PHILADELPHIA – With offense like this, Roy Halladay doesn’t have to be his old self.
John Mayberry Jr. hit a two-run homer and Ryan Howard and Erik Kratz had solo shots to back Halladay, helping the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 12-5 on Monday night.
Halladay (7-7) wasn’t sharp, giving up five runs and 10 hits in seven innings. But the offense bailed out the two-time Cy Young Award winner.
It’s always kind of ironic when you think you’re not catching breaks, we put up a bunch of runs, Halladay said. That was one of our best offensive games of the year from the standpoint it seemed everybody was involved and it wasn’t one or two guys.
Domonic Brown hit a go-ahead two-run double off Mike Leake (5-8) in a four-run fifth. Mayberry had three hits and three RBI, Chase Utley, Howard and Kratz each drove in two and Juan Pierre had three hits and three runs.
The Phillies have won seven straight over the Reds and 12 of 13, dating to 2010. This was their first meeting this season.
The NL-Central leading Reds lost for just the third time in 11 games.
The five-time defending NL East champions have won three straight, but are eight games under .500.
After the Reds took a 5-4 lead in the fifth, the Phillies answered in the bottom half.
Pierre singled and scored on Utley’s RBI double. After Howard was intentionally walked, Mayberry ripped an RBI single to tie it. Brown followed with a shot down the line that scored two to chase Leake and give Philadelphia a 7-5 lead.
Leake gave up seven runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings.
The goal is to keep the lead, but they hit me well, Leake said.
Utley hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth and Mayberry connected off Jose Arredondo to extend the lead to 10-5.
I saw the ball pretty well and always helps to get good pitches to hit, Mayberry said. Just getting in there and getting your timing together is always going to help you.