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Coundown to the Playoffs, Game # 6: The Phils win their fourth straight National League Eastern Division Title behind the two-hit complete game pitching of Roy Halladay, as they defeat the Nats, 8-0.

Behind the two-hit complete game shut out pitching of their ace Roy Halladay, the Phils have clinched their fourth straight National League Eastern Division title as they defeat the Nats, 8-0.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Jayson Werth hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-sixth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Werth hits a two-run double, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then went to second base when Chase Utley was hit by the pitch, and Utley, who had just been hit by the pitch, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead two batters latter as, with runners on the corners, as Raul Ibanez got on base with an infield single, sending Werth to third, and still with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, scoring Werth, while sending Ibanez over to third. The Phils then busted the game wide open in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Wilson Valdez, who had reached first earlier on a strikeout that got away from Wilson Ramos before he threw to third base to nail Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, and then tried to move up to third on the play, who then stole second as Halladay struck out, then stole third base, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead, while sending Shane Victorino, who had just walked, on to third base. The Phils then took a 7-0 lead as Utley hits a two-run double, scoring both Victorino and Polanco. The Phils then made it an 8-0 lead as, after Ryan Howard had walked, Werth hits an RBI infield single to the first baseman, as Utley ran all the way from second base to score, while Howard would move up to second base. That would be more than enough for Halladay as he pitched a complete game shut out, giving up only two hits, a lead-off single to Ramos in the third, before he was wiped out in a 4-6-3 double play by Alberto Gonzalez, and then a lead-off single in the eighth by Adam Dunn, who was then stranded at first, before he ended the game by getting Danny Espinosa to strike out, swinging, his sixth strike out victim.

Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches a complete game shut out, giving up only two hits, while striking out six. His record is now 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA. John Lannan took the lost as he pitches only five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out three. His record is now 8-8 with a 4.65 ERA. Craig Stammen and Collin Balester combine for two and a third scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Stammen) and a walk (Stammen), while striking out two (Balester) between them. Joe Bisenius pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out two. Miguel Batista pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Placido Polanco, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz all leading the team with three hits each, with Polanco’s hits being all singles, knocking in a run, Werth’s three hits being a single, a double and a solo home run, knocking in four runs and Ruiz’s hits being a single, and two doubles, knocking in a run. Raul Ibanez followed with two hits, a single and a double. Chase Utley had the final Phil hit, a double, knocking in two runs. The Phils’ offense exploded late in the game, after being kept quiet for the early part of the evening.

The Phils (94-63, 1st) continues their three-game series with the Nationals (67-90, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils starter will be Roy Oswalt (13-13 (7-1), 2.80 (1.76)), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on September 22, when he pitched seven shut out innings, giving up only a hit and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Phils 1-0 win. In his last three starts, his record is 2-0 with a no-decision, as he had pitched twenty-two innings, giving up just a run on eleven hits and three walks, while striking out twenty-one. He will be going for his eighth win since joining the Phils, and his third straight win against the Nats. The Nats will counter with Jason Marquis (2-9, 7.18), who is coming off a no-decision against the Astros, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Nats’ 4-3 win. In his last three starts, his record is 0-2 with a no-decision, as he had pitched twelve and one-third innings, giving up ten runs on eighteen hits and three walks, while striking out ten. He will be trying to not be rough up again by the Phils. The Phils will be trying to make sure that they’ll have the best record in the National League no matter what happens during the rest of the season.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 15: The Phils crush the Nats as Roy Oswalt becomes 9-0 at the Bank, as the Phils win, 9-1.

The Phils’ offense continue its September surge as they score nine unanswered runs as they crush the Nats, 9-1, as Roy Oswalt wins his ninth start at Citizens Bank Park without a lost. The Phils’ lead in the NL East stays at three game.

