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Phils' Halladay takes down ex-team, wins sixth straight

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TORONTO -- A banner hanging from the outfield seats pleaded with Roy Halladay to be gentle with the Blue Jays.

Sorry, Toronto. Halladay treated his former team the same way he does everyone else.

Halladay pitched an eight-hitter to win his sixth straight decision, Chase Utley hit a go-ahead home run and the Philadelphia Phillies topped the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on Saturday.

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"It was a cool experience for me, something I'll never forget," said Halladay (11-3), who took the mound in the bottom of the first to a standing ovation from the crowd of 44,078.

Toronto's Jose Bautista hit his major league-leading 26th home run, but the Blue Jays still lost for the 10th time in 13 home games.

The Phillies have won Halladay's past nine starts, the longest streak of his brief Philadelphia career. The right-hander is 6-0 with a 2.81 ERA in that span.

"Doc is special," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He puts a lot into it and expects a lot out of himself."

Blue Jays manager John Farrell and reliever Jon Rauch were both ejected in a wild top of the ninth. Frustrated at home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez after Ryan Howard drew a walk on a close pitch, Rauch lost his temper when Shane Victorino followed with an RBI single, with Utley sliding home just ahead of left-fielder Corey Patterson's throw.

Rauch had to be restrained by his manager as he argued with Marquez, with Rauch's jersey getting pulled off in the struggle. Rauch fired his cap away in disgust as he headed into the dugout.

"The first thing I told the umpire is it's a shame that he can't have an ERA, because those runs are his," Rauch said. "I think he directly affected the outcome of the game."

After calling Shawn Camp in from the bullpen, Farrell renewed the argument with Marquez and was also ejected, swiping the dirt around home plate with his hands and getting nose to nose with the ump before the rest of the crew came in to separate the pair. Fans threw debris onto center field and booed Marquez loudly for the remainder of the game.

For Rauch, the ejection was his first of the season. For Farrell, it was his second.

Halladay, who spent the first 12 years of his career with the Blue Jays before being traded to Philadelphia in December 2009, received a standing ovation when he carried the lineup card to home plate before Friday's series opener. Also cheered as he took the field for his pregame bullpen session, Halladay acknowledged that the shower of affection made it hard to preserve his trademark focus and intensity.

"I was definitely anxious warming up and walking out on the field," Halladay said. "It was definitely different. Once the game started I felt like it was a normal game. But the stuff beforehand, it's hard to anticipate that kind of stuff."

Halladay didn't acknowledge the fans at any point, saying he did so out of respect for the Blue Jays and his reluctance to be "the center of attention."

Utley was impressed at his teammate's ability to keep his feelings in check.

"I think it would be difficult but he did a pretty good job of that today," Utley said. "There had to be have been a lot of emotions going on in his head but he was able to shut that out and just focus on the game."

Halladay walked one and struck out eight in his fifth complete game of the season, but needed some help from his offense to win this one. Philadelphia trailed 3-2 when Utley greeted reliever Luis Perez with a two-run homer to right in the seventh, his fourth.

The left-handed Perez (1-1) allowed one run and three hits in one inning.

Philadelphia opened the scoring with a run in the first off Blue Jays right-hander Carlos Villanueva, who was pitching on five days rest to keep his innings down before the All-Star break.

Jimmy Rollins walked and stole second, Placido Polanco walked and, one out later, Ryan Howard scored Rollins with a single to center. A passed ball put runners on second and third but Villanueva retired Shane Victorino and Raul Ibanez on fly balls to end the inning.

Toronto tied it in the fourth when Bautista crushed a leadoff home run off the center field restaurant. Estimated at 449 feet, it was the longest homer against Halladay this season, according to ESPN.

Villanueva set down 11 in a row before Philadelphia regained the lead in the fifth. Ross Gload and Carlos Ruiz hit back-to-back singles and Rollins drove in Gload with a ground rule double to center.

