PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Padres gave Roy Halladay more trouble than another hot day did.
Not that it matters.
The Padres touched him for hits in each of the first five innings, moved runners into scoring position in three of them, and even scored three runs. It just could have been more.
The Padres wasted plenty of early chances against Halladay and lost their third straight game to the Phillies, 5-3 on Sunday.
``It was a little frustrating because we had a chance to get him out earlier in the game,' Padres third baseman Chase Headley said.
Halladay (12-4) had trouble pitching in the heat and humidity in his last start at Chicago and left after four-plus innings. It was 94 degrees for the first pitch Sunday, and he labored through the first five innings. He struck out eight, allowed three runs and eight hits in eight innings, and didn't get the side in order until the sixth.
But he finished with a flourish, retiring the last 10 batters.
``A lot of people had questions after what happened in Chicago,' first baseman Ryan Howard said. ``He went out and he showed everybody.'
Halladay joined teammate Cole Hamels and Atlanta's Jair Jurrjens as the National League's 12-game winners. He said he had a stomach bug in the days leading to his outing, and was otherwise ``over it.'
``I haven't had a problem with that in the past,' Halladay said. ``It just snuck up and got me. I wasn't worried about it happening again.'
Halladay is a main reason why the Phillies (64-36) are a season-high 28 games over .500. The Phillies have won nine straight series and will go for a four-game sweep Monday.
They put up some big numbers against the Padres. The Phillies have won 10 straight against San Diego. It's the Phillies' longest win streak against the Padres since a franchise-best 11-game streak May 23, 2004-July 4, 2006.
``We hit with them, but they got big hits,' Padres manager Bud Black said. ``They got the knocks when it counted and we didn't.'
Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz each had two RBIs to lead the Phillies to their fifth straight win.
Halladay, who threw 116 pitches, fought off his poor outing and a slow start to this one and continued to pound away at the Padres. Manager Charlie Manuel could tell Halladay was determined to go deep into the game and prove what happened against the Cubs was nothing but a one-start aberration. He closed in on 100 pitches through five, then relied more on his curve and breezed through San Diego's lineup over the final three.
Halladay gave up a pair of runs in the fourth that cut Philadelphia's lead to 5-3. That's the way it stayed the rest of the game because Halladay only got better the deeper he went. He fanned Kyle Phillips to end the fifth and didn't allow another runner.
``He could smell the finish line,' Manuel said.
Antonio Bastardo worked a scoreless ninth for his eighth save and helped Philadelphia beat the Padres for a 10th straight time.
On the day senior adviser Pat Gillick went into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Philadelphia continued its push for a fifth straight NL East title.
Shane Victorino's RBI single and Ibanez's run-scoring double off Tim Stauffer (6-7) in the first made it 2-1. Ruiz added a two-RBI double in third for a 5-1 lead at the same time Gillick was giving his speech in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Stauffer allowed five runs and eight runs in 5 2-3 innings.
The Phillies nearly extended their lead in the seventh when Ibanez hit a shot to the 398-foot spot in center. Chris Denorfia, in the game after Cameron Maybin left with a left hip flexor strain, sprinted with his back to home place. He twisted his body at the last second and extended his arm over the short wall to rob Ibanez.
Ibanez had a bitter look on his face as he rounded first.
Phillies fans recognized Denorfia's great catch with a nice ovation. Some fans even stood.
Fans can afford to be polite to the opposition this year the way the Phillies are rolling.
Notes: Maybin said he didn't want to leave the game, but doesn't know if he'll play Monday. ... Stauffer's streak of eight consecutive quality starts ended. He dropped to 0-2 with a 10.29 ERA in four starts against the Phillies.
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