Reporting Byron Kerr
The Phillies’ Roy Halladay was as advertised and the Nationals lefty John Lannan hung with him for awhile, but Philadelphia got to him in the fifth inning and won 3-2.
The Phillies scored all their runs in the fourth and fifth frames.
Jimmy Rollins reached base on an Ian Desmond error in the fourth inning and came around to score. Then in the fifth, the Phillies smacked three base hits sandwiched around a fielder’s choice and one of Lannan’s three free passes to plate two runs and that was more than enough for the masterful Halladay.
Halladay (2-0) settled for a still dominant complete game six-hitter, with two walks and nine strikeouts. His consecutive scoreless innings streak against the Nationals came to an end after 30 innings.
The Nationals got something going in the ninth inning, scoring twice. Rick Ankiel slapped a leadoff double in the 9th. Jayson Werth had the other single. But Halladay struck out Adam LaRoche. Laynce Nix followed with an RBI single that ruined the shutout bid and Danny Espinosa slapped a seeing eye single to plate another run. But in dramatic fashion, Halladay got Matt Stairs and Ivan Rodriguez called out on strikes.
LaRoche did have two singles early off of Halladay in his return to the lineup.
Lannan (1-1) went six innings and scattered six hits, but allowed three runs, two earned, with three walks and three strikeouts, including a hit batter.
The Nationals send righty Jordan Zimmermann to the hill against lefty Cliff Lee in the series finale Thursday night. Nyjer Morgan and the Milwaukee Brewers arrive Friday.