Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/18/12

It's no coincidence that the Philadelphia Phillies' worst stretch of this disappointing season came at the same time that two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay was on the disabled list. The Phils went 14-27 after Halladay went on the DL with a right lat (shoulder) injury on May 29.

They were the second worst team in baseball over that time period. Since Halladay threw his last pitch on May 27, the starting rotation was 12-19 with a 4.72 ERA.

"You lose an anchor, a steady anchor," Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee told reporters before Tuesday's game. "So now the (No. 2) guy feels like he has to pitch up to a one or a plus-one. The pressure or the expectations on themselves increase. It's like when you move a five hitter to the three- or four-hole. Now all of a sudden he's got to be a bigger piece than what he's had to be."

But the long wait for his return ended Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, and the Phillies won their fourth straight, their longest winning streak since May 26, the day before Halladay's last start.

Halladay pitched five innings, holding the Dodgers to two runs on five hits while striking out six and walking zero, in the Phillies' 3-2 victory. Halladay, who threw one minor league start during his rehab, threw 80 pitches in his first major league start in nearly two months.

Halladay gave up four straight hits in the second inning, turning a 1-0 lead into a 2-1 deficit, but he quickly settled down. He retired 10 of the final 12 batters he faced.

"I want to go deeper, so once I get the pitch count up that'll be nice," Halladay said. "Overall, I was happy with pitch execution. I obviously felt good. That hasn't been an issue since I've started throwing. It's just a matter of repeating mechanics. I feel like it's come along pretty well."

Halladay also isn't buying that his return to the mound is what will turn the season around for the last-place Phillies.

"One guy isn't going to turn it around," Halladay said. "I know they keep talking about Chase (Utley) coming back and Ryan (Howard) and me, but one guy's not going to do it. We all need to chip in where we can. I think that's important to look at it that way and realize that you're not going to do it yourself. There's not one guy that's going to do it alone. It's important to keep in mind. We need everybody."

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