PHILADELPHIA — Roy Halladay went to bed thinking he would be facing minor-league hitters Sunday before a late-night call woke him with a change of plans. The Diamondbacks hitters probably wish that his phone was on silent.
Halladay pitched six strong innings in his return from the disabled list and John Mayberry Jr. homered to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 9-5 victory over Arizona on Sunday.
Cody Asche had two hits with a double and two runs batted in and Roger Bernadina had two RBI for the Phillies, who have won six of their last eight games.
“I felt good and feel like each time out it’s getting better,” Halladay said. “I’m getting stronger and looking forward to continuing to build.”
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Halladay (3-4), who was working back from midseason right shoulder surgery and making his first start since May 5, originally was going to pitch his third minor-league rehab start on Sunday but was pressed into action when Sunday’s original starter, Tyler Cloyd, was one of 11 Philadelphia pitchers used in Saturday’s record-setting, 7-hour, 6-minute marathon.
The teams combined for 137 at-bats, 35 hits, 32 strikeouts and 28 walks. Both teams used 22 of their available 25 players, with only three starting pitchers for each going unused.
• All-Star right-hander Josh Beckett, a cornerstone of the Dodgers’ blockbuster trade with Boston a year ago, has declared himself ahead of schedule after thoracic outlet syndrome surgery and expects to be ready for the start of spring training.
“ There’s still some hurdles to get over, but I feel really good for where I’m at,” Beckett said. “We were looking at eight weeks before I started throwing again, and I beat that by about two weeks.”