x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

MLB: 200 wins for Halladay as Phillies edge nervy encouner against Marlins

The Philadelphia pitcher became the first player in 35 years to reach 200 wins with his side - but insisted winning a World Series means more to him than entering the record books.

Philadelphia Phillies' Roy Halladay pitches against Miami.
Philadelphia Phillies' Roy Halladay pitches against Miami.

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay picked up the 200th win of his Major League career in a 2-1 success against the Miami Marlins.

Halladay allowed five hits and one earned run in eight innings before Lance Nix's homer in the top of the ninth earned a tense victory.

The result means the pitcher is the first to reach the 200-win milestone in a Phillies uniform since Steve Carlton achieved that accolade in 1987 the 109th pitcher to reach the 200-win milestone, and the first to do so in a Phillies uniform since Hall of Famer Steve Carlton in 1978.

"I want to win a World Series," he said. "That's why I'm here.

"The personal milestones are great. My son, my wife, my family - they're all excited about it. But for me the ultimate goal is to get to the playoffs and win a World Series. When that happens, I'm going to go in the back room and yell."

Elsewhere in the National League East, the Atlanta Braves moved out to a league-high 11-1 record after thumping the Washington Nationals 9-0.

Atlanta already led 3-0 before home runs from Justin Upton and Andrelton Simmons in the third inning stretched their lead to seven, and two more runs followed in the sixth, while Paul Maholm pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings.

The match between the New York Mets and the Minnesota Twins was washed out and postponed to August 19.

NL West leaders the San Francisco Giants won a thriller against the Chicago Cubs, 10-7 after 10 innings.

Hunter Pence belted the game-tying homer in the ninth and Hector Sanchez strolled in for the go-ahead run after Shawn Camp balked on a pitch.

Paul Goldschmidt's walk-off single earned the Arizona Diamondbacks a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers and denied Josh Beckett a full-game shutout, while the Colorado Rockies completed a series sweep with a 2-1 win over the San Diego Padres.

Off the field, the Dodgers announced that Carlos Quentin has dropped his appeal against an eight-game ban imposed for sparking a mass brawl in Thursday's clash with the Padres. He will miss the coming week's three-game series against the same opposition.

The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 10-7 to move within one game of NL Central leaders the St Louis Cardinals, who lost 4-3 to the Milwaukee Brewers.

A powerful display from Austin Jackson, including a two-run homer, helped the Detroit Tigers rout the Oakland Athletics 10-1. It was the Tigers' second successive win over an As side who had won their previous nine games.

Detroit and the Kansas City Royals share the lead of the American League Central after the latter beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2. Alex Gordon's walk-off single scored Chris Getz.

The Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 3-1 while in the AL West, the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 4-3 and the Los Angeles Angels were 4-1 winners over the Houston Astros.

Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and struck out 11 as the Red Sox blanked the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 on Sunday at Fenway Park.

Buchholz had issued just four walks before surrendering a leadoff single to Kelly Johnson in the top of the eighth. He gave up one more hit before completing the inning.

It was the third consecutive superb effort to start the season for Buchholz, who has surrendered just one run over 14 innings.

Dustin Pedroia went three-for-four with a run scored to pace the Red Sox offence.

Mike Napoli hit a two-run double and was then scored on Stephen Drew's ground-out in a four-run third inning.

The New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-0 in the night's other game.

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