The Nats took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Ryan Zimmerman hits an RBI single, scoring Danny Espinosa, who had earlier singled, and then went to second on Ian Desmond’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, to give the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Placido Polanco, a walk by Chase Utley, moving Polanco up to second base, and a single by Ryan Howard, moving both Polanco and Utley up a base, Jayson Werth hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, while sending Utley to third and Howard to second base. The next batter, Raul Ibanez, gave the Phils a 3-1 lead with a two-run single, knocking in both Utley and Howard, while sending Werth up to third, before Ibanez would move up to second on the late throw. After Carlos Ruiz is hit by the pitch, reloading the bases, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, as the ball hits the second base umpire, thus being called dead, as he was in front of the second baseman, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead as Werth scores, while both Ibanez and Ruiz would move up a base. Roy Oswalt then gave the Phils a 5-1 lead with an RBI single, scoring Ibanez, while moving up both Ruiz and Valdez, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then made it a 6-1 lead as Shane Victorino hits into a force out, 4-6, wiping out Oswalt at second for the inning’s second out, while Ruiz would score, and Valdez would move up to third, as Victorino would safely reach first. The Nats tried to get a run back in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Ivan Rodriguez, who had earlier doubled, and had moved up to third on Willie Harris’ ground out, 4-3, he tried to score on Justin Maxwell’s liner to center, and was cut down at home by a strong throw by Victorino, as Ruiz blocked the plate before applying the tag for the final out on a line out-doubleplay, 8-2. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with one man out, Werth hits a solo home run, his twenty-second home run of the season, making it a 7-1 Phils’s lead. The Phils then made it a 9-1 lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in Ibanez, who had earlier reached base on a missed catch error by Joe Bisenius on Adam Dunn’s throw to first on Ibanez’s grounder. That would be the final score as J.C. Romero pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Maxwell, swinging, to end the game.

Roy Oswalt gets the win as he pitches six innings, giving up one run on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. His record is now 7-1 (13-13)  with a 1.94 ERA (2.90). Chad Durbin, Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero combine for three scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Madson) and a walk (Durbin), while striking out two (Romero) between them. Jason Marquis took the lost as he lasts only a third of an inning, giving up six runs on six hits, a hit batter and a walk. His record is now 2-9 with a 7.71 ERA. Miguel Batista pitches three and two-thirds innings of scoreless ball, giving up just a walk, while striking out a batter. Scott Olsen pitches two innings, giving up a run on three hits. Doug Slaten pitches a 1-2-3 inning. Joe Bisenius pitches an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits apiece, with Werth’s hits being a single and a solo home run, knocking in two runs, while Ibanez had two singles, also knocking in two runs. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz, Wilson Valdez and Roy Oswalt had the other six Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Polanco, Howard, Valdez and Oswalt’s hits being singles, with Victorino, Valdez and Oswalt each knocking in a run, while Ruiz hits a two-run home run. The Phils’ offense continue to score runs, as they keep smoking the ball.

The Phils (87-61, 1st) continues their series with the Nats (62-85, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (9-9, 4.85), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on September 11, as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out one, in the Phils’ 4-2 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-2, as he had pitched fourteen innings, giving up eleven runs on nineteen hits and five walks, while striking out three. He will be trying to expand on his last start, while hoping to give the Phils a chance to win. The Nats will send to the mound Jordon Zimmermann (0-1, 5.29), who is coming off a lost to the Marlins on September 12, as he went only three innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on five hits and three walks, while striking out one, in the Nats’ 6-5 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-1 with two no-decisions, as he pitched thirteen innings, giving up eight runs, five of which were earned, on nine hits and seven walks, while striking out twelve. He will be hoping that the Phils will have problems facing him. The Phils will be trying to continue their winning ways, while hoping to increase their lead in the NL East. 

Countdown to the Playoffs, 15 games left: The Phils have three at home with the Nats.

With a three-game lead in the NL East, and having the best record in the National League, the Phils come back home to Philadelphia for their final home stand of the season. For the nine-game home stand, the Phils get to face the last place Nationals, the second place Braves and the fourth place Mets, with the Mets series being the last time that they’ll meet their rival to the North this year.

