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PHI@SD: Doc strikes out five over seven solid frames

SAN DIEGO -- The Phillies' struggling offense was unable to help them overcome a rare off night by Roy Halladay.

As a result, the Phillies' 13-game winning streak at Petco Park is over. It was the longest active streak for a visiting team at any ballpark.

Halladay allowed two runs in seven innings in the Phillies' 5-1 loss to the Padres on Saturday night. He struck out five, but walked four -- including three in a row in the second inning, when the Padres (4-12) scored their first run on a groundout with the bases loaded.

It was the first time in Halladay's career he has issued three consecutive walks.

"It was just one of those things, couple close pitches," said Halladay, who falls to 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA. "They took some close pitches there. I didn't put the ball where I wanted. I felt good. I felt good all the way through mechanic-wise."

Halladay also finished with one of the Phillies' three hits. The others were a single by Placido Polanco to lead off the fourth and a Ty Wigginton double that scored the team's run in the ninth.

Padres starter Cory Luebke (2-1) threw a career-high eight innings. He allowed two hits, struck out five and walked two.

"He was aggressive," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said about Luebke. "He definitely used his fastball. We didn't hit too many balls hard. We hit probably about three or four balls hard."

The Phillies (7-8) have scored seven runs in three games heading into the series finale on Sunday.

"We're 15 games in. We've got a long, long, long ways to go," Manuel said. "I've seen teams, a couple guys start getting hot and start hitting the ball good, and then generate some runs."

The Phillies avoided their third shutout loss when Jimmy Rollins scored in the ninth. He drew a walk against closer Huston Street, moved to second and third on defensive indifference and scored on Wigginton's double.

"Sometimes, there's just no answers," Rollins said about the offense. "We're in that area right now where I don't have any answers."

The Padres went ahead 2-0 against Halladay in the third. Chase Headley and Nick Hundley hit back-to-back, two-out singles before Yonder Alonso drove in a run on a double for the Padres' third consecutive hit against Halladay.

"He's a great pitcher who has a lot of history," Alonso said of Halladay. "He's a guy I can talk to my kids about [someday] and say I had a double and an RBI and a walk against him."

The Padres were able to capitalize on Halladay's unusually wild night.

"We had good at-bats throughout the night," Padres manager Bud Black said. "I like the way our guys showed focus and concentration. Roy's never erratic. It seems like the last few years he's been on his game. We saw some good takes all the way through the lineup, and we didn't expand the zone."

Halladay said he can't pitch with a small margin of error despite the Phillies' offensive struggles.

"You gotta do your best to keep yourself in it as much as you can every inning and give your team a chance to win, especially as a starter," Halladay said.

Halladay said he had no issues throwing to catcher Brian Schneider. Regular catcher Carlos Ruiz was out with a sore left wrist.

"He did a great job," Halladay said. "For not throwing to a guy that long, we had no sign issues, no pitch selection issues."

The Padres scored three runs in the eighth against reliever Michael Stutes. Jason Bartlett's double gave the Padres a 3-0 lead, scoring Cameron Maybin, who walked and stole second. Orlando Hudson's triple pushed the lead to 4-0, and Jesus Guzman's single drove him home to make it 5-0.

The Phillies left the bases loaded against Luebke in the fourth inning. Polanco led off with his aforementioned single, Rollins reached on an error, and Wigginton drew a two-out walk. But Freddy Galvis flew out to end the frame.

The Phillies were unable to provide Halladay with run support.

"He pitched good enough to win a game," Manuel said. "He can't throw shutouts all the time, and he's not going to. That's baseball. We just didn't score runs." Comments