LOS ANGELES (AP) – Roy Halladay became the NL’s first 15-game winner, Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins each drove in two runs and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 on Monday night.
Shane Victorino homered as Philadelphia improved the majors’ best record to 75-40 and maintained its 8 1/2-game lead over Atlanta in the NL East.
Halladay (15-4) allowed a run and nine hits over 6 1-3 innings and struck out four.
The right-hander is 4-0 with a 2.22 ERA since his 6-1 loss at Wrigley Field, when he was forced out after four nnings because of heat exhaustion.
Ryan Madson got three outs for his 20th save in 21 chances.
Hiroki Kuroda (7-14) gave up four runs — three earned — and nine hits through 6 1-3 innings, making him 2-11 with a 3.16 ERA over his last 14 outings.
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