Roy Halladay held
Houston to one unearned run en route to his 150th career win and 50th
complete game as the Phillies outlasted Roy Oswalt and the Astros 2-1
Beerleaguer: Phillies emerge on the winning side of an enjoyable pitching duel against the best pitcher they faced this season, managing a season-low six hits against a very sharp Oswalt in support of their own ace right-hander. Jimmy Rollins put the Phillies on the board with a lead-off homer, the first of two hits on the afternoon for the recharged catalyst. Raul Ibanez double and a nifty piece of situational hitting by Shane Victorino to hit behind the runner would set up Carlos Ruiz RBI groundout for the deciding run. Halladay, who was not especially overpowering, made 111 pitches, 83 for strikes, retiring the final nine batters using an effective hook and a crisp running fastball later in the contest. The 5-1 Phils return to Philadelphia for tomorrow's home opener with Washington with a fresh bullpen and several hitters feeling the flow. It's been an outstanding start for the hometown nine to say the least.