Roy Halladay (20-10) pitched seven effective innings in becoming the first Phillie in 28 years to win 20 games.
Beerleaguer: For second-straight night, a Phillies starter fought through a tight strikezone while the offense did what it needed to do against a rookie pitcher. Halladay lasted seven, but had his share of problems, allowing seven hits - many of them hard hits - while walking two and striking out three. To my eyes, he didn't seem to be in control the way we're accustomed to seeing. There's something that isn't quite the same lately. Meanwhile, Jayson Werth broke open the scoring with a huge three-run homer in the third, while Raul Ibanez's second double of the night knocked in the other pair later in the sixth. Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge were again sharp in locking down the eighth and ninth. For Lidge, it was his 25th save in 30 tries.
Roy Oswalt and Tommy Hanson are scheduled tomorrow when the scorching-hot Phils take aim at a six-game lead and 10-straight wins. Marching right along ...
Transaction: CSNPhilly's Jim Salisbury reports that the Phillies have signed a 16-year-old Dominican pitcher named Franklyn Zavala. The 6-4 lefty received a $330,000 signing bonus, Salisbury writes.