PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard found himself in the starting lineup Sunday.

That is noteworthy only because it was the first time Howard had played three consecutive games in three consecutive days since returning from the disabled list July 6 following a left Achilles injury.

Carlos Ruiz got Sunday off. He had started every game since June 28. Erik Kratz started in his place.

Nix's long layoff ends with activation from DL

PHILADELPHIA - Laynce Nix is finally back in the Phillies clubhouse.

The Phillies activated him from the 15-day disabled list before Sunday's 4-3 victory against the San Francisco Giants in 12 innings at Citizens Bank Park. He had been sidelined with a strained left calf since May 10. Jason Pridie was designated for assignment to make room for Nix on the 25-man roster.

"I didn't think it would take this long," Nix said. "I tried to get it going as soon as possible and we had a setback. It happens sometimes. Unfortunately, it set me back three or four more weeks.

"These past couple days I've pushed it pretty good. I feel pretty comfortable coming out of the box. I feel comfortable moving. We'll see what happens, but the reality is I haven't played in one of these [big league] games and had the adrenaline for a couple months. I think I'll be fine. I've played enough games."

Nix hit .227 (5-for-22) with a double, home run, two RBIs and five walks in seven rehab games with Class A Clearwater and Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He was hitting .326 (15-for-46) with six doubles, two homers and 11 RBIs in 22 games with the Phillies.

"Having not played in a couple months, it's sort of tough to get the timing back," Nix said. "I probably could have used a few more at-bats, but I'll get it back."

It didn't take long. He struck out in his first at-bat in the 10th inning, but singled to right field in the 12th. The single led to Jimmy Rollins' game-winning hit, which scored Carlos Ruiz.

Victorino relishes 1,000-hit milestone

PHILADELPHIA -- With his sixth-inning line-drive single to right field Saturday, Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino became the first Hawaiian-born player to reach 1,000 career hits.

"Being a Hawaiian-born player and being the first ever to do it, with guys that I looked up to that played ahead of me and to be the first ever to 1,000 hits, it means a lot," Victorino said before Sunday's series finale against the Giants. "Again, it's about playing the game and loving the game and hopefully being a role model and giving kids in Hawaii an inspiration to 'Hey, anything's possible.'"

Victorino, who is in his seventh full season with Philadelphia after the club selected him the Rule 5 Draft in 2004 from the Dodgers, also leads Hawaiian-born players in runs (583), doubles (181), triples (63) and stolen bases (183).

He said he never envisioned himself reaching this milestone and the accomplishment puts into perspective the achievement of all-time hits leader Pete Rose (4,256 hits) and others, including teammates and 2,000-hit club members Juan Pierre and Placido Polanco.

"I was teasing Juan yesterday, and I was like 'I got about 1,100 or whatever still behind you,'" Victorino said with a smile.

Is there any one hit that stands out above the rest?

"To be honest with you, I'd have to say yesterday was a pretty big moment to reach 1,000, to be the first Hawaiian-born," Victorino said. "Obviously the grand slam [off CC Sabathia in Game 2 of the 2008 National League Division Series) and the [2008] World Series and all those kind of things are all great, but from a personal milestone [standpoint], I think to be the first-ever Hawaiian-born player to reach 1,000 hits, that's pretty special for me. But again, I don't want to stop here. ... The big picture is about us winning. I think that's more where I'm focused."