MIAMI (Reuters) - Roy Halladay recorded a National League-best 19th victory of the season behind strong offensive support as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Florida Marlins 10-5 on Wednesday.
Halladay (19-10) struck out nine but allowed 10 hits and three runs over six innings.
"It wasn't the prettiest," Halladay told reporters. "From my standpoint I expect to do well every time I go out. My approach is the same."
Having spent the first 12 years of his career with the Toronto Blue Jays before being traded to Philadelphia this past off-season, Halladay has high hopes of reaching the postseason for the first time.
The Phillies (86-61) stretched their NL East lead over the Atlanta Braves to three games with 15 to play.
"We're not in control of it right now," Manuel said. "We have a lead. We can definitely control what we're going to do by winning."
Winners of eight of their last nine games, the streaking Phillies have also claimed six in a row over Florida (73-72) in a little more than a week.
Philadelphia scored nine runs in the first five innings to take a commanding 9-2 lead and were never threatened.
Raul Ibanez went 3-for-5 with a two-run double in the first and Chase Utley bombed a home run in the third.
Marlins starter Jorge Sosa lasted just 2 1/3 innings and allowed six runs in the loss.
Florida's offense pounded out 12 hits but could not capitalize, going 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
Gaby Sanchez homered in the sixth and the home side had the bases loaded in the ninth but only earned one run.
(Reporting by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)