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Halladay and Johnson Both Sharp, But Rollins Error Helps Marlins Edge Phillies 2-1

The much hyped pitching duel between Roy Halladay and Josh Johnson was was pretty much as advertised. Johnson lasted seven innings and gave up just one run, a solo shot to Ryan Howard. Halladay went the full nine also giving up just one earned run while striking out nine. However, he does the the hard luck loss while Johnson failed to get a decision.

Halladay had been cruising into the 8th inning retiring 13 straight before a Jimmy Rollins error put Omar Infante on base. A wild pitched moved him to second and a Chris Coghlan single put the Marlins up for good.

It's not as if the Phillies didn't have their chances. They loaded the bases with nobody out in the second, but failed to plate a run. Then they were able to load the bases again in the third, but again failed to score. In all, the Phillies stranded 10 men on base.

This was Roy Halladay's first loss to a division opponent since June of last year. Shane Victorino has now hit safely in 13 straight games.