philadelphia – Nearly an hour after going the distance again, Roy Halladay walked over to reporters with ice on his arm and sweat dripping from his forehead.
Maybe it’s his postgame workouts that make Halladay such a workhorse on the mound.
Halladay pitched his major league-best seventh complete game this season, and Greg Dobbs hit a two-run homer as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves, 3-1, on Monday night.
“He pitched a super game,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “He’s a horse.”
Halladay (10-7) allowed five hits and struck out seven to record his second straight complete game. The All-Star right-hander outdueled Derek Lowe (9-7) and needed just 93 pitches to finish.
Then he really broke a sweat on the stationary bike and doing arm exercises.
“Just getting the blood moving,” Halladay said.
Chipper Jones homered for the NL East-leading Braves.
The two-time NL champion Phillies, who lost three of four to lowly Pittsburgh over the weekend, need to win this three-game series to avoid losing more ground in the division. They’re 17-23 in the last 40 games and trail Atlanta by four games.
Lowe allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings, striking out six. The sinkerballer gave up only two flyouts.
“Lowe pitched another great game. Again we didn’t score any runs for him,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said.
Lowe was cruising until Jayson Werth hit a one-out single in the sixth. Dobbs, a former Seattle Mariner, hit the next pitch into the seats in right-center for his second homer and a 2-1 lead.
Dobbs used to be a top pinch-hitter for Philadelphia, but was outrighted to Triple-A last month because he’s struggled badly in that role.