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Howard and Jimmy Rollins each drove in two runs and Victorino hit a home run to help Philadelphia improve the majors' best record to 75-40.
Halladay (15-4) allowed a run and nine hits in 6 1/3 innings and struck out four. The right-hander is 4-0 with a 2.22 ERA since his 6-1 loss at Wrigley Field on July 18, when he was forced out after four innings because of heat exhaustion.
"I would have liked to go a little deeper, but they put some hits together and made us work at it really the whole game," Halladay said. "I felt like my stuff was a lot better tonight than it was last time out and I was able to control things. It's always a grind."
Antonio Bastardo took over for Halladay with Andre Ethier representing the potential tying run, and retired him on an inning-ending double-play grounder with two men on after Ethier got the green light on a 3-0 count.
"I wished that was me," the reigning Cy Young winner said with a grin. "It's a great feeling for a pitcher when guys come in behind you are capable of getting outs. At that point, it's a two-run game, so he's basically saving the game at that point. That was a huge double play."
Michael Stutes and Brad Lidge gave up RBI singles in the eighth, but Lidge hustled after Tony Gwynn's bid for a bunt single to the right of the mound with runners at second and third and shoveled the ball to first baseman Howard to preserve the Phillies' one-run lead.
Victorino, appealing a three-game suspension he received Monday from Major League Baseball, gave Ryan Madson an insurance run to work with in the ninth with his 12th home run. Madson got three outs for his 20th save in 21 chances.
"Shane gets a lot of big hits when we need them, and he's done it all year long," Madson said. "He's the type of guy who wants to be up there hitting in those situations. They were coming back in that eighth inning and had some life, and that homer kind of extinguished any kind of life that they did have."
Hiroki Kuroda (7-14) gave up four runs -- three earned -- and nine hits through 6 1/3 innings, making him 2-11 with a 3.16 ERA during his past 14 outings. The right-hander had allowed only three earned runs over 32 innings in his five previous regular-season starts against the Phillies, whom he beat in Game 3 of the 2008 NL Championship Series.
One day after Roy Oswalt returned from a 37-game stint on the disabled list with a 3-1 loss at San Francisco that ended the Phillies' nine-game winning streak, Halladay recorded his eighth victory of the season following a Phillies' loss.
Victorino doubled in the first inning on a full count after Kuroda got ahead of him 0-2. Howard drove in Victorino with a two-out infield single that ticked off the top of Kuroda's glove as he tried to make a play on the high chopper.
"They caught a break in the first. Hiro makes a good pitch on Howard and he nubs one off the end of the bat and off the end of his glove," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "But they're a good club. They swung the bats good tonight. We battled, but they just keep coming."
Howard drove in the Phillies' fourth run in the seventh with a double after another double by Victorino. The RBI was Howard's NL-leading 89th, four more than Milwaukee's Prince Fielder and five more than the Dodgers' Matt Kemp.
The Phillies made it 3-0 in the second on a slapstick play. Carlos Ruiz led off with a single and Michael Martinez hit a grounder to first baseman James Loney, who bobbled the ball, possibly thinking about starting a double play. Loney decided to cut his losses and flip to Kuroda covering first, but the ball got past the pitcher.
Kuroda and catcher Rod Barajas both ran it down before Kuroda picked it up. Barajas, realizing that he had left home plate uncovered with Ruiz approaching third, scrambled to get back. So did Ruiz, as third baseman Casey Blake leaped to grab Kuroda's hurried throw from foul territory.
Ruiz then stayed put on a bunt by Halladay that advanced Martinez to second, and Jimmy Rollins drove in both runners with a double to right-center.
|Despite Casey Blake's efforts, Chase Utley successfully pivots and completes a double play that ends the seventh inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jimmy Rollins, SS||4||0||1||2||1||0||0||.263|
|Shane Victorino, CF||5||3||3||1||0||1||3||.310|
|Chase Utley, 2B||5||0||1||0||0||0||3||.286|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||5||0||2||2||0||2||1||.252|
|Hunter Pence, RF||3||0||2||0||1||1||1||.314|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||6||.240|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.265|
|Michael Martinez, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.222|
|Roy Halladay, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.075|
|Antonio Bastardo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Ross Gload, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.257|
|Michael Stutes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brad Lidge, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Madson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-lined out for Bastardo in the 8th|
|2B - Jimmy Rollins (20, Kuroda), Shane Victorino 2 (19, Kuroda, Kuroda), Ryan Howard (26, Elbert)|
|HR - Shane Victorino (12, MacDougal)|
|SH - Roy Halladay 2 (13)|
|RBI - Jimmy Rollins 2 (52), Shane Victorino (41), Ryan Howard 2 (89)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Howard 2 (37)|
|SB - Chase Utley (12, 2nd base off Kuroda/Barajas)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Martinez-Howard, Rollins-Utley-Howard|
|E - Michael Stutes (3, Throwing(Runner interference))|
|Roy Halladay (W,15-4)||6.1||9||1||1||2||4||0||2.51|
|Antonio Bastardo (H,10)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.47|
|Michael Stutes (H,7)||0.1||2||2||2||0||0||0||3.43|
|Brad Lidge (H,1)||0.2||1||0||0||1||0||0||1.69|
|Ryan Madson (S,20)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||1.82|
|WP - Brad Lidge (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 111-74, Antonio Bastardo 5-2, Michael Stutes 12-7, Brad Lidge 14-8, Ryan Madson 17-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 8-6, Antonio Bastardo 1-0, Brad Lidge 2-0, Ryan Madson 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 29, Antonio Bastardo 1, Michael Stutes 3, Brad Lidge 4, Ryan Madson 4|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Tony Gwynn Jr., LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.255|
|Casey Blake, 3B||3||0||2||1||2||0||0||.253|
|Andre Ethier, RF||5||0||2||0||0||1||3||.307|
|Matt Kemp, CF||5||1||2||0||0||1||4||.317|
|Aaron Miles, 2B||5||1||2||1||0||1||1||.297|
|James Loney, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.251|
|Rod Barajas, C||3||0||0||0||1||0||3||.227|
|Eugenio Velez, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Dioner Navarro, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.197|
|Jamey Carroll, SS||3||1||1||0||0||1||3||.295|
|Scott Elbert, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Guerrier, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Juan Rivera, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.259|
|Mike MacDougal, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Hiroki Kuroda, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.071|
|Dee Gordon, SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.231|
|a-singled for Guerrier in the 8th|
|SH - Tony Gwynn Jr. (2)|
|RBI - Casey Blake (21), Aaron Miles (30), Juan Rivera (37)|
|SB - Matt Kemp (29, 2nd base off Stutes/Ruiz)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Kuroda-Carroll-Loney|
|E - James Loney (4, Throwing)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Hiroki Kuroda (L,7-14)||6.1||9||4||3||1||4||0||3.01|
|IBB - Pence by Scott Elbert|
|Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 105-71, Scott Elbert 16-8, Matt Guerrier 9-5, Mike MacDougal 21-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 9-6, Matt Guerrier 1-2, Mike MacDougal 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 29, Scott Elbert 4, Matt Guerrier 3, Mike MacDougal 4|
|Attendance - 35380|
|Game Time - 3:26|
|Temperature - 71|
|Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Wally Bell|