Given the advantage, Halladay couldn't hold it in the bottom half. Patterson led off with an infield single and went to third on Utley's throwing error. One out later, John McDonald tied it with an RBI single through the left side. McDonald moved to second on Aaron Hill's grounder and scored on a two-out single to shallow center by rookie outfielder Eric Thames.

Ruiz doubled to begin the seventh and Villanueva left to a large ovation after getting Rollins to fly out and Polanco to ground to short. Perez came on to face Utley, who drove a 2-2 pitch over the wall in right, his first homer since June 14 against Florida.

Notes

  • Phillies LHP Cole Hamels played catch again Saturday but did not throw his bullpen session as scheduled. Hamels, who left Thursday's start after taking a line drive off his right palm, is expected to throw his bullpen Sunday and remains on track to start Tuesday.
  • After making his first career start at DH Friday, Rollins returned to shortstop Saturday.
  • A second opinion on Philadelphia RHP Roy Oswalt (back) confirmed the prognosis of a bulging disc. Oswalt is expected to be sidelined until August.
  • Phillies RHP Ryan Madson (bruised right hand) also played catch Saturday and is expected to begin a rehab assignment this week.
  • Toronto SS Yunel Escobar, who left Friday's game after being hit on the left hand by a pitch, did not start. He is day to day.
  • Toronto designated INF Jayson Nix for assignment and recalled INF Mike McCoy from Triple-A Las Vegas.
 
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Roy Halladay is 6-0 with a 2.81 ERA in his past nine starts, all wins. It's the longest streak of his brief Philly career. (AP)
Roy Halladay is 6-0 with a 2.81 ERA in his past nine starts, all wins. It's the longest streak of his brief Philly career. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

C. Utley
AB 4
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Toronto

J. McDonald
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS4121101 .254
Placido Polanco, 3B4000104 .280
Chase Utley, 2B4212113 .286
Ryan Howard, DH4011113 .253
Shane Victorino, CF4021102 .299
Raul Ibanez, LF5000006 .231
Domonic Brown, RF4010011 .217
Ross Gload, 1B4110013 .304
Carlos Ruiz, C4120002 .247
Totals37510554  
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (14, Villanueva), Carlos Ruiz (9, Villanueva)
HR - Chase Utley (4, Perez)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (32), Chase Utley 2 (18), Ryan Howard (67), Shane Victorino (34)
2-OUT RBI - Chase Utley 2 (12), Shane Victorino (17)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (17, 2nd base off Villanueva/Arencibia)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Rollins-Utley-Gload, Rollins-Gload
E - Chase Utley (3, Throwing)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roy Halladay (W,11-3) 9833181 2.44
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 110-76
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 13-4
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 34
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Aaron Hill, 2B4000011 .239
Eric Thames, RF4021000 .319
Jose Bautista, 3B4111012 .328
Adam Lind, 1B3010100 .307
Edwin Encarnacion, DH4010013 .250
J.P. Arencibia, C4000021 .219
Corey Patterson, LF4110011 .258
Rajai Davis, CF3000021 .224
John McDonald, SS3121000 .203
Totals3338318  
Batting
HR - Jose Bautista (26, Halladay)
RBI - Eric Thames (8), Jose Bautista (55), John McDonald (12)
2-OUT RBI - Eric Thames (2)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
PB - J.P. Arencibia (8)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carlos Villanueva 6.2533430 3.24
Luis Perez (BS,1; L,1-1) 1311011 3.71
Octavio Dotel 0.1000000 4.15
Jon Rauch 0.2211100 4.11
Shawn Camp 0.1000000 4.00
IBB - Utley by Carlos Villanueva
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Villanueva 106-57, Luis Perez 18-13, Octavio Dotel 3-3, Jon Rauch 21-14, Shawn Camp 6-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Villanueva 8-9, Luis Perez 2-0, Octavio Dotel 1-0, Jon Rauch 1-1, Shawn Camp 1-0
Batters Faced - Carlos Villanueva 29, Luis Perez 6, Octavio Dotel 1, Jon Rauch 5, Shawn Camp 1
Game Information
Attendance - 44078
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Brian O'Nora