PHILADELPHIA -- Roy Halladay, one of the greatest pitchers of his generation, was shelled again Sunday afternoon, this time by the Miami Marlins, the feeblest offensive team in the major leagues.
There might be a medical reason for that.
After absorbing a 14-2 loss to the Marlins on Sunday -- a game in which he allowed nine runs in 2 1/3 innings -- Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award-winner, revealed that his pitching shoulder has been bothering him since the morning after his April 24 start against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Halladay said he will be examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles at some point in the next few days, and Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said he is "fairly certain" Halladay will have to go on the disabled list.
"As far as going forward, I don't have much for you," Halladay said. "We'll see how it plays out over the next couple days."
Halladay, 2-4 with an 8.65 ERA, said the soreness in his shoulder only began the day after that start against Pittsburgh, a game in which he allowed one run on one hit over six innings.
"It's kind of progressed over the last two weeks or so," he said.
However, he did not inform the team of that fact until Sunday.
"If a man's hurt, he's hurt," Amaro said. "We'll have to try to get him well and move forward."
Light-hitting shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria did the bulk of the damage against Halladay, driving in a career-high seven runs with his first career grand slam and a three-run triple. The RBI total also tied a Marlins club record.
Rookie outfielder Marcell Ozuna went 4-for-5 with three RBIs, and Justin Ruggiano homered twice for the Marlins, whose run total was a season high. The Marlins began the day hitting .224 as a team, and they had scored 84 runs over their first 31 games. Both were major league lows.
The uncharacteristic offensive explosion gave Kevin Slowey (1-2) his first victory since Sept. 27, 2010, when he beat Kansas City while pitching for the Minnesota Twins. He threw two-hit ball for seven shutout innings while striking out seven Sunday.
"I said for my birthday, I'd like to get Slowey a win," said manager Mike Redmond, who turned 42 Sunday. "I'm pretty happy for him."
"It's been awhile," Slowey said. "Certainly I'm very thankful to have an opportunity to get a win. Most of the time if you go two years without a win, you're not in that position. I'm thankful for the opportunity and thankful to have an opportunity to get the ball every fifth day."
A.J. Ramos allowed two runs in the eighth as the Phillies averted their second straight shutout. Jon Rauch worked a scoreless ninth.
Hechavarria, who began the day hitting .169 with one home run and three RBIs, went 2-for-4. His bases-clearing triple came with two outs in the first inning, when the Marlins scored five times off Halladay.
His grand slam came with one out in the third after umpires ruled upon video review that the ball cleared the right field fence.
"I didn't like that I had to wait," Hechavarria said in remarks translated by third base coach Joe Espada. "I didn't want to hear it was not a home run, but I knew it was a home run."
That ended the day for Halladay, who surrendered four hits while walking four. He also hit two batters.
It was the fourth time in seven outings this season that Halladay has lasted four innings or fewer, something that happened only three times in his first 90 starts with the Phillies. He allowed five earned runs or more in all four of the recent short starts.
Halladay was shelled in his first two starts this season, by the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets, then pitched effectively in three straight outings. But on April 30 against the Cleveland Indians -- the start following his outing against Pittsburgh -- he was again knocked around, allowing eight runs and nine hits, three of them homers, while working the first 3 2/3 innings of a 14-2 loss.
The combined 17 runs in his last two starts are the most he has allowed in consecutive starts in his career. He is the second Phillie to allow eight or more runs in consecutive starts since 1938.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, he also allowed five or more runs in the first inning of a game for the first time Sunday since April 29, 1999, when as a Toronto Blue Jay he faced the then-Anaheim Angels.
Juan Pierre walked on four pitches to start the game, stole second and advanced to third on a grounder by Chris Valaika. Placido Polanco walked, and Halladay hit Ruggiano with a 1-2 pitch. Ozuna then launched a ball that hit off the top of the left field fence and bounced back into play for a two-run double (and remained as such after an umpire review).
Greg Dobbs walked to reload the bases, and after Miguel Olivo popped out for the second out, Hechavarria tripled into the right-center-field gap to make it 5-0.
Halladay again hit Ruggiano with a pitch to open the third. Ozuna walked and Dobbs singled to load the bases. Olivo struck out, but Hechavarria hit a 1-0 pitch for his grand slam.
The Marlins added a run in the sixth on Ozuna's RBI single, and they scored twice in the eighth. Ruggiano slugged a homer, and another run came home on a throwing error by Phillies second baseman Kevin Frandsen.
The Phillies' eighth-inning runs came on Ramos' throwing error and an infield out.
Ruggiano added a two-run homer, his sixth home run of the season, in the ninth.
NOTES: Hechavarria's previous career high for RBIs was three, in an April 16 game against Washington. That also represented his total for the season. ... Pierre went 3-for-5 with a walk. ... Ruggiano was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, and he reached base five times. ... Ozuna has hit safely in all six games he has played for the Marlins since his call-up from the minors, two off the club record to start a career. ... Freddy Galvis started at shortstop for the Phillies in place of Jimmy Rollins, as manager Charlie Manuel elected to rest Rollins. It was the second start at short this season for Galvis, who has also started four games in left field and two each at second base and third base. ... The Marlins placed outfielder Austin Kearns on the bereavement list before the game to deal with a family-related matter, and they recalled catcher Kyle Skipworth from Triple-A New Orleans.