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WASHINGTON -- In most cases, when a pitcher gives up two hits to open the seventh inning after a long outing, a manager would think about making a move to the bullpen. With Roy Halladay on the mound, Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel didn't flinch.
Halladay allowed 10 hits and four runs over seven innings, striking out five without a walk. Howard and Ibanez hit back-to-back homers in the fourth and each drove in a run in Philadelphia's seventh-inning rally for a 5-4 win Monday.
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After the Phillies took the lead in the top of the seventh, the Nationals appeared poised to snatch it back. Alex Cora led off with a double, and a bunt single by Ian Desmond put runners on the corners with no outs. Despite the trouble, Manuel trusted his ace, and Halladay (7-3) came through.
"He was there all the way. He got out of it, didn't he?" Manuel said. "That's who he is. He wants to be there, and that's what a No. 1 does."
"It was a grind, it really was," Halladay said. "Fortunately, we did enough offensively. They picked me up a couple times. It was a nice way to end it, for sure."
The Phillies' offense put Halladay ahead in the top of the seventh with three big at-bats by left-handed hitters -- Chase Utley, Howard and Ibanez -- against the Nationals' left-handed reliever Sean Burnett.
Starter Livan Hernandez left with a 4-3 lead in the seventh inning after allowing a one-out single to Placido Polanco. Burnett (0-2) then walked Utley and Howard followed with a run-scoring single to tie the game. Ibanez's sacrifice fly scored Utley with the go-ahead run.
"That was a key point for us in the game, to be able to come back," Howard said. "It was a hard-fought game by both teams, back and forth."
Halladay gave up solo home runs to Michael Morse, Espinosa and Laynce Nix, the first time this season he's given up multiple homers in a game. Halladay had allowed a total of two home runs in his first 11 starts.
"It's hard to walk away from this one," Burnett said. "Livo threw a good game. Our offense put up four on Halladay, that's not going to happen too much. We need a win, and we had it won if I can execute and get the lefties out I'm supposed to get."
Halladay is 11-1 against the Nationals and Expos franchise since losing June 28, 2002, in Montreal.
Washington has now lost three in a row and eight of nine.
Howard and Ibanez keyed two big Phillies rallies. The back-to-back homers started a three-run fourth inning to put Philadelphia ahead after Washington had taken a 2-0 lead in the second on Morse's homer and Hernandez's sacrifice squeeze bunt.
Espinosa tied the game at 3 with a two-out home run into the right field seats in the fifth, and Washington took a 4-3 lead on Nix's shot in the sixth inning.
Manuel said he knew teams would start to score runs even against his star pitcher with the weather warming up. The temperature was 92 degrees when the game started at 1 p.m.
"This is hitting season," Manuel said. "It's hot, it's warm, they're swinging. Teams get up for Roy, which is good. He likes that. That's part of competing, and part of who he is. ... Some days you're going to get hit, and he passed the test pretty good today."
|Phillies ace Roy Halladay gives up HRs to three Nats, the first time this season he's given up multiple homers in a game. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jimmy Rollins, SS||5||0||0||0||0||1||3||.265|
|Placido Polanco, 3B||4||1||2||0||1||0||1||.317|
|Chase Utley, 2B||3||1||0||0||2||0||2||.208|
|Wilson Valdez, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.246|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||1||2||2||0||1||2||.252|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||3||1||1||2||1||1||1||.246|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||5||1||2||0||0||0||4||.250|
|Domonic Brown, RF||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.310|
|John Mayberry Jr., CF||4||0||2||0||0||2||0||.237|
|Roy Halladay, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.036|
|a- Ross Gload, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.282|
|Antonio Bastardo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jose Contreras, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Madson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-fouled out for Halladay in the 8th|
|2B - Carlos Ruiz (7, Hernandez), John Mayberry Jr. (5, Hernandez)|
|HR - Ryan Howard (12, Hernandez), Raul Ibanez (8, Hernandez)|
|SF - Raul Ibanez (2)|
|SH - Roy Halladay 2 (7)|
|RBI - Ryan Howard 2 (42), Raul Ibanez 2 (29), Domonic Brown (4)|
|SB - Chase Utley (2, 2nd base off Hernandez/Ramos)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Roy Halladay (W,7-3)||7||10||4||4||0||5||3||2.56|
|Antonio Bastardo (H,3)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.40|
|Jose Contreras (H,2)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Ryan Madson (S,12)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.88|
|HBP - Morse (by Jose Contreras)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 110-81, Antonio Bastardo 2-1, Jose Contreras 7-5, Ryan Madson 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 9-6, Jose Contreras 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 30, Antonio Bastardo 1, Jose Contreras 3, Ryan Madson 3|
|Rick Ankiel, CF||5||0||1||0||0||1||1||.214|
|Danny Espinosa, 2B||4||1||1||1||0||2||2||.205|
|Jayson Werth, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.255|
|Laynce Nix, LF||4||1||1||1||0||1||2||.305|
|Michael Morse, 1B||3||1||1||1||0||1||0||.289|
|Brian Bixler, PR-3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.105|
|Wilson Ramos, C||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.252|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B||3||1||0||0||0||0||2||.248|
|Sean Burnett, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Todd Coffey, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Matt Stairs, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.088|
|Henry Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Alex Cora, SS-3B^1B||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.253|
|Livan Hernandez, P||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||.211|
|Ian Desmond, SS||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.226|
|a-grounded out for Coffey in the 8th|
|2B - Alex Cora (3, Halladay)|
|HR - Danny Espinosa (8, Halladay), Laynce Nix (8, Halladay), Michael Morse (7, Halladay)|
|SH - Livan Hernandez (6)|
|RBI - Danny Espinosa (29), Laynce Nix (22), Michael Morse (22), Livan Hernandez (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Danny Espinosa (5)|
|SB - Rick Ankiel (6, 2nd base off Halladay/Ruiz)|
|CS - Jayson Werth (2, 2nd base by Halladay/Ruiz)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Sean Burnett (BS,4; L,0-2)||0.2||2||1||1||1||0||0||5.59|
|IBB - Ibanez by Livan Hernandez|
|HBP - Howard (by Henry Rodriguez)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 104-68, Sean Burnett 20-11, Todd Coffey 15-11, Henry Rodriguez 25-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 6-9, Todd Coffey 1-1, Henry Rodriguez 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 29, Sean Burnett 5, Todd Coffey 3, Henry Rodriguez 5|
|Attendance - 34789|
|Game Time - 3:14|
|Temperature - 92|
|Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Bob Davidson|