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PIT@PHI: Doc strikes out eight over six strong frames

The Indians' bats are suddenly white hot, as the Tribe has put up 19 runs in the last two games.

Ordinarily that would spell trouble for an opposing pitcher, especially a struggling one, but it's appearing more and more that all of that "Roy Halladay is done," talk was baloney.

The Indians return home on Tuesday to begin a three-game series against the Phillies and Halladay, who is looking like his old self.

The right-hander is coming off three consecutive strong starts (1.71 ERA) after struggling in his first two outings of the season. Halladay won the first two games in that stretch before taking a no-decision the last time out against Pittsburgh, tossing six innings of one-run ball.

"I feel good," Halladay said. "I think that there's always things to improve on. Obviously, getting ahead. The cutter has been getting better each time out. It's been a little more consistent each time out, so that's been good. Everything else is coming around. If I can stay there and be a little more effective early on in the game, I think that would be ideal."

Before their previous two games, the Indians had scored three or fewer runs in four straight. Cleveland and starter Zach McAllister hope the offense's new trend continues into the club's first Interleague series of the year.

McAllister hasn't pitched deep into games this season -- getting to the seventh inning only once -- but hasn't allowed more than three runs in any start. He struggled with command in his last outing against the White Sox, walking five and surrendering three runs on five hits.

Phillies: Ryan's world
First baseman Ryan Howard has driven in 10 runs in his last five games after knocking in only six in his first 19. He's also riding a 10-game hitting streak, during which he's batting .351 with three doubles, two doubles and 11 RBIs.

• Shortstop Jimmy Rollins and second baseman Chase Utley have started 980 games together as a double-play combination, the second most among active combos. They trail only New York's Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano (1,036 games).

Indians: Santana near April mark
Cleveland's offense has been led by catcher Carlos Santana, who is 7-for-10 with one double in his last three games. That stretch has raised his average to .386, within striking distance of Sandy Alomar Jr.'s .387 mark in 1997 for the highest April batting average for a catcher in franchise history.

• Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera also has been on a tear in the last three games, going 7-for-12 with two doubles and a triple.

Worth noting
• Cleveland's Jason Giambi is a .306 career hitter (22-for-72) with four homers against Halladay.

• Halladay is 6-2 with a 3.52 ERA in 13 games (12 starts) against the Indians, but he hasn't faced them since 2009. Comments