Phillies 3, Dodgers 2

Roy Halladay pitched five effective innings in his first start

off the disabled list, Hunter Pence hit a go-ahead, two-out single

in the eighth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Los

Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Tuesday night for their fourth straight


The Phillies loaded the bases in the eighth when Ronald

Belisario (3-1) walked Chase Utley with two outs, then hit Ryan

Howard on the foot with a 1-2 pitch and plunked Carlos Ruiz on a

full count. Pence greeted Kenley Jansen with a sharp single to

center, scoring Utley and pinch-runner John Mayberry Jr. and giving

him a team-high 55 RBIs.

It was Jansen’s first appearance since he was on the mound when

San Diego’s Everth Cabrera stole home for the tying run in the

Dodgers’ 7-6 loss on Saturday night. Jansen has five blown saves in

21 opportunities.

Halladay threw 80 pitches, allowing two runs and five hits with

six strikeouts and no walks. The 35-year-old right-hander hadn’t

pitched for the Phillies since May 27 at St. Louis, when he faced

11 batters over two innings and gave up a grand slam to Yadier

Molina during his 8-3 loss. He was diagnosed with a latissimus

dorsi strain and missed 42 games.

Kyle Kendrick (3-8) got the victory, allowing two hits in 1 2-3

scoreless innings. Jonathan Papelbon, the sixth Phillies pitcher,

worked a perfect ninth for his 21st save in 23 chances.

Stephen Fife pitched six sharp innings in his major league debut

for the Dodgers. The bespectacled 25-year-old right-hander yielded

a run and four hits, walked three and struck out one while throwing

90 pitches. He was promoted from Triple-A Albuquerque when Chad

Billingsley went on the disabled list, retroactive to July 8,

because of inflammation in his right elbow.

The Dodgers acquired Fife from Boston in a three-team trade that

sent switch-hitting outfielder Trayvon Robinson to Seattle at the

non-waiver trade deadline last year. He was 7-5 with a 4.53 ERA in

18 starts with Albuquerque.

The Dodgers were clinging to a 2-1 lead in the sixth when Howard

drew a one-out walk, advanced on a wild pitch and tried to score on

a line-drive single by Pence. But Kemp made a one-hop throw to A.J.

Ellis, who stretched to his left to get the ball and made a lunging

tag on Howard as he slid in head-first.

Kemp got another assist in the eighth, erasing Ruiz at third

base for the third out after coming up throwing on Pence’s clutch

hit. But it wasn’t enough to prevent the Dodgers’ fourth straight

loss and 19th in their last 25 games.

The first two batters Halladay faced, Bobby Abreu and Mark

Ellis, were called out on strikes by umpire Wally Bell. Abreu

tossed his bat away after a 3-2 pitch and headed to first base,

thinking he had walked. Ellis also had a few words for Bell before

going back to the dugout. But the Dodgers opened the second inning

with four straight hits and took a 2-1 lead with RBI singles by

James Loney and Luis Cruz.

Jimmy Rollins opened the game with a double on Fife’s second

pitch and scored on Utley’s groundout.

NOTES: The Phillies freed up a roster spot for Halladay by

optioning RHP Brian Sanches to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Sanches

allowed seven runs, 12 hits and four homers over 6 1-3 innings in

his six relief appearances. In addition, all four of his inherited

baserunners scored. … Halladay, who finished runner-up in last

year’s NL Cy Young voting to the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, is four

strikeouts away from 2,000 in his career. … Fife played in the

1999 Little League World Series. … Wednesday’s series finale

matches 2008 AL Cy Young winner Cliff Lee against reigning NL Cy

Young winner Clayton Kershaw, who is 0-4 with a 4.95 ERA in seven

regular-season starts against the Phillies. Lee is 1-6 with a 3.92

ERA in 15 starts this season, after going 17-8 last year. …

Dodgers RHP Todd Coffey is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery

on Wednesday for the second time in his career, due to a partially

torn ligament in his right elbow.