|
|HBP - Rasmus (by Chad Durbin), LaRue (by Chad Durbin)|
|WP - Roy Halladay (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 117-73, Chad Durbin 11-6, Danys Baez 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 8-4, Chad Durbin 2-0, Danys Baez 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 31, Chad Durbin 4, Danys Baez 3|
|Attendance - 44831|
|Game Time - 2:54|
|Temperature - 79|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Tim McClelland|