First up will be the Nationals, who presently have the third-worst record in the National League (with the D-backs and the Pirates sporting the second worst and the worst record in the NL respectively). This year, the Phils have a 7-5 record against the Nationals, with six games left to play. The Phils will be trying to win both remaining series between the two clubs, trying to go at least 4-2, with a best of 6-0, the later of which will not be easy as the Nats have been known to play tough with the Phils, although with it never being reflected in the season records between the two teams.

The first game of the three-game series, to be played at Citizens Bank Park, will start at 7:05 pm tonight. The Phils (86-61, 1st) will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (6-1 (12-13) 1.98 (2.94)), who is coming off a win against the Mets on September 12, as he pitched a complete game shut out, giving up just four hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 3-0 win. In his last three starts, his record is 3-0, as he had pitched twenty-two and a third innings, giving up four runs on eleven hits and eight walks, while striking out nineteen. Against the Nationals, since being traded to the Phils by the Astros, his record is 1-1, as he had pitched thirteen innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on twelve hits and three walks, while striking out twelve. He has pitched one game against the Nats as an Astros, going 0-1, as he pitched just two and one third innings, giving up four runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out three. Thus, in three previous starts against the Nationals, his overall record is 1-2, as he had pitched fifteen and a third innings, giving up nine runs, eight of which were earned, on sixteen hits and six walks, while striking out fifteen. He will be pitching on normal rest, as his position in the rotation was switched with Kyle Kendrick, so that he would be facing the Braves next Wednesday night, as part of the three aces against the Braves in the middle series of the home stand. Oswalt will be going for his seventh win as a Phil, his thirteenth win of the season, to even up his season record, and his fourth win in a row. The Nats (62-84, 5th) will counter with Jason Marquis (2-8, 6.60), who is coming off a lost against the Marlins on September 11, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Nats’  4-1 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 2-1, as he had pitched seventeen and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eighteen hits and four walks, while striking out eleven. In three previous starts against the Phils, his record is 0-3, as he has pitched thirteen and a third innings, giving up fourteen runs, thirteen of which were earned, on eighteen hits and nine walks, while striking out just four. He will be trying to not become the Phils punching bag, as he was back in April. The Phils will be trying to not look past the Nats before they face the Braves to lock in their control of the NL East.

Roy Halladay does his job as the Phils defeat the Nats in a tight 1-0 win.

Roy Halladay got out of several jams before the Phils finally defeat the Nats 1-0.

The Nats try to take the lead in the first as they loaded up the bases via a lead-off double by Nyjer Morgan, who then went to third on a balk, and walks to Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman, and with one man out, Phils’ starter Roy Halladay got out of the inning by getting Roger Bernadina to hit into a 4-6-3 doubleplay, wiping out Zimmerman at second base. The Phils tried to score in their half of the first with runners on second and third, via a walk to Placido Polanco and a double to Jayson Werth, with Polanco stopping at third, and with two men out, but the Nats’ starter Jason Marquis got out of the inning by striking out Raul Ibanez swinging. The Phils then took the lead in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ibanez hits an RBI double, scoring Chase Utley, who had earlier walked and then moved up to second when Werth walked, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Werth, who had earlier walked, stopped at third. The Nats would constantly threathen to tie up the game, with their biggest threat being in the seventh as, with two men on, via a bunt single to Ian Desmond, and a walk to Dunn, sending Desmond to second base, and with one man out, on a 1-1 count to Zimmerman, Desmond broke for third, as Zimmerman hits a liner to left, which was caught by Ibanez for the inning’s second out. Desmond headed back to second as Ibanez threw back to second in an attempt to double Desmond up, but throwing it wide. But Utley, after catching the ball, stayed with Desmond as he slid off the bag, tagging him out for the third out of the inning for a lined out-doubleplay. That would end up being the next to last threat by the Nats as, in the ninth, with a runner on second, Desmond, via a double, and with two men out, Brad Lidge nailed down his seventeenth save of the year by striking out Dunn, swinging, for the final out.

Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches seven shut out innings, giving up eight hits and three walks, while striking out five. His record is now 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA. Ryan Madson collects his seventh hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Brad Lidge picks up his seventeenth save of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Jason Marquis takes the lost as he pitches just five innings, giving up a run on four hits and four walks, while striking out a batter. His record is now 0-6 with an ERA of 11.39. Joel Peralta and Doug Slaten pitches three 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (one each) between them.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, a single by Chase Utley, a double by Jayson Werth, an RBI double by Raul Ibanez and a single by Carlos Ruiz. The Phils offense was outhit last night, feeling very lucky that their ace came through.

The Phils (69-52, 2nd) continue their weekend series with the Nats (52-70, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (8-5, 4.45), who is coming off a win against the Mets on August 15, as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 3-1 win. In his last three starts, his record is 2-1, as he pitched sixteen innings, giving up nine runs, eight of which were earned, on twenty-two hits and three walks, while striking out ten. He will be trying to keep the Nats’ bats quiet while the Phils’ bats try to handle the phenom. The Nats will counter with their rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg (5-3, 2.97), who is coming off a no-decision against the D-backs on August 15, as he pitched just five innings, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits, while he struck out seven, in the Nats’ 5-3 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched fifteen innings, giving up twelve runs, ten of which were earned, on eighteen hits and three walks, while striking out eighteen. He will be trying to defeat the Phils. The Phils will be trying to figure the rookie.

What we have here is a failure to score runs for Hamels. Giants defeat the Phils, 5-2.

The Phils’ offense have once again fail to give runs support to Cole Hamels as he this time get lit up by the Giants’ offense as the Phils lose, 5-2.

The Giants took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Buster Posey hits an RBI double, knocking in Freddy Sanchez, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second on a wild pitch, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, after Pat Burrell has walked, the Giants made it 2-0 as Jose Guillen hits an RBI single, scoring Posey, while sending Burrell to third. The Giants then made it a 3-0 lead as Juan Uribe hits an RBI single of his own, scoring Burrell, while sending Guillen up to second base. The Giants added to their lead in the third as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Posey hits an RBI double, knocking in F. Sanchez, who had earlier singled, giving the Giants a 4-0 lead. The Giants then made it 5-0 in the fourth as Pablo Sandoval hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season. After that, the Giants are kept off the scoreboard, while Giants’ starter Jonathan Sanchez keep the Phils’ bats silent for eight innings, allowing only one hit, a single by Shane Victorino, with two men out in the third, two walks, and a hit batter before running into trouble in the ninth. Victorino would start the inning off with a single. After J. Sanchez falls behind Placido Polanco 2-0, he is replaced with Sergio Romo, who then gets Polanco to fly out to left for the inning’s first out. Chase Utley then followed with a single, sending Victorino up to second base. Jayson Werth then strikes out, swinging, for the inning’s second out, bringing Mike Sweeney up to the plate. With the count 1-2, Sweeney gets the Phils on the board with a two-run double, scoring both Victorino and Utley, making it a 5-2 Giants’ lead. But that would be it as Brian Wilson, who replaces Romo on the mound, records his thirty-fourth save by getting Raul Ibanez to fly out to left for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels took the lost as he pitches five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. His record is now 7-10 with a 3.51 ERA. David Herndon and Danys Baez combine for four scoreless innings, giving up only one hit (Baez), while striking out four (Herndon (3), Baez (1)). Jonathan Sanchez gets the win as he pitches eight innings plus two batters, giving up a run on two hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out seven. His record is now 9-8 with a 3.47 ERA. Segio Romo pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Brian Wilson records his thirty-fourth save of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face.

The Phils only had four hits in the game with Shane Victorino leading the team with two hits, both singles. He is followed by Chase Utley and Mike Sweeney who both had a hit, a single for Utley and a two-run double for Sweeney. The rest of the bats were kept silent, as J. Sanchez handle them very easily, thanks in part to the bats being a bit too aggressive at times. For the third straight game, the offense gave Hamels no runs or hit support. Guys, this has got to stop. Hamels is holding up his end of the bargain, even if last night’s game was a clunker, how about holding up yours by scoring some runs for him?!?

