PHILADELPHIA (AP) — For just one inning, Roy Halladay couldn't find the strike zone. The way his teammates were hitting in every inning, it didn't matter.
Carlos Ruiz had three hits and three RBIs and rookie Cesar Hernandez reached base four times, scored twice and drove in two runs as the Philadelphia Phillies rode a six-run first inning to a 10-5 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night.
"Big offensive night," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "The top four guys in the lineup, there was a lot of action up there with some big hits."
Halladay was in line for the win for the Phillies but couldn't get through the fifth inning after walking four straight batters and committing a throwing error. In his fourth start since coming off the disabled list on Aug. 25, Halladay gave up five runs — four earned — and four hits, striking out six and walking a season-high five in 4 2-3 innings.
Five Philadelphia relievers held San Diego hitless over the final four innings to lead the Phillies to their fifth victory in their last six games. Justin De Fratus (3-3) was credited with the win after getting out of the fifth-inning jam.
Chase Utley added two RBIs and Freddy Galvis and Kevin Frandsen collected two hits apiece for the Phillies, who took the rubber game of the three-game series in front of 29,986 rain-soaked fans watching two teams already eliminated from playoff contention.
"I just kind of lost my base in the fifth inning," Halladay said. "For the most part, we were right where we wanted to be. Then in that fifth inning, it just kind of disappeared from me."
Tommy Medica, who homered in his major league debut on Wednesday, led San Diego with two hits, including the infield hit that drove in a run and knocked Halladay out of the game in the fifth.
For Halladay, who's still trying to work his way back following midseason shoulder surgery, it was a frustrating end to a night that started with a lot of promise. The two-time Cy Young Award winner had his start pushed back a day because he had the flu and said it "felt like Christmas morning" when he woke up Thursday and knew he was taking the mound.
"I realize I'm coming off surgery," Halladay said. "But I've worked extra hard to get back here and pitch - and not only pitch but be successful. So it's personally frustrating when I'm not able to do what I want to do."