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08/24/2011 01:54 EDT | Updated 10/24/2011 05:12 EDT

NL Roundup: A look at Tuesday's games

Roy Halladay will remember this latest victory more for his swing.

The right-hander allowed a pair of hits in seven innings and drove in three runs with the second double of his career on Tuesday night, leading the Phillies to a 9-0 victory over a Cincinnati Reds team that can't figure out what to do against Philadelphia.

Halladay came to bat in the sixth with the bases loaded and lined a down-the-middle slider the opposite way into the right-field corner.

"I couldn't tell you where it was," Halladay said. "I'm guessing it was down the middle or I couldn't have hit it."

His awkward swing produced his first RBIs of the season and ended Reds starter Bronson Arroyo's outing. The right-hander fell to 1-7 career against the Phillies.

The Phillies improved to 5-1 against the Reds this season and 19-6 lately. They swept their three-game division series last season, which started with Halladay throwing the second post-season no-hitter in history.

"We're basically like we always have been," manager Charlie Manuel said. "We play out the game. We stay with it."

Elsewhere in the NL it was: Washington 9 Atlanta 2; Florida 6 New York 0; Houston 8 Pittsburgh 2; St. Louis 2 Milwaukee 1; Arizona 9 Colorado 4; Los Angeles 8 San Diego 5; and Chicago 5 San Francisco 2.

At Cincinnati, Halladay (16-5) gave up Brandon Phillips' leadoff single in the first inning, then dominated the team he no-hit in the playoffs last season. His bases-loaded double in the sixth inning off Arroyo (8-11) made it 6-0.

It was especially pleasing for Halladay, given the way he's been rained on the last few weeks. He pitched only twice during a 21-day stretch because of rainouts, the most recent one last Saturday, and was a little concerned about how it would affect him.

"I don't know what the word is — it's one of those things you can't control," said Halladay, who threw 108 pitches. "You're trying to get into a rhythm and it makes it difficult.

"I felt fresh. I felt like my location early on wasn't great. I got into a rhythm as the game went on."

So did the rest of the Phillies.

Ryan Howard hit two of the Phillies' four homers, giving him 29 for the season. He also reached 100 RBIs for the sixth straight year, a team record. Howard had been tied with Hall of Famer Chuck Klein for consecutive 100-RBI seasons.

Raul Ibanez returned from a strained groin and had a two-run homer among his three hits. Hunter Pence also hit a solo homer off Arroyo, who has given up the most in the majors.

Any thoughts of another no-hitter for Halladay were dismissed on his second pitch. Phillips singled to right field, extending his hitting streak to 13 games, the longest by a Red this season. The Reds wouldn't get another hit until Toronto native Joey Votto doubled in the seventh. Halladay walked two, hit one batter and fanned nine.

"Halladay wasn't sharp early," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He threw a lot of pitches. It's always a game changer when you get on a guy like that early."

Cincinnati couldn't do it. The Reds managed four hits while getting blanked for the seventh time. Philadelphia's 18 shutouts lead the majors.

Howard connected off Arroyo in the fourth. Pence hit a chest-high pitch for a homer that started the rally in the sixth. Arroyo has given up 36 homers, the most ever by a Reds right-hander. Left-hander Eric Milton holds the franchise record of 40 homers allowed.

Nationals 9 Braves 2

At Atlanta, Ryan Zimmerman had three hits, including a three-run home run, and Washington hit four homers to beat Jair Jurrjens and the Braves.

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Marlins 6 Mets 0

At New York, Javier Vazquez allowed only three singles in seven sharp innings for his first win in more than a month and Florida broke out of its funk with a five-run seventh to beat the Mets.

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Astros 8 Pirates 2

At Houston, rookie Henry Sosa allowed two hits and struck out seven over six innings, Matt Downs got his league-leading 12th pinch-hit RBI and the Astros beat Pittsburgh.

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Cardinals 2 Brewers 1

At Milwaukee, Edwin Jackson pitched seven solid innings and singled home the go-ahead run to help St. Louis beat the Brewers.

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Diamondbacks 9 Rockies 4

At Phoenix, Miguel Montero and Justin Upton each homered and drove in three runs, helping the Diamondbacks beat the Rockies to tie a team record with their 11th straight home win.

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Dodgers 8 Padres 5

At Los Angeles, Andre Ethier's grand slam capped an eight-run second inning that included six walks by Tim Stauffer — three with the bases-loaded — to help the Dodgers beat San Diego.

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Cubs 5 Giants 2

At San Francisco, Alfonso Soriano drove in two runs and hit one of the longest homers at AT&T Park, leading the Cubs to a win over the Giants.

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