CINCINNATI (AP) - Roy Halladay allowed a pair of hits in seven
innings and drove in three runs with the second double of his
career on Tuesday night, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 9-0
victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
Halladay (16-5) gave up Brandon Phillips' leadoff single in the
first inning, then dominated the team he no-hit in the playoffs
last season. His bases-loaded double in the sixth inning off
Bronson Arroyo (8-11) made it 6-0.
Ryan Howard hit two of the Phillies' four homers, giving him 29
for the season. He also reached 100 RBIs for the sixth straight
year, a team record.
Howard had been tied with Hall of Famer Chuck Klein for
consecutive 100-RBI seasons.
Raul Ibanez returned from a strained groin and had a two-run
homer among his three hits. Hunter Pence also hit a solo homer off
Arroyo, who has given up the most in the majors.
The Phillies improved to 5-1 against the Reds this season and
19-6 lately. They swept their three-game division series last
season, which started with Halladay throwing the second postseason
no-hitter in history.
When he gets together with the Reds, memorable things tend to
Any thoughts of another no-hitter were dismissed on his second
pitch. Phillips singled to right field, extending his hitting
streak to 13 games, the longest by a Red this season. The Reds
wouldn't get another hit until Joey Votto doubled in the seventh.
Halladay walked two, hit one batter and fanned nine.
Cincinnati managed four hits while getting blanked for the
seventh time. Philadelphia's 18 shutouts lead the majors.
Halladay will remember this one for his swing.
He came to bat in the sixth with the bases loaded and lined a
down-the-middle pitch the opposite way into the right-field corner.
His awkward swing produced his first RBIs of the season and ended
Arroyo's outing. The right-hander fell to 1-7 career against the
Howard connected off Arroyo in the fourth. Pence hit a
chest-high pitch for a homer that started the rally in the sixth.
Arroyo has given up 36 homers, the most ever by a Reds
right-hander. Left-hander Eric Milton holds the franchise record of
40 homers allowed.