Phillies 3, Padres 1

It wasn’t until his 130th and final pitch that the struggling

San Diego Padres finally got to Roy Halladay.

Even so, Will Venable’s RBI single with two outs in the ninth

inning Sunday merely denied the Philadelphia Phillies and their

sensational pitching staff a third shutout during the course of a

four-game sweep.

Halladay tied his career high with 14 strikeouts and the

Phillies beat the Padres 3-1 for their fifth straight win.

Halladay (3-1) took a two-hitter into the ninth before allowing

three singles, including Venable’s run-scoring base hit. Antonio

Bastardo came on with runners on first and third and got

pinch-hitter Nick Hundley to fly out to left on his first pitch for

his first save.

”I felt good,” Halladay said. ”Even at the end I felt good.

It was one of those days where, especially through the middle

innings, there weren’t a lot of high-stress pitches, and I think

that plays a part into it, especially being able to throw more

pitches. If you’re doing it with the bases loaded every inning, it

takes a different toll.”

Halladay’s 130 pitches were the most in the majors this

year.

Halladay was so dominant, mostly with his changeup and

curveball, that San Diego didn’t get a baserunner past first base

until the ninth. He allowed only five singles while walking one.

Halladay, who struck out at least 10 for the 12th time in his

career, fanned six straight at one point. He struck out everyone in

the lineup except pitcher Wade LeBlanc.

Halladay retired 16 in a row until the ninth.

”He’s one of the best in all of baseball,” San Diego manager

Bud Black said. ”He was on today. We got to him but it was a

little bit too late.”

Halladay also struck out 14 on June 2, 2009, against the

Angels.

Cameron Maybin singled leading off the Padres’ ninth and was

erased at second on Jason Bartlett’s dribbler. Chase Headley’s

single to left-center moved Maybin to third and he scored on

Venable’s hit.

”They were just balls over the middle of the plate,” Halladay

said. ”I think especially Maybin, I thought he went up looking

first-pitch ambush and he got a pitch he could handle. The last one

was more a mistake on my part leaving the ball over the plate. If

you go with something soft there or something down in the zone,

we’re OK.”

Said Headley: ”You certainly don’t want to put yourself in a

position to salvage a game against a guy like him. If he’s not the

No. 1 guy in baseball, he’s close.”

On Thursday night, Roy Oswalt and three relievers combined for a

four-hit, 3-0 win. On Friday night, Cole Hamels held his hometown

Padres to four hits in eight innings in a 2-0 win.

San Diego did manage to score on Saturday night, but lost 4-2 to

Joe Blanton.

Shane Victorino hit an inside-the-park home run leading off the

seventh inning when his drive into the gap in right-center came off

Venable’s glove as his arm hit the ground while trying to make a

diving catch. The ball rolled into center as Victorino rounded the

bases and came in with a headfirst slide. It was the first of his

career.

”I saw the ball go in the gap and I thought Venable had a good

chance to catch the ball,” Victorino said. ”I saw him dive for

the ball. At first I thought he caught it and then I located where

the ball was. The whole time I was running hard and Juan Samuel

kept sending me and I kept going.”

The Phillies have won 11 straight at Petco Park, and 15 of 16,

since the 2008 season.

The Phillies opened the sixth inning with four straight hits to

score two runs before LeBlanc limited the damage. Jimmy Rollins and

Ryan Howard singled, Ben Francisco had an RBI single to left and

John Mayberry Jr. an RBI double to left. After Carlos Ruiz was

intentionally walked to load the bases, Francisco was forced at

home and Halladay hit into an inning-ending double play.

LeBlanc (0-1), called up earlier in the day from Triple-A Tucson

to make the start, allowed three runs and nine hits in eight

innings, walked four and struck out two.

NOTES: Victorino’s inside-the-park HR was the first for the

Phillies since Chase Utley did it on July 9, 2009, against

Cincinnati. It was the first against San Diego since Colorado’s

Garrett Atkins on Sept. 23, 2007. That homer came about when left

fielder Milton Bradley stepped on center fielder Mike Cameron’s

right hand while the two pursued the ball. … The Padres made room

for LeBlanc by optioning reliever Pat Neshek to Triple-A Tucson.

Manager Bud Black said the Padres will likely need to make another

move to bring a reliever back up.