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Halladay fans 14 in a complete-game effort

PHILADELPHIA -- The rarity of the moment never crossed Roy Halladay's mind.

He lost. The details hardly mattered.

Halladay pitched the 65th complete game of his career and struck out 14 on Tuesday, but it was the first time he lost while carrying a lead into the ninth inning at home. He allowed two runs in the ninth to hand the Arizona Diamondbacks a surprising 3-2 victory at Citizens Bank Park.

"It's not so much the inning," Halladay said. "It's happened to me before in the sixth, and it ends up costing you a game. I don't really look at it that way. The tough part is you're making pitches and you feel like you have good stuff, and you still cost yourself a game in the end. Whether it's in the sixth or the ninth ... either way it's frustrating."

Halladay has lost 15 complete games in his career. He blew a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning in Cincinnati on June 30, 2010. He allowed a run in the bottom of the ninth inning in a 1-0 loss in Boston on April 29, 2008.

Those were the closest instances of a setback like this for Halladay.

"It can be a little tougher to swallow sometimes in the ninth," he said, before being told this had never happened to him before. "That's the way the game goes. But you definitely feel like it's your responsibility to finish the game there. I didn't do it. I didn't make two good pitches, and it cost me."

Halladay stepped onto the mound in the ninth inning with closer Ryan Madson and left-hander Antonio Bastardo warming up in the bullpen, but Phillies manager Charlie Manuel had no intentions of pulling him unless the game got out of hand.

Halladay thought he had struck out Justin Upton on an 0-2 changeup to start the inning, but home-plate umpire Vic Carapazza called it a ball. Halladay's next pitch came across the middle of the plate, and Upton singled to center field.

Miguel Montero followed with a single to left field to put runners on first and second with nobody out.

Meanwhile, Madson and Bastardo remained in the bullpen.

"It's kind of his game, isn't it?" Manuel said. "That's my ace. That's kind of the way I looked at it. If I was going to make a move, how come I didn't make a move to start the inning?"

Halladay was in a similar situation in Washington on April 13. He carried a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning, but allowed two runs to score and still had runners on second and third with just one out. Manuel stuck with him then, and Halladay struck out the final two batters to win the game.

Manuel probably expected similar results, especially after Halladay struck out Chris Young for the first out.

But this time Lyle Overbay hit a first-pitch cutter off the base of the right-field wall to clear the bases and give Arizona the lead.

"He made a mistake my last at-bat, because he's aggressive with the strike zone," Overbay said. "So you know you're gonna get a pitch to hit, and you gotta take advantage of it because you're not gonna get two.

"I've seen him the last four years playing behind him, so I have a good idea of what he tries to do. He likes that cutter. Earlier in the game he was throwing that splitty, and I wasn't staying back on it, and he wasn't really throwing it for a strike, so I kind of just told myself to lay off that and see if I can get the cutter."

The 1-2 pitch to Upton and the first pitch to Overbay were the ones seared into Halladay's mind as he walked off the field.

"Really, two pitches cost me," Halladay said.

Shane Victorino hit a two-run home run to right field in the fifth inning to give Philadelphia a 2-1 lead, but that was the only big hit of the night for the Phillies. They went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left eight runners on base, wasting Halladay's first extra-base hit of his career, a leadoff double in the seventh inning.

"We just weren't able to get a big hit," Manuel said.

But in game like this, it normally doesn't matter. Because when Halladay takes a lead into the ninth, he wins it.

"There's never been the perfect pitcher or perfect player," Manuel said. Comments