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Phils win as Halladay outlasts Lincecum

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Roy Halladay walked Aubrey Huff in the fifth inning on a close inside pitch, caught the ball from catcher Carlos Ruiz and stared at home plate umpire Marty Foster for several seconds.

Foster muttered a few words to the mound, and Halladay barked back. The pitcher pointed behind the plate -- later calling it a miscommunication with his catcher, not the umpire -- and regained his rhythm following a rare show of emotion.

"They weren't strikes," Halladay said smiling after watching the replay in the clubhouse. "But when you're struggling to repeat, you want all of them."

On a night when neither ace was at his dominating best, Halladay never flinched.

Halladay outlasted Tim Lincecum in a matchup of two-time Cy Young Award winners, leading the Philadelphia Phillies past the San Francisco Giants 5-2 on Monday night.

Halladay (3-0) struck out six and allowed seven hits in eight innings on a crisp and cool spring night along the bay. He also had an RBI single in a rematch of top starters from the 2010 NL championship series

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"He's really intense, man," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "And he's really into it. And he puts a lot into it. But at the same time, too, he also realizes what he has to do. He never loses his composure on what he has to do. That's the difference."

It certainly was in the latest go-around between two of baseball's best.

Laynce Nix's two-run double highlighted a four-run first off Lincecum (0-2) that produced all the power Philadelphia needed. The Phillies chased San Francisco's shaggy-haired and suddenly erratic right-hander after he gave up five runs and eight hits in six innings -- five days after the shortest start of his career.

"It's easy for things to start falling off in that first inning and say, `Here we go again,"' Lincecum said. "I tried to do my best to put a stop to that and pitch better from the second inning on. Something like that, the best you can do is try to keep your team in the game and grind out what you have left."

A cast of top starters never lived up to the billing.

The pitching matchup was the first regular-season meeting of multiple Cy Young Award winners since Johan Santana and Randy Johnson on May 16, 2009. It also was the first time Halladay and Lincecum -- who split two matchups in the memorable NL championship series the Giants won in six games en route to a World Series title -- faced each other in the regular season.

Only one still resembled an ace.

Lincecum has given up more runs in the first inning this season (nine) than he did all of last (eight). Halladay had only been nicked for one run and seven hits total in home wins against Pittsburgh and Miami previously.

Philadelphia backed its ace with all the run support he needed before Lincecum could even record two outs.

Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino each singled home a run and Nix smacked a two-run double in the first to give the Phillies a quick 4-0 lead. By the time Lincecum recovered from the 30-pitch inning, the damage had been done.

"Their guy was struggling, too," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "The difference was they got some hits and we didn't. We had Halladay on the ropes, too. But he got out of it with just one run."

Halladay worked out of a jam in the first, allowing only Huff's sacrifice fly to right. The pitcher even lined a run-scoring single in the fourth.

After Lincecum's RBI grounder in the fourth sliced Philadelphia's lead to 5-2, Pence picked up Halladay with a leaping grab against the right-field wall on a slicing fly by Angel Pagan to save a run.

An announced sellout of 41,136 fans had little else to get excited for other than watching one of baseball's best.

Halladay baffled hitters with a mix of devastating fastballs and late-breaking curves. He struck out Brandon Belt looking with two on to end the fifth, and closed out the eighth in order after a leadoff single to Buster Posey. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save in three chances this season.

The Giants suddenly have more concerns at the top of the rotation than its batting order.

Lincecum was tagged for six earned runs on eight hits and two walks in just 2 1-3 innings -- the shortest outing of his career -- in San Francisco's 17-8 loss at Colorado last week. He has allowed 16 runs and 22 hits in 13 2-3 innings this season.

Notes

  • Giants 2B Freddy Sanchez complained of soreness in his surgically repaired right shoulder after a toss during an extended spring training game in Arizona on Monday. Manager Bruce Bochy said the team will push Sanchez's rehab start in Class A San Jose back at least two days to Thursday.
  • A moment of silence was held before the game for the one crew member who died and four others still missing from the wreck of the yacht Low Speed Chase near the Farallon Islands off San Francisco on Saturday, including former Giants bat girl Alexis Busch.
  • Phillies reliever Justin De Fratus, who had elbow soreness during at the beginning of spring training, threw about 30 pitches Monday against live hitters. He'll pitch again Thursday.
 
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The Phillies' Roy Halladay improves to 3-0 with eight solid innings against the Giants.  (AP)
The Phillies' Roy Halladay improves to 3-0 with eight solid innings against the Giants. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

R. Halladay
IP 8.0
H 7
ER 2
BB 3
K 6
Philadelphia

L. Nix
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF4000001 .292
   a- John Mayberry Jr., PH-LF1000010 .241
Placido Polanco, 3B4110010 .200
Jimmy Rollins, SS4100121 .317
Hunter Pence, RF4121001 .333
Shane Victorino, CF4121000 .316
Laynce Nix, 1B4012012 .167
    Ty Wigginton, 1B0000000 .222
Carlos Ruiz, C4010001 .300
Freddy Galvis, 2B4110012 .226
Roy Halladay, P4011022 .200
    Jonathan Papelbon, P0000000 .000
Totals3759518  
a-struck out for Pierre in the 9th
Batting
2B - Placido Polanco (1, Lincecum), Laynce Nix (2, Lincecum), Freddy Galvis (3, Lincecum)
RBI - Hunter Pence (6), Shane Victorino (3), Laynce Nix 2 (3), Roy Halladay (1)
2-OUT RBI - Roy Halladay (1)
Team LOB - 7
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roy Halladay (W,3-0) 8722360 1.17
Jonathan Papelbon (S,3) 1100000 1.80
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 109-76, Jonathan Papelbon 14-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 8-10, Jonathan Papelbon 2-1
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 34, Jonathan Papelbon 4
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF5120011 .200
Melky Cabrera, RF4000101 .293
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4010002 .325
Buster Posey, C4030011 .321
Aubrey Huff, LF2001102 .200
Brandon Belt, 1B3110123 .176
Brandon Crawford, SS4010014 .237
Emmanuel Burriss, 2B4000012 .273
Tim Lincecum, P2001000 .000
   a- Nate Schierholtz, PH1000000 .273
    Dan Otero, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   b- Gregor Blanco, PH1000000 .143
Totals3428236  
a-flied out for Lincecum in the 6th
b-grounded out for Affeldt in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brandon Crawford (5, Halladay)
SF - Aubrey Huff (1)
RBI - Aubrey Huff (4), Tim Lincecum (1)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Brandon Crawford (4, Dropped fly)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Lincecum (L,0-2) 6855160 10.54
Dan Otero 2100010 3.86
Jeremy Affeldt 1000010 5.40
HBP - Polanco (by Dan Otero)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 94-62, Dan Otero 29-18, Jeremy Affeldt 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 7-5, Dan Otero 4-2, Jeremy Affeldt 1-1
Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 27, Dan Otero 9, Jeremy Affeldt 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41136
Game Time - 2:23
Temperature - 55
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Eric Cooper