A big first inning was all the offense the Phillies needed in Thursday night’s 10-5 victory, though it wasn’t enough to get a win for Roy Halladay.
The Phillies scored six runs in the first inning, added a run in the third and got a couple more in the fifth to roll to their fifth win in the last six games while taking the series from San Diego. But after four solid innings, Halladay could not get through the fifth.
Halladay walked four batters in a row for the first time in his career and committed a throwing error in the four-run fourth inning as the Phillies’ lead was reduced to two.
However, Halladay’s battery mate, Carlos Ruiz, went 3 for 3 with a double, walk and three RBIs to lead the offense.
The win pushes the Phillies to 68-78, 20 games behind the first-place Braves in the NL East.
Starting pitching report
Halladay allowed five runs (four earned) on four hits, five walks and one hit batsman. He gave up a leadoff homer in the first to Will Venable and needed 101 pitches to go 4 1/3 innings.
Halladay’s outing went much better than that of Padres’ starter Tyson Ross. With one pitch to make or break the first inning, Ross gave up a bases-loaded walk on a 3-2 pitch to Halladay. So instead of striking out the side, Ross was knocked out after just two-thirds of an inning.
The Phillies tagged Ross (3-8, 3.29) for six runs on five hits and a pair of walks.
Justin De Fratus finished the fifth for Halladay by retiring both of the hitters he faced. Cesar Jimenez followed with a perfect, eight-pitch sixth inning before Ethan Martin made his second relief outing with a 1-2-3 seventh.
B.J. Rosenberg needed just five pitches to get through the eighth inning. Jake Diekman finished it out with a hitless ninth.
The Padres used seven pitchers.
At the plate
Cesar Hernandez had his third three-hit game in the big leagues to go with a double and a pair of RBIs.
Jimmy Rollins, Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis also had multi-hit games while the Phillies hitters drew eight walks.
The Padres didn’t get a hit after the fifth inning.
All-Star Dom Brown hasn’t started a game since Aug. 30 and has not appeared in a game since Sept. 1, but manager Ryne Sandberg says he expects the outfielder to be back soon.
Just probably not this weekend.
Sandberg said it would be “premature” to expect an appearance from Brown this weekend while he recovers from a sore Achilles.
The Phillies open a weekend series in Washington on Friday night at Nationals Park. The expected pitching matchups for the series are:
Friday: Kyle Kendrick (10-12, 4.51) vs. Stephen Strasburg (7-9, 2.96)
Saturday: Cole Hamels (7-13, 3.45) vs. Gio Gonzalez (10-6, 3.31)
Sunday: Tyler Cloyd (2-4, 4.56) vs. Jordan Zimmermann (17-8, 3.36).