After three straight promising starts, Roy Halladay threw a clunker on Tuesday night.
And so did Chad Durbin and Raul Valdes.
Halladay lasted just 3 2/3 innings and yielded eight earned runs as the Phillies were steamrolled by the home run-happy Indians, 14-2. Halladay served up three dingers, while Durbin and Valdes had no better luck. The two relievers surrendered two long balls apiece, giving the Indians seven total home runs in a laugher against the Phillies.
Tuesday marked just the fourth time since 1916 that the Phillies had given up seven home runs in a game.
For Halladay, it was trouble out of the gate.
The right-hander, who came in with a 1.71 ERA over his last three outings — all of which were quality starts — allowed a pair of two-run home runs in the opening frame. The first, Halladay left a 2-1 curveball up in the zone to Carlos Santana, who hooked it deep just inside the right-field foul pole. Then, Mark Reynolds saw a 1-0 cutter and lined it for an opposite-field home run to make it 4-0.
Prior to the Indians' four-run outburst in the first, Halladay had given up just four earned runs in his previous 21 innings.
Halladay bounced back with two quick innings, but ran into his exit in the fourth. Lonnie Chisenhall hit another Clevelend two-run shot with no outs before Asdrubal Cabrera ended Halladay's night with a two-run single.
Halladay's poor effort Tuesday was his first start since May of 2000 that he allowed eight or more earned runs in less than four innings.
Two positives for the Phillies — if that's possible in a 14-2 loss — were Delmon Young and Chase Utley.
Young, making his Phillies debut as the team's DH, laced a home run to right-center in his first at-bat of 2013. He finished the night 2 for 3 with a hit by pitch.
Young's bat was never a question mark. His fielding? That's a different story. Charlie Manuel said he'll likely start in right field Wednesday night. The last time Young was a regular rightfielder was in 2007 with the Rays.
Meanwhile, Utley notched his fifth home run of the season and 19th RBI — both team highs.
Cliff Lee takes the mound Wednesday against his former club. It's the second and final game of this short series in Cleveland.
If Lee can't fare significantly better than the Tuesday trio of Halladay, Durbin and Valdes, the Phillies (12-15) will be happy it's a short stay. They come back home to face the 8-19 Marlins for four games.