Preview: The Phillies haven't lost a road series since their interleague set in Seattle on June 19. They'll try for their ninth-straight road series win when they send Roy Halladay (15-5, 2.53) to the mound Sunday in DC. First pitch is 1:35 with Chien-Ming Wang (2-2, 4.41) scheduled for the Nationals. Halladay, of course, has never lost to the Nationals / Expos dating back to 2004. Doc took the complete-game loss his last start in a game that featured plenty of second guessing about Charlie Manuel's decision to let Halladay keep pitching the ninth. Statistically, Halladay is having his worst month; opponents are hitting .294 against Halladay in August, but his strikeout numbers have been solid (25 in 22 1-3 innings).
Standings: The Braves (75-52) have kept pace and continue to ride the hot bat of Dan Uggla, who homered twice in the Braves' 8-1 win over the Diamondbacks Saturday. They're tied with Milwaukee for the second-best record in the National League and are 7.5 games behind the Phils in the National League East. The Diamondbacks and Giants have each struggled on their roadtrips. Milwaukee is red hot right now.