Halladay throws complete game, Phils edge Nats 3-2

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay throws during the third inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

April 13, 2011 7:12:21 PM PDT
At his dominant best until a shaky ninth inning, Roy Halladay held on to throw his first complete game of 2011, leading the Philadelphia Phillies past the Washington Nationals 3-2 Wednesday night.

Through eight shutout innings, Halladay (2-0) allowed only a pair of singles by Adam LaRoche, who talked his way back into Washington's lineup despite a hurt groin. In the ninth, Halladay allowed four hits, including RBI singles by Laynce Nix and Danny Espinosa.

With two on, the two-time Cy Young Award winner ended the game by throwing six strikes in a row to fan pinch-hitter Matt Stairs and Ivan Rodriguez, who argued the game-ending call at length.

Halladay had nine strikeouts and two walks.

John Lannan (1-1) is 0-9 against Philadelphia.