Series: Game 3 of 3

Philadelphia won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, April 12
in 10
Game 2: Saturday, April 13
Game 3: Sunday, April 14

Phillies 2

(6-6, 3-3 away)

Marlins 1

(2-10, 1-5 home)

    Coverage:  FXFL

    1:10 PM ET, April 14, 2013

    Marlins Park, Miami, Florida 

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    W: R. Halladay (1-2)

    L: J. Rauch (0-2)

    S: J. Papelbon (3)

    Roy Halladay earns 200th career win as Phillies edge Marlins

    Associated Press

    MIAMI -- Roy Halladay found a remedy for his early-season woes -- the Miami Marlins.

    Halladay earned his 200th career victory Sunday, bouncing back from consecutive poor outings to pitch eight innings and help the Philadelphia Phillies beat the offensively challenged Marlins 2-1.

    Halladay (1-2) allowed five hits, walked one and lowered his ERA from 14.73 to 7.63. He was facing a Miami team ranked last in the majors in runs and home runs and playing without Giancarlo Stanton, sidelined by a bruised left shoulder.

    "Stanton wasn't in there, and offensively they haven't been as good," Halladay said. "But I feel like if I can make pitches confidently and make them early in the count, I can be successful."

    That's what Halladay did against the Marlins (2-10), who have scored only 20 runs all season.

    The victory counted, just the same. Halladay's the 109th pitcher to reach the 200-win milestone, and the first to do so in a Phillies uniform since Hall of Famer Steve Carlton in 1978.

    The low-key Halladay received a celebratory bottle of champagne from the Phillies but said he didn't whoop it up.

    "I want to win a World Series," he said. "That's why I'm here. The personal milestones are great. My son, my wife, my family -- they're all excited about it. But for me the ultimate goal is to get to the playoffs and win a World Series. When that happens, I'm going to go in the back room and yell."

    Laynce Nix, batting for Halladay, broke a 1-all tie with his second pinch-hit homer of the season in the ninth inning.

    Rocky efforts in Halladay's two previous starts raised doubts about the future of the two-time Cy Young Award winner, who went only 11-8 and battled injuries in 2012.

    "More than anything, I had been putting a lot of pressure on myself," he said. "In the past I tried to control too much and do too much and worry about too much."

    Today the plan was simpler -- execute pitches one at a time, and not worry about what's going on, and it made a big difference."

    Halladay struck out only two, but he walked just one and threw only 87 pitches.

    "He was good. Real good. Better," manager Charlie Manuel said.

    Manuel said the performance shouldn't be discounted just because it came against the short-handed Marlins.

    "They can beat you," he said. "I'm sure they're going to play hard, and they'll beat some people you don't think they might beat."

    The Marlins managed to win one of three games in the series even though they totaled just four runs. They're batting .204 with 17 extra-base hits, including two homers, and their slugging percentage is .262.

    With runners in scoring position they're batting .174. They went 1 for 6 against Halladay in those situations.

    "They got the big hit, and we didn't," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.

    Stanton sat out for third consecutive game. He said he won't play Monday but might return later in the week.

    Outfielder Austin Kearns was scratched from the Miami lineup and taken to a hospital with an irregular heartbeat. He was held for observation overnight.

    Philadelphia couldn't muster much offense either, until Nix batted with one out in the ninth and homered into the upper deck in right field off Jon Rauch (0-2). It was the seventh run batted in by a Phils pinch hitter.

    Jonathan Papelbon pitched around a leadoff walk in the ninth for his third save in as many chances. That gave the victory to Halladay, who leads all active pitchers with a winning percentage of .662 (200-102).

    Among those active, only the New York Yankees' Andy Pettitte has more victories with 247.

    Miami's lone run scored in the seventh, and a baserunning blunder allowed Halladay to escape further damage. Rob Brantly misjudged a routine fly, and after the ball was caught he was doubled off second to end the inning.

    "We can't make those kinds of mistakes," Redmond said. "Those things can't happen."

    Brantly declined to talk to reporters.

    Game notes

    Phils SS Jimmy Rollins was given a rest and held out of the lineup after starting the first 11 games. ... The retractable roof was closed on an 87-degree afternoon. ... Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez is the first pitcher 20 or younger to allow less than two runs and less than four hits in each of his first two career starts since Rudy May of the Angels in 1965, according to STATS LLC. ... LHP Cliff Lee (2-0, 1.08) is scheduled to start for the Phils when they open a series Monday at Cincinnati against Bronson Arroyo (1-1, 5.25).

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumMarlins Park, Miami, FL
    Attendance21,412 (57.2% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:40
    UmpiresHome Plate - Chris Guccione, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Ron Kulpa

    Research Notes

    The Marlins are the 6th team since 1900 to lose at least 10 of their first 12 games and score 20 or fewer runs in the first 12 games. The others: 1907 Brooklyn Superbas, 1966 Royals, 1968 White Sox, 1988 Orioles, 2004 Expos.
    Roy Halladay is the 5th player to earn win number 200 in a Phillies uniform... of the previous 4 pitchers, 3 of them are Hall of Famers -- Steve Carlton, Robin Roberts and Chief Bender
    With the win, Roy Halladay becomes the second active pitcher to reach 200 career wins, joining Andy Pettitte. Doc has won nearly two-thirds of his career decisions, the best rate by any active pitcher with at least 100 starts.
    After posting an ERA north of 14 in his first two starts, Roy Halladay bounced back Sunday against the Marlins.

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