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Thursday, July 25th
(All times Eastern)
Philadelphia Phillies (49-52) at St. Louis Cardinals (61-37), 7:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Philadelphia - Kyle Kendrick (9-6, 3.94)
St. Louis - Lance Lynn (11-5, 4.13)
(Sports Network) - The first-place St. Louis Cardinals will try to sweep the
Philadelphia Phillies when the clubs meet Thursday for the finale of a three-
game series at Busch Stadium.
The Cardinals have taken the first two tests of this set to give them three
straight wins overall. However, St. Louis is still just 1 1/2 games ahead of
Pittsburgh for first place in the NL Central because the Pirates, who play in
Washington today, have won four in a row.
After notching a 4-1 win in Tuesday's opener against the Phillies, the
Cardinals earned an 11-3 rout in the second contest. Shane Robinson and Matt
Adams each drove in three runs to lead the way for St. Louis.
Yadier Molina, David Freese, Matt Carpenter, Brock Peterson and Pete Kozma all
contributed with an RBI and five different players had multi-hit efforts for
the Cardinals, winners of five of their last six.
Jake Westbrook (7-4) recorded his fourth straight quality start, pitching
seven solid innings. He was charged with nine hits and three runs, fanning two
without issuing a walk.
"We just worry about the things we control. We just have to go out there and
win some ball games. That is what we're focused on right now," Westbrook said.
The Phillies, meanwhile, lost their fourth straight game and fell eight games
behind Atlanta for first place in the NL East.
John Lannan (2-4) was tagged for four runs on eight hits with two walks in
four full frames on Wednesday. Coming into the game he held the Cardinals to
two runs or fewer in seven previous starts against them.
"There are going to be games like this where I give up hits. I just have to
try and limit the damage. I didn't do that tonight," Lannan said.
Carlos Ruiz, John Mayberry and Michael Martinez each drove in a run for the
Philadelphia played Wednesday without All-Star outfielder Domonic Brown, who
sat out with concussion-like symptoms. Brown will also miss Thursday's
contest, but could be back in the lineup for Friday's game in Detroit.
The Cardinals hope Lance Lynn can get back on the right track when he takes
the ball in Thursday's finale.
Lynn is 11-5 this season, but is coming off consecutive losses against the
Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres. He was slammed for six runs and 11 hits in
just 4 1/3 innings against the Cubs on July 13, and seven days later he
allowed four runs in five innings of work versus San Diego.
The right-hander is just 1-4 with a 6.30 ERA over his last five outings. Lynn
has faced the Phillies twice in his career and is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in those
outings. He allowed just one hit in seven scoreless innings of work to beat
Philadelphia back on April 20.
Kyle Kendrick had one of his worst outings of the season in his last trip to
the mound, but still managed to pick up the win. The Phillies hope he can
claim victory for a third straight time when he takes the hill again on
Kendrick won his last start before the All-Star break by allowing just one run
over seven innings against Washington on July 11, but his first outing after
the hiatus wasn't quite as smooth.
The veteran righty was slammed for six runs and nine hits over 5 2/3 innings
Friday against the New York Mets, but the Phillies still managed to win the
game by a 13-8 score. Kendrick did strike out seven batters and walked only
Kendrick boasts strong career numbers against the Cardinals, going 5-1 with a
2.72 ERA in nine games -- seven starts. He held St. Louis to two runs over six
innings in a no-decision against the Cards on April 21.
The Cardinals have won four of six meetings against the Phillies this season
and today's contest marks the 2013 finale between the clubs.
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