Halladay, Victorino lift Phillies, 10-0
PHILADELPHIA — Once Roy Halladay neared the end, he made sure to finish.
Halladay threw a three-hitter for his second shutout in three starts, Shane Victorino hit a three-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Mets, 10-0, yesterday to end New York's eight-game winning streak.
Halladay (5-1) struck out six, walked one and recorded his 17th career shutout in his first outing since suffering his first loss with the Phillies at San Francisco last Monday. The six-time All-Star right-hander went the distance for the third time this season and notched his 52nd career complete game.
It didn't appear Halladay would stick around to close out this one when his pitch count reached the 80s after five innings, but he settled in nicely.
"It's one of those things you try not to pay attention to," Halladay said. "You go as long as you can regardless. Being up 6-0 made it easier to be aggressive."
Mets right-hander Mike Pelfrey (4-1) extended his scoreless innings streak to 27 before giving up six runs in the fourth. He ran into some bad luck, however. Two of the first three hits he allowed in the inning almost were caught.
Chase Utley led off with a liner off the glove of leaping shortstop Jose Reyes. Ryan Howard then lined a single to right and Jayson Werth followed with a bloop single that bounced out of second baseman Alex Cora's glove. Utley, who easily would've been doubled off second if Cora held on to the ball, scored for 1-0 lead.
After Raul Ibanez struck out, Juan Castro hit a two-run double down the left-field line. Carlos Ruiz singled to center, but Castro was thrown out at the plate on Angel Pagan's two-hop throw.
Halladay extended the inning with his fourth hit in six games. That brought up Victorino, a St. Anthony alum from Maui, who drove one into the seats in right for a 6-0 lead.
"Those things happen," Pelfrey said. "After that things seemed to snowball. I didn't lose my focus. I kept pounding the strike zone but made a mistake to Victorino."
Acquired from Toronto in the offseason, Halladay has lived up to high expectations. The former AL Cy Young Award winner has a 1.47 ERA. He tossed a five-hitter against Atlanta on April 21 for his first NL shutout.
"He's a bulldog, man. He's a grinder," Howard said.
A crowd of 45,264 included plenty of proud Mets fans wearing blue and orange, and was pretty tame on a hot afternoon. It was the 50th straight sellout at Citizens Bank Park.
GIANTS 6, ROCKIES 1
Matt Cain (1-1) gave up one hit over eight innings, Juan Uribe hit a three-run homer and Aubrey Huff and Bengie Molina also homered as San Francisco handled Colorado to improve to 6-2 on its nine-game homestand.
BRAVES 10, ASTROS 1
Troy Glaus drove in four runs, rookie Jason Heyward blasted his seventh homer of the season and Tim Hudson (2-1) allowed five hits and one run with two walks and one strikeout in 6 2/3 innings as host Atlanta won it second straight.
CARDINALS 6, REDS 3
Skip Schumaker singled to snap an eighth-inning tie and Albert Pujols, who earlier had an RBI double, followed with the first of two bases-loaded walks in the three-run surge as host St. Louis rallied to beat Cincinnati.
CUBS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 5
Alfonso Soriano homered, Derrek Lee delivered the go-ahead two-run single to break a 5-all tie in the bottom of the eighth, and Carlos Marmol struck out Adam LaRoche with the bases loaded in the ninth to preserve Chicago's victory over Arizona.
MARLINS 7, NATIONALS 1
Chris Volstad (2-2) pitched a four-hitter for the second complete game of his career, Hanley Ramirez had an RBI double and a two-run homer, and Jorge Cantu added a two-run shot to help host Florida end a three-game losing streak.
BREWERS 2, PADRES 1
Trevor Hoffman, who had blown four of seven opportunities this year, earned his first save as a visitor at Petco Park and Yovani Gallardo (3-2) allowed one run and six hits in seven innings, struck out 11 and hit a homer to lead Milwaukee past San Diego.
DODGERS 5, PIRATES 1
Andre Ethier hit a three-run homer in the third and scored on James Loney's double in the seventh inning for a 5-1 lead, and Ramon Ortiz (1-1) pitched three scoreless innings in relief to help host Los Angeles turn back Pittsburgh.
WHITE SOX 7, YANKEES 6
Andruw Jones hit two more homers off a shaky Javier Vazquez and A.J. Pierzynski boomed a go-ahead two-run double in the top of the seventh as Chicago ended New York's three-game winning streak. The Yankees also lost center fielder Curtis Granderson with a strained left groin.
RANGERS 6, MARINERS 3
Elvis Andrus hit a two-run double and Josh Hamilton had a solo homer, both off Felix Hernandez (1-1), who gave up five runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings in his shortest outing in nearly a year as visiting Texas defeated Seattle.
TIGERS 3, ANGELS 2
Johnny Damon's first homer in a Detroit uniform came in the ninth inning, a one-out shot on a 2-0 pitch from Scot Shields (0-1), and made a winner of Ryan Perry (1-1), who retired the final two batters in the top of the ninth inning.
A'S 4, BLUE JAYS 3
Rookie catcher Josh Donaldson, called up from Triple-A Sacramento when Kurt Suzuki went on the 15-day disabled list, hit a two-run homer, and Gio Gonzalez (3-1) gave up two runs and three hits over 6 2/3 innings to help Oakland snap a four-game skid.
ROYALS 4, RAYS 2
Tampa Bay reliever Lance Cormier (2-1) got the first two batters in the top of the 11th before loading the bases on a single and two walks. Alberto Callaspo then doubled down the right-field line, scoring Scott Podsednik and Alex Gordon to lift Kansas City to the victory.
ORIOLES 12, RED SOX 9
Ty Wigginton and Matt Wieters homered in a six-run fifth inning against Daisuke Matsuzaka, and host Baltimore, outhomered Boston, 5-4, to win its first series of the season. Wigginton homered twice for the Orioles, while David Ortiz went deep twice for the Red Sox.
INDIANS 5, TWINS 4
Asdrubal Cabrera's bases-loaded single with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted Cleveland over Minnesota, which led 4-2, before the Twins scored two runs in the eighth to tie it.
Pirates' Jones leaves hospital: Pittsburgh right fielder Garrett Jones left the hospital and arrived at Dodger Stadium yesterday, after some food he ate Friday night got stuck in his throat and he wasn't able to swallow it.
Jones checked himself into a hospital and was given medicine to treat the condition after undergoing tests. He rejoined the team during the game against Los Angeles, but a club spokesman didn't know exactly when.
"It wasn't severe," Pirates manager John Russell said before batting practice. "It was just that he swallowed something and it wouldn't go down.
Brewers' Uecker recovering: The Milwaukee Brewers say broadcaster Bob Uecker is making good progress a day after having heart surgery.
Uecker remained in intensive care but was awake and able to sit in a chair, the team said in a statement yesterday.
Dr. Alfred C. Nicolosi replaced Uecker's aortic valve, aortic root and part of his ascending aorta. He also performed a coronary bypass.
Yanks' Granderson headed for DL: Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson is headed to the disabled list because of a strained left groin. There is no timetable for his return to the New York lineup.
Granderson hurt himself running the bases yesterday and was forced to leave the game against the Chicago White Sox. Granderson was taken to a hospital for an MRI exam that showed a Grade II strain.
The Yankees say Granderson will go on the 15-day disabled list and right-handed reliever Mark Melancon will be recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.