Originally posted on Philly Sports Live  |  Last updated 4/11/12

PHILADELPHIA – Roy Halladay threw seven sharp innings and the Philadelphia Phillies broke out of their offensive slump, beating the Marlins 7-1 on Wednesday night in Miami’s first game without suspended manager Ozzie Guillen.

A once-potent offense that’s missing Chase Utley and Ryan Howard struggled in the first four games, scoring eight runs total. But they rocked Marlins ace Josh Johnson, chasing the big right-hander in the fourth.
Before the game, the focus was on Guillen. He was suspended five games by the Marlins on Tuesday for saying he admired Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

Guillen returned to Miami after the Marlins beat the Phillies on Monday and called the remark the biggest mistake of his life in a news conference in Little Havana. He spoke to the team before the clubhouse opened and players expressed their support afterward. Bench coach Joey Cora managed the team in Guillen’s absence.
Halladay (2-0) allowed one run and five hits, striking out three.
Johnson (0-2) gave up six runs and a career-high 11 hits in 3 2-3 innings.

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