The Phils dropped game three of the set with the Reds yesterday. Cincinnati takes the series two games to one.

Halladay started the eighth with a 3-2 lead, but allowed a leadoff single to Johnny Gomes and stayed in the game to face lefty Jay Bruce. Bruce hammered his first pitch out to right for a two-run homer that put the Reds on top to stay.

With Utley, Ruiz and Polanco all sidelined, the problem with the offense in the last two games of the set proved to be the regulars who usually play alongside them and not the guys who have replaced them. Yesterday all of the offense for the Phils came on a three-run shot by Dane Sardinha. In the last two games, Victorino, Rollins, Howard, Werth and Ibanez have combined to go 9-for-42 (.214) with one RBI. Wilson Valdez, Dane Sardinha and Brian Schneider, meanwhile, have carried the offense, going 8-for-16 with three home runs and ten RBI.

The Phillies are 41-35 on the year after a 4-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds yesterday afternoon.

Halladay got the start for the Phillies and went eight innings, allowing four runs on 13 hits. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and two home runs. He struck out ten and didn’t walk a batter.

After allowing three home runs in 101 innings over his first 13 starts, Halladay has allowed seven home runs in 29 innings over his last four starts. The Phillies drop to 9-8 on the year in the games that he has started. They’ve lost four of the last five times he’s started and seven of the last ten. In those ten games he’s thrown to a 3.16 ERA with a 1.04 ratio.

Brandon Phillips started the bottom of the first with a single, but Halladay got the next three Reds behind him.

Drew Stubbs and Ramon Hernandez singled back-to-back with two outs in the second. It brought the pitcher Aaron Harang to the plate with two outs and men on first and second. Harang grounded out to second to leave both men stranded.

Halladay struck out Orlando Cabrera and Joey Votto in a 1-2-3 third.

He started the fourth up 3-0. Johnny Gomes doubled on a ball off Howard’s glove with one out and moved to third when Jay Bruce followed with a single. Halladay struck Stubbs out swinging for the second out and got Hernandez to pop to second to leave both runners stranded.

Big strikeout for Halladay with one out and men on third keeps the Reds off the board.

Halladay set Cincinnati down in order in the fifth.

Votto started the sixth with a home run to right to cut the lead to 3-1. Scott Rolen was next and lined a single to right, but Halladay struck out Gomes, Bruce and Stubbs all in a row to leave him stranded.

Hernandez led off the seventh with a single. Lefty Laynce Nix hit for the pitcher Logan Ondrusek and Halladay got him on a fly ball to Victorino for the first out. A double by Phillips moved Hernandez to third before Cabrera lined a single into center, scoring Hernandez to make it 3-2 with one out and men on first and third. Halladay struck Votto out looking at a 2-2 pitch on the outside corner for the second out and Rolen flew to right to end the inning.

Another big strikeout for Halladay with a man on third and less than two outs.

He was back to start the eighth with a 3-2 lead having thrown 96 pitches. Gomes led off and lined a 1-2 pitch into left for a single. Halladay stayed in to pitch to the lefty Bruce and Bruce hit the first pitch he saw out to right, putting the Reds on top 4-3. Halladay struck out Stubbs for the first out before Hernandez singled. Chris Heisey hit for the pitcher Arthur Rhodes and struck out for the second out. Halladay got Phillips on a ground ball back to the mound for the third out.

Phils lose on Halladay’s 100th pitch of the day, delivered to a lefty with a one-run lead in the eighth.

The Phillies lineup against righty Aaron Harang went (1) Victorino (2) Dobbs (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Valdez (8) Sardinha. Dobbs at third and Valdez at second. Sardinha catches the day game after a night game. Victorino leads off again with Rollins dropped to Utley’s spot in the order.

Victorino and Dobbs singled back-to-back to start the game. It put men on first and second with nobody out, but Rollins struck out, Howard grounded to Phillips with the runners moving to second and third and Werth struck out to leave them stranded.

They went in order in the second.

Dobbs walked with two outs in the third, but Rollins followed and fouled out to Rolen.

Dobbs on base twice in three innings.

Werth singled with one out in fourth and Ibanez flew to left behind him. Valdez was next and lined a single to right that moved Werth to second. Sardinha was next and he jumped on the first pitch from Harang, hitting it out to left to put the Phillies up 3-0. Halladay grounded to third for the third out.

Valdez, Schneider and Sardinha all hit three-run homers in the last two games of the three-game set. All three of them came on the first pitch of their at-bat. Sardinha cane to the Phillies with no career home runs in 88 plate appearances and has now hit two in a week.

The Phils went in order in the fifth.

Howard started the sixth with a single. Werth flew out behind him before Ibanez popped to second. Valdez moved Howard to second with a single, but Sardinha flew to center to leave both men stranded.

The lead was cut to 3-1 when the Phillies hit in the seventh. Victorino singled with one out and righty Logan Ondrusek came in to pitch to the lefty Dobbs. Dobbs flew to center and so did Rollins behind him, leaving Victorino stranded.

Lefty Arthur Rhodes struck out Howard and Werth in a 1-2-3 eighth.

The Phils were down 4-3 when they hit in the ninth against righty Francisco Cordero. Valdez led off and grounded to second. Gload hit for Sardinha and delivered a single to center. Francisco hit for Halladay and struck out as Gload stole second. Victorino grounded softly to second to end the game.

Gutsy and important stolen base for Gload, putting the tying run in scoring position for Victorino.

Victorino was 2-for-5 in the game and 4-for-13 with two walks in the series. He’s hitting 252/326/448 for the season.

Dobbs was 1-for-3 with a walk yesterday. 1-for-6 in the series and 153/228/236 for the year.

Rollins was 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 1-for-13 in the series. 270/382/473 for the season. He’s 6-for-33 (.182) since coming back from the DL.

Howard was 1-for-4 and struck out twice. He was 4-for-12 with a walk, two doubles and a triple in the series without an RBI. 295/352/513 on the season after hitting 320/373/650 in June.

Werth was 1-for-4 and struck out twice. 4-for-10 in the series with three walks. 292/378/549 for the year. He wound up hitting 286/396/488 in June despite going 3-for-24 to start the month.

Ibanez was 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 3-for-13 with a double and a home run in the series. After hitting 229/292/375 in June he’s at 240/328/394 for the year.

Valdez was 2-for-4 yesterday and 4-for-10 with a home run in the series. He’s hitting 259/275/393 on the year.

Sardinha was 1-for-3 with a three-run homer. He’s 3-for-15 with a double and two homers for the Phils.

Cole Hamels (6-6, 4.08) faces righty Daniel McCutchen (0-3, 11.00) tonight in Pittsburgh. Hamels allowed five runs in four innings against the Blue Jays in his last outing, which was the only start of his last ten in which he was charged with more than three earned runs. McCutchen is filling in for Zach Duke in the Pirates rotation and has made four starts on the season, throwing to an 11.65 ERA in those appearances. Lefties have hit .406 against him for the season.