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After an inconsistent night for the Phillies bullpen on Tuesday a Roy Halladay start was just the medicine for a staff that needed a bit of a break. The Phillies ace had his second complete game of the season as the Phils topped NL East rival Atlanta 2-0 Wednesday night at Turner Field.
Halladay (4-0) allowed only five hits on 113 pitches including seven strikeouts for the Phillies as he breezed to his 51st complete game of his career. Halladay has pitched no less then seven innings an outing in his first season in the NL.
Halladay retired the first 11 batters he faced before Chipper Jones hit a double to left field in the bottom of the fourth. The biggest jam he faced was the in bottom of the seventh as he sat with the bases loaded and one out after walking Braves rookie Jason Heyward but proceeded to jam Yunel Escobar to hit into a 4-6-3 double-play to end the inning.
Halladay was backed up buy a strong night from the Phillies' bats, led by Jayson Werth who went 2-4 with two doubles and an RBI.
The first run for the Philes was by left fielder Raul Ibanez who scored Werth on a ground-rule double in the second inning. This came after Werth hit a line drive double to left field for his first hit of the night.
Werth's second double of the night came with one out in the top of the sixth that scored Ryan Howard for what would be the winning run of the game.
For the Braves the loss went to Tim Hudson who went six innings and gave up the two Phillies runs. Hudson struck out five and walked two batters en-route to his first loss of the season.
The Phils will complete their first series with Atlanta tomorrow as 47 year old Jamie Moyer takes the hill for the Phillies. Moyer is 1-1 and will take on Braves ace Derek Lowe who is 3-0 this season. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.
Third Baseman Placido Polanco left the game in the bottom of the seventh after suffering a left elbow contusion.