Arizona at Philadelphia

W: R. Halladay (5-6) L: J. Saunders (5-8)
S: J. Papelbon (24)
HR: ARI - None   PHI - E. Kratz (4)

Halladay picks up first win since return wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- The old Roy Halladay made a rare appearance for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Halladay gave up three hits over seven innings and Erik Kratz homered and drove in a pair, leading the Phillies to a 3-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.

Halladay (5-6) allowed just four runners and struck out five to earn his first win since May 17. The two-time Cy Young Award winner was winless in his previous five starts, including three after returning from a two-month stint on the disabled list.

"The last two games I feel things are going in the right direction," Halladay said. "I made some changes and it's nice to see the results, nice to see it pay off."

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Josh Lindblom had two strikeouts in the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon finished off a four-hitter for his 24th save in 27 tries.

Joe Saunders (5-8) was the hard-luck loser for Arizona, which had its four-game winning streak snapped. The lefty allowed two runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings.

The Diamondbacks had won 13 of 18 to get within two games of NL West-leading San Francisco.

"He's Roy Halladay," Saunders said. "You just turn the page and come back tomorrow."

The Phillies learned they'll be without All-Star catcher Carlos Ruiz for the next four to six weeks because he has plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Ruiz leads the team with a .335 average and has career highs of 14 homers and 58 RBI.

It was the latest blow for the five-time defending NL East champions, who are stuck in last place. The cost-cutting Phillies traded two-time All-Star outfielders Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino and pitcher Joe Blanton in the past five days.

Kratz filled in nicely for Ruiz, however.

He drove a 2-0 pitch out to left for his fourth homer in just 24 at-bats to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the third.

Kratz came up with the bases loaded in the fourth after Domonic Brown worked a walk in a 10-pitch at-bat. Kratz also walked to force in a run and make it 2-0.

Then Kratz showed off his arm.

From his knees, he threw out Gerardo Parra trying to steal second to end the top of the eighth.

"He's been good for us, of course," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's improved his hitting 100 percent since I saw him two years ago. He's strong, he's durable, he's hungry to play in the big leagues. I like everything about him."

Kratz joked about Manuel's comments regarding his hitting.

"It's a nice compliment. I guess I was a terrible hitter before," he said.

While Kratz had a breakout game, his batterymate looked like his old self. Halladay pitched like an eight-time All-Star instead of the guy who entered with a 4.33 ERA.

Halladay's velocity was up -- he topped out at 93 mph in the first inning -- and he threw an assortment of off-speed pitches and an effective cutter to keep the Diamondbacks off balance.

With the Phillies seemingly going nowhere this season, there's been talk that Halladay would be shut down early to rest for 2013. He wants none of that.

"I want to pitch. I'm here to pitch. I don't need rest," he said.

Brown gave the Phillies an insurance run with a two-out RBI single in the eighth.


  • The Phillies have won 10 of their last 12 home games vs. Arizona.
  • Philadelphia's bullpen has an NL-best 1.22 ERA since July 20.
  • Jimmy Rollins was the only starter for the Phillies who was in the opening-day lineup.
  • Arizona's John McDonald was 0 for 3 and is in a 4-for-34 slump.
  • The Diamondbacks have scored three runs or fewer in 10 of the last 12 games in Philadelphia.
  • The Phillies had their 272nd straight sellout, including postseason games.
  • Philadelphia LHP Cliff Lee (2-6, 3.73 ERA) faces Trevor Cahill (9-9, 3.75) in the series finale Sunday. Lee is seeking his second straight win.
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Roy Halladay pitches seven innings of 3-hit ball with 5 Ks and earns his first win since May 17. (Getty Images)
Roy Halladay pitches seven innings of 3-hit ball with 5 Ks and earns his first win since May 17. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

E. Kratz
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

R. Halladay
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 1
K 5

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Arizona Diamondbacks
Gerardo Parra, CF3000100 .281
Stephen Drew, SS4020010 .198
Jason Kubel, LF4000021 .283
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4010012 .301
Justin Upton, RF3010111 .272
Miguel Montero, C3000003 .284
Chris Johnson, 3B3000011 .285
John McDonald, 2B3000020 .255
Joe Saunders, P2000000 .094
    Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .333
   a- Ryan Wheeler, PH1000010 .167
    Mike Zagurski, P0000000 .000
    Matt Albers, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Ziegler in the 8th
2B - Stephen Drew (7, Halladay)
CS - Gerardo Parra (8, 2nd base by Lindblom/Kratz)
Team LOB - 5
DP - McDonald-Drew-Goldschmidt
Arizona Diamondbacks
Joe Saunders (L,5-8) 6.1622231 3.57
Brad Ziegler 0.2000000 2.34
Mike Zagurski 0.1211010 4.91
Matt Albers 0.2100010 2.25
WP - Mike Zagurski (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 103-69, Brad Ziegler 4-2, Mike Zagurski 12-8, Matt Albers 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 6-10, Brad Ziegler 1-0, Matt Albers 1-0
Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 27, Brad Ziegler 1, Mike Zagurski 3, Matt Albers 3
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4000001 .246
Kevin Frandsen, 3B4110000 .273
Chase Utley, 2B4010011 .255
Ryan Howard, 1B4120021 .208
John Mayberry Jr., CF4010013 .236
Domonic Brown, LF3011101 .214
Erik Kratz, C3112102 .346
Nate Schierholtz, RF3010013 .258
Roy Halladay, P2000000 .188
   a- Ty Wigginton, PH1010000 .232
    Josh Lindblom, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Papelbon, P0000000 .000
a-singled for Halladay in the 7th
2B - John Mayberry Jr. (16, Saunders)
HR - Erik Kratz (4, Saunders)
RBI - Domonic Brown (1), Erik Kratz 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Domonic Brown (1), Erik Kratz (4)
Team LOB - 7
PB - Erik Kratz (1)
Philadelphia Phillies
Roy Halladay (W,5-6) 7300150 4.02
Josh Lindblom (H,17) 1000120 3.06
Jonathan Papelbon (S,24) 1100020 3.07
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 94-61, Josh Lindblom 19-12, Jonathan Papelbon 15-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 6-10, Jonathan Papelbon 1-0
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 25, Josh Lindblom 3, Jonathan Papelbon 4
Game Information
Attendance - 43762
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Al Porter, Third Base - Jim Wolf