The Phils (68-52, 2nd) will now start a three-game series with the Nationals (52-59, 5th), with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (15-8, 2.24), who is coming off a win against the Mets on August 14, as he went eight strong innings, giving up four hits, while he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 4-0 win. In his last three starts, he is 3-0, pitching twenty-two innings, giving up six runs on eighteen hits, while he struck out twenty-six batters. He will be going for his sixteenth win of the season. The Nats will counter with Jason Marquis (0-5, 14.33), who is coming off a lost against the D-backs on August 14, as he pitched four innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out only two, in the Nats’ 9-2 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-3, as he pitched only eight plus innings, giving up fourteen runs on sixteen hits and five walks, while striking out five. He will be trying to record his first win of the year. The Phils’ bats will be hoping to slice up the presently luckless Marquis while hoping that Halladay will once again handle the Nats with little trouble.

The Phils win their first home opener since 2005 as the come from behind to defeat the Nats, 7-4, increasing their winning streak to four games.

The Phils win their first home opener since 2005 as they increase their winning streak to four games by coming from behind to defeat the Nationals, 7-5.

The Nationals took the lead in the second as, with nobody out, Josh Willingham hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the year, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Nats would then extend their lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ivan Rodriguez hits an RBI single, scoring Cristian Guzman, who had earlier singled and had moved up to second when Adam Dunn was hit by the pitch, making it 2-0 Nats, while sending Dunn, who had been hit by a pitch, up to second base. Two batters later, with the bases loaded, thanks to a walk to Adam Kennedy, moving Rodriguez over to second base, and still with two men out, Nats’ starter Jason Marquis helped his own cause by hitting a two-run double, knocking in both Dunn and Rodriguez, giving the Nats a 4-0 lead, while sending Kennedy over to third. The Phils would start their comeback in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with one out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled and had moved up to second on a Chase Utley walk, cutting the Nats’ lead down to 4-1, while Utley, who had just walked, moved up to third. Jayson Werth then followed by hitting into an RBI force out, 5-4, wiping out Howard at second base, while Utley scored, making it a 4-2 Nats’ lead. The Phils would strike again in the fifth as, with two men on base, and with one men out, Juan Castro, who was starting the game in place of the injured Jimmy Rollins, hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second base on a force attempt throwing error on Cole Hamels’ bunt attempt, making it 4-3 Nats, while sending Hamels, who had reached first base on Rodriguez’s throwing error, over to third. Polanco then gives the Phils the lead with a two-run single, scoring both Hamels and Castro, making it 5-4 Phils. Utley then makes it a 7-5 Phils’ lead with a two-run shot off the foul pole, his second home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as the bullpen would come in to pitch three and a third-innings of shut out ball, with Ryan Madson recording his second save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Cole Hamels gets the win as he has another so-so performance as he pitches five and two-third innings, giving up four runs on six hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out six. His record is now 2-0 with a high ERA of 5.06. Chad Durbin records his third hold as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Jose Contreras records his first hold of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Danys Baez records his second hold of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Ryan Madson records his second save of the season as he pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter. Jason Marquis took the lost as he pitches only four and a third innings, giving up seven runs, only six of which were earned, on six hits and two walks, while striking out one. His record is now 0-2 with an ERA of 12.96. Jesse English, Tyler Walker, Sean Burnett and Miguel Batista would combine for three and two-thirds shut out innings, giving up just two hits (English (1), Burnett (1)) and one walk (Batista), while striking out two Phils (English (1), Batista (1)).

The Phils had only eight hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard both leading the team with two hits each, with Polanco’s two hits being singles, as he knocked in two runs, while Howard’s hits were a single and a double, knocking in a run. Juan Castro, who was in the game because Jimmy Rollins had hurt himself before the start of the game, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz all followed with a hit each, with Castro’s hit being a double, knocking in a run, while Utley’s hit was a two-run home run off of the foul pole. Werth knocked in the Phils’ other run on a force out, before getting a single, after which he took himself out of the game because of a sore left hip.

