What kind of pitcher will Roy Halladay be in the future?
Chase Utley slides safely into home in the Phillies' 6-4 win over the Marlins. (AP)
In what may have been his final start in Phillies’ home whites, Roy Halladay pitched six innings of one-run ball to help his team beat the Miami Marlins, 6-4, at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night.
Halladay, who will become a free agent this winter, is scheduled to make two more starts, both on the road, before the season ends.
The Phillies are 71-80 on the season and 18-13 under interim manager Ryne Sandberg.
Miami has the worst record in the NL at 55-96. The Marlins entered the game ranked last in the NL in scoring (3.21 runs per game), batting average (.231) and OPS (.627).
Starting pitching report
Halladay used a heavy dose of off-speed stuff in holding the young Marlins -- four of their starting nine players were rookies -- to four hits and a run over six innings. He walked three, hit a batter and struck out two.
Halladay, who missed over three months this season recovering from shoulder surgery, is 4-4 with a 6.71 ERA in 12 starts.
Miami lefty Brian Flynn was tagged for 11 hits and six runs over six innings in his third big-league start.
B.J. Rosenberg allowed two runs in the eighth inning, snapping a string of 14 straight scoreless appearances.
Jonathan Papelbon allowed three two-out hits and a run in the ninth, but held on for his 28th save. He struck out Justin Ruggiano, the potential go-ahead run, with two men on base to end the game.
At the plate
Chase Utley belted his second three-run homer in as many nights. He also doubled home a run on his way to three hits. Utley has 18 homers.
Jimmy Rollins also had three hits. He scored two runs.
Carlos Ruiz had a two-run single. He has 22 RBIs in his last 24 games.
Good guy Juan Pierre had a pinch-hit double for Miami in the seventh. It was his 2,215th career hit, tying him with Joe DiMaggio for 175th all-time.
In the seats
The paid crowd was 28,872, second-smallest of the season at CBP.
Zach Miner (0-1, 3.72) makes a spot start in place of Kyle Kendrick on Wednesday night. He will face Nathan Eovaldi (3-6, 3.80).
Kendrick was scratched with a sore shoulder (see story).