Halladay, Werth lead Phillies, 7-2
PHILADELPHIA — Roy Halladay has a way with words, too.
Halladay had another impressive outing, Jayson Werth hit a three-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-2, yesterday.
There was a moment of silence before the game for former Phillies pitcher Robin Roberts, who died yesterday morning. The Hall of Famer's No. 36 jersey was hung in the Phillies' dugout and it will remain there the rest of the season.
Halladay (6-1) allowed two runs — one earned — and seven hits in seven innings. He tied a season high with nine strikeouts, and even talked manager Charlie Manuel into letting him get one more out after allowing a run in the seventh.
Halladay also managed to have a friendly, between-innings conversation with plate umpire Mike Everitt after disagreeing with a couple of calls. Arguing balls and strikes normally leads to an ejection, but Halladay didn't approach Everitt in a confrontational manner.
"I felt earlier in the game we got some pitches and I asked if he would consider it when they mattered," Halladay said.
Raul Ibanez also homered for the Phillies, who took the last three in a four-game series matching a pair of NL division leaders.
"They take advantage of the park," said Kyle Lohse (0-2), who allowed five runs and nine hits in four innings. "The pitch to Werth was off the plate and away. It was a good pitch, but he hit it out."
NATIONALS 3, BRAVES 2
Scott Olsen took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and pinch-hitter Willie Harris singled home Adam Kennedy with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the ninth to lift Washington over Atlanta.
GIANTS 6, MARLINS 3
Matt Cain (2-1) held Florida hitless until the sixth and worked into the eighth, and Aaron Rowand contributed a two-run single as visiting San Francisco completed a three-game sweep.
PIRATES 11, CUBS 1
Lastings Milledge drove in four runs, Garrett Jones added three RBIs and Brian Burres (2-1) allowed three hits over seven shutout innings to help visiting Pittsburgh earn its first sweep of Chicago in four years.
DIAMONDBACKS 6, ASTROS 3
Dan Haren (4-1) allowed seven hits and struck out nine in his first complete game this season and Tony Abreu had four hits for visiting Arizona, which won three of four in the series.
DODGERS 7, BREWERS 3
After Jonathan Broxton (2-0) blew a 3-1 lead in the top of the ninth, Andre Ethier hit a grand slam in the bottom half of the inning off LaTroy Hawkins to lift Los Angeles over Milwaukee.
ORIOLES 2, TWINS 0
Ty Wigginton hit his 10th home run, just one short of his total last season, Brad Bergesen (2-2) allowed six hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings and three relievers finished the six-hitter to lead visiting Baltimore.
BLUE JAYS 2, WHITE SOX 0
Dana Eveland (3-1) allowed two hits in seven innings, Scott Downs pitched a spotless eighth and Kevin Gregg gave up a hit in the ninth to help visiting Toronto win its fifth straight.
RANGERS 13, ROYALS 12
Josh Hamilton and Vladimir Guerrero hit back-to-back homers in the eighth to lead host Texas over Kansas City, which got an RBI pinch-hit single by recent call-up Kila Ka'aihue, an 'Iolani alum.
RED SOX 11, ANGELS 6
Victor Martinez homered and drove in four runs, and Jeremy Hermida's two-run single gave host Boston a 6-4 lead it never lost in completing a four-game sweep of Los Angeles.
RAYS 8, MARINERS 0
Jeff Niemann (2-0) pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning and Carl Crawford finished a triple short of the cycle as visiting Tampa Bay completed a three-game sweep of Seattle.