Roy Halladay has regained his dominant form after having some initial difficulties upon returning from the disabled list.
The Philadelphia Phillies ace will try to keep heading in the right direction by winning a third consecutive start and extending the Miami Marlins ' lengthy scoreless streak in Wednesday's series finale.
Halladay (6-6, 3.80 ERA) spent nearly two months recovering from a strained right lat, and that rust perhaps showed as he went 0-1 with a 5.82 ERA in his first three starts back.
The right-hander, though, has gotten back on track by allowing one run, five hits and one walk over 15 innings in his two games this month. He gave up a solo homer and a single in eight innings of a 3-1 victory over St. Louis on Friday, fanning eight and walking none.
"I feel more in sync now than I did early on," Halladay said. "I had a hard time, I just didn't feel together. I didn't feel like everything was kind of clicking. More so the last two starts, I've felt like that's been better."
Halladay appears to have a good chance at another successful start Wednesday, considering he's 5-2 with a 2.09 ERA over his last 10 games against the Marlins. This will be his first start at the new Marlins Park, but he limited Miami to one run and five hits over seven innings during a 7-1 home victory April 11.
Halladay will match up with the struggling Mark Buehrle (9-11, 3.80). The left-hander is 0-3 with a 6.84 ERA over his last five starts after giving up four runs in six innings of Friday's 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers .
Buehrle, still trying to record double-digit wins for the 12th consecutive season, is 1-2 with a 4.42 ERA in three starts against Philadelphia this season but had a strong performance in the only one at home June 30. He gave up two runs over seven innings and struck out seven in that 3-2 victory.
The Marlins (52-65) will need to give him at least a little support to avoid being swept.
Philadelphia (54-62) recorded a 1-0 win Tuesday with Jimmy Rollins hitting a leadoff homer in his team-record 1,731st game at shortstop. The Phillies, who won Monday's series opener 4-0, have not allowed a run in a season-high 21 consecutive innings.
The Marlins, meanwhile, have tied a dubious franchise mark by going 27 innings since their last run. They also endured 27 straight scoreless frames Sept. 11-15, 1993, during their inaugural season.
"Our offense still couldn't get anything going," manager Ozzie Guillen told the team's official website. "I thought after the last couple guys pitching that today would be a little easier. I was wrong. ... A lot of swinging and missing. We really, offensively, we have to step it up."
The Marlins might get some help Wednesday from Jose Reyes , who is 12 for 32 (.375) all-time against Halladay.
The Phillies' Hector Luna hasn't played since being called up from the minors Monday, but he's 6 for 8 in his career against Buehrle.
|August 13, 2012||Nate Schierholtz||15-Day DL||Fractured right big toe|
|August 03, 2012||Carlos Ruiz||15-Day DL||Plantar fasciitis, left foot|
|July 23, 2012||Placido Polanco||15-Day DL||Lower back inflammation|
|July 09, 2012||Raul Valdes||15-Day DL||Strained right hip|
|July 09, 2012||Raul Valdes||15-Day DL||Strained right hip|
|June 25, 2012||Brian Schneider||15-Day DL||Sprained right ankle - out 3-5 weeks|
|August 04, 2012||Donnie Murphy||15-Day DL||Left hamstring strain|
|August 04, 2012||Emilio Bonifacio||15-Day DL||Sprained left thumb|
|August 03, 2012||Emilio Bonifacio||Day-to-Day||Left game - left thumb sprain|
|July 29, 2012||Logan Morrison||15-Day DL||Right knee inflammation|
|July 23, 2012||Juan Carlos Oviedo||15-Day DL||Right elbow sprain|
|July 08, 2012||Giancarlo Stanton||15-Day DL||Arthroscopic right knee surgery|
MIAMI (AP) -- Roy Halladay stood behind the mound fuming as Greg Dobbs circled the bases, then slammed his resin bag to the dirt with fastball force.
Dobbs' home run was the biggest hit during an offensive outburst Wednesday afternoon by the Miami Marlins , who scored for the first time in 31 innings to beat Halladay and the Philadelphia Phillies 9-2.
Dobbs singled in a run to end the Marlins' scoring drought, then hit a homer in the sixth that put them ahead to stay.
"They are going to score some runs," Phils manager Charlie Manuel said. "The law of averages will catch up to you."
Mark Buehrle (10-11) achieved the 10-win milestone on his sixth try, extending his streak reaching double digits in victories to 12 consecutive years. The left-hander allowed two runs in seven innings.
"The rest of the starters were giving me a hard time because we finally scored on my time - `It must be nice to get some runs,"' Buehrle said. "It's always nice to get some early runs."
Miami ended a franchise-record scoring drought after 30 innings, including three consecutive shutout losses, when Dobbs hit an RBI single in the fourth. He put Miami ahead 3-2 when he homered off a Halladay changeup.
"I really just left it up a little bit," Halladay said. "It's kind of one I want back. Really that was kind of the big one."
The homer was just the fourth for Dobbs.
"He's not a home run hitter," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "That was something we were not expecting."
Giancarlo Stanton had two hits, scored once and drove in a run. Austin Kearns added a two-run pinch-hit single in Miami's six-run eighth, and Bryan Petersen hit a two-run double.
Ryan Webb completed a five-hitter by pitching the ninth for the last-place Marlins, who went 2-4 on their homestand.
Ty Wigginton hit his 10th homer and drove in both runs for the Phillies.
Halladay (6-7) was backed by a lineup sprinkled with reserves. He allowed three runs in seven innings, while Buehrle was just a bit better.
"Any time you go against a guy like that, you have to be on your A game," Buehrle said. "Everything was working. I felt good. I got outs, and that's all that matters."
The game was only the 12th between starting pitchers who had thrown perfect games, so it was no surprise runs were hard to come by early.
Carlos Lee scored the Marlins' first run after he walked on a 3-2 pitch. Halladay and catcher Erik Kratz lost track of the count and appealed, and plate umpire Chad Fairchild's crew checked with the press box.
"Kratzy and I both thought there were three balls," Halladay said. "They weren't 100 percent sure, and that was a little bit surprising. Kratzy asked him and he said, `Well, I think it's four, but I'm not quite sure,' and they asked the first base umpire and he said, `Well, I think it's four, but I'm not sure either.'
"So they ended up calling upstairs to find out. It was weird. Maybe one of them was close or something and that's what threw us off, but they weren't 100 percent either, so that was odd."
Lee went to third on a double by Stanton and scored on Dobbs' single. Donovan Solano followed with a sacrifice fly.
Dobbs had three hits and improved his lifetime average against Halladay to .583 (7 for 12).
Stanton singled home a run in the eighth off B.J. Rosenberg, who gave up three runs.
Notes: Marlins CF Justin Ruggiano left the game in the fourth inning when he aggravated a lower back strain. His status is day to day, and he'll sit out Thursday. ... Of the Phils' past 32 homers, 23 have been solo shots. ... Phillies LHP Cliff Lee is scheduled to start Thursday at Milwaukee. He's 0-1 with a 5.54 ERA in four starts against the Brewers. ... Miami's John Buck struck out three times and is batting .120 in day games.