MIAMI -- Roy Halladay was back in dominant form Sunday helping the Philadelphia Phillies defeat the Miami Marlins 2-1 Sunday afternoon in front of an announced crowd of 21,412 at Marlins Park.
Halladay picked up his 200th career victory joining Andy Pettitte as the only other active pitcher in the majors with as many wins.
Laynce Nix made it possible when he belted a 1-1 pitch from Marlins reliever Jon Rauch into the upper deck in right field for a pinch-hit solo home run in the top of the ninth inning. Nix's pinch-hit solo home run in the ninth was the seventh RBI so far this season delivered by Phillies pinch-hitters.
Halladay (1-2) was coming off a pair of dismal starts to open the 2013 season having allowed 12 earned runs over his previous 7 1/3 innings. On Sunday, Halladay went eight innings allowing one run on five hits despite striking out only two. He lowered his ERA from 14.73 to 7.43.
Jonathan Papelbon picked up his third save of the season in three tries despite allowing a leadoff walk in the ninth to Placido Polanco.
The Phillies (6-6) took two of three games against the Marlins, and open a three-game series in Cincinnati starting Monday. The Marlins (2-10) have been held to two runs or fewer in six consecutive games.
Halladay dueled for five innings with Marlins starter Kevin Slowey, who pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed only one run despite giving up nine hits. Slowey, who has lost 10 consecutive decisions, did not get a decision on Sunday.
Michael Young, who was back in the starting lineup Sunday, broke the scoreless stalemate for the Phillies in the top of the sixth. Young lined a hit up the middle that bounced hard of shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria's glove and into center field. The throw home was a bit wide allowing Ryan Howard to score from second.
Howard had led off the inning with a double on a ball that dropped a foot away from Juan Pierre near the left field line.
The Marlins evened the game at 1 in the bottom of the seventh inning when reserve infielder Chris Valaika, who got the start at second base, hit a sharp grounder past the reach of shortstop Freddy Galvis into left field to score Justin Ruggiano.
But a base-running mistake cost the Marlins a chance to take the lead.
Hechavarria hit a ball that carried deep to center field and appeared to have a chance to get past Phillies center fielder Ben Revere. Catcher Rob Brantly, who walked after Ruggiano's single, took off on contact. Revere, however, caught the ball and had plenty of time to get the throw to second and double up Brantly to end the inning.
NOTES: The Marlins were forced to make a last-minute change to their lineup for the second consecutive game Sunday after outfielder Austin Kearns was taken to a Miami hospital with an irregular heartbeat. Kearns started Saturday for Giancarlo Stanton, who is still recovering from a bruised shoulder. Kearns is hitless in 10 at-bats so far this season. ... The Marlins, who are hurting depth-wise in the outfield, put Ruggiano back in the starting lineup and in right field. Ruggiano missed Saturday's game with tightness in his right groin muscle. Stanton missed his third consecutive game. Chris Coghlan, who hit the game-winning infield single Saturday, started in center field. ...Galvis was hit on his right hand by a high fastball from Marlins pitcher Jon Rauch in the ninth inning. Galvis stayed in the game. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has had the perfect opportunity to play Galvis in the midst of a 17-game stretch without an off day. Galvis, who started 49 games last year for the Phillies, made his second consecutive start Sunday, this time at shortstop. Galvis went 1-for-3 Saturday with a walk filling in for Young, who sat out with an illness. He went 2-for-3 Sunday.