The Phils (6-1, 1st) will continue their three games series with the Nats (3-4, 4th) with a night game Wednesday night. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 11.25), who is coming off a bad outing a week ago against these same Nats, as he received a no-decision on April 8, going only four innings, giving up five runs on six hits, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 6-5 lost. He will be trying to redeem himself tomorrow night. The Nats’ will counter with Craig Stammen (0-0, 7.20), who also received a no-decision on April 8, as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on nine hits, while striking out one, in the Nats’ 6-5 win. He will be trying for his first win of the season. The Phils hope to make it five wins in a row while continuing their hot hitting, although now with Rollins and Werth being injured.

Roy Halladay pitches his 50th career complete game as he wins his 150th victory as the Phils sweep the Astros, 2-1.

Roy Halladay, as he pitches his 50th complete game, wins his 150th career game as he outduels the Astros’ Ray Oswalt, as the Phils defeat the Astros’ 2-1. The Phils, now 5-1, are off to their best start since 1993, when they started that pennant season with an 8-1 start.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, on the second pitch of the game, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season. The Phils would make it 2-0 in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier doubled and had gone to third on Shane Victorino’s single, while Victorino, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base. The game then became a pitchers’ duel between the Phils’ Roy Halladay and the Astros’ Roy Oswalt, with Oswalt giving up no more runs before leaving the game in the sixth, having given up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out eight Phils, while Halladay, through five, gave up only three hits while striking out five Astros. The Astros then threathen in the sixth as they loaded up the bases on singles to pinch hitter Chris Johnson and Michael Bourn, with Johnson moving up to second base, and an error to third base by Halladay on a bunt attempt by Jeff Keppinger, allowing Johnson to reach third, while Bourn moved up to second on the throw to third, with nobody out. But the next batter, Cory Sullivan then hits into a 6-3 double play, forcing out Keppinger at second base, while Johnson scored, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead, while Bourn moved up to third, where he would stay as the next batter, Carlos Lee, pops up to Rollins for the final out of the inning. The Astros then threathen again in the seventh, as they put runners on second and third, with one man out, via singles to Geoff Blum and Pedro Feliz, with Blum moving up to second base on Feliz’s hit, and then with both man moving up a base on Kazuo Matsui’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, for the inning’s first out. But Halladay then turned the Astros back by getting J.R. Towles to bounce back to the pitcher, 1-3, for the inning’s second out, and then striking out pinch hitter Jason Michaels, swinging. That would be the last threat as Halladay gets Feliz to end the game in the bottom of the ninth with a pop up to Chase Utley for the final out.

Roy Halladay picks up the win as he pitches a complete game, giving up an unearned run on seven hits, as he strikes out eight. His record is now 2-0 with a reduced ERA of 0.56. Roy Oswalt took the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while he strikes out eight. His record is now 0-2 with an ERA of 3.75. Jeff Fulchino, Tim Byrdak and Brandon Lyon combine for three shut out innings, giving up only one hit (Fulchino), while striking out two Phils (Fulchino and Byrdak, one each).

The Phils’ offense had only six hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with two hits, a solo home run and a single, knocking in a run. Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino and Roy Halladay had the other foru Phils’ hits, with Utley and Ibanez’s hits being doubles. Carlos Ruiz knocked in the other Phils’ run with an RBI ground out.

The Phils (5-1, 1st East) start a six games home stand with a three games series against the Nationals (3-3, 4th East). The first game of the three-games set, being played at Citizens Bank Park, is already in progress. The Phils send to the mound Cole Hamels (1-0, 3.60), who is coming off a win against these same Nats on April 7, as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on five hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 8-4 win. He hopes to improve on that outing, giving the Phils a chance to win their home opener. He will be opposed by Jason Marquis (0-1, 13.50), who is coming off a lost to the Phils, also on April 7, as he lasted only four innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out only two, in the Nats’ 8-4 lost. He hopes to do better against this same Phils squad. The Phils plan to win their home opener, and to increase their winning streak to four games.