National League Game Summary - St. Louis at Philadelphia|
(Saturday, August 11th)
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Philadelphia 1
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Matt Holliday cracked a three-run home run
to back 7 2/3 stellar innings from Jake Westbrook, and the St. Louis Cardinals
topped the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-1, in the middle test of a three-game
series at Citizens Bank Park.
Carlos Beltran had an RBI single and Allen Craig went 3-for-5 with two runs
scored for the defending World Series champs, who had lost three of their
previous four entering play on Saturday.
Westbrook (12-8) threw 62 of his 93 pitches for strikes and allowed one run on
four hits with three strikeouts and two walks. The righty also threw 16 ground
ball outs. Marc Rzepczynski got the final out in the eighth and Jason Motte
closed it out in the ninth for his 26th save of the year.
"Jake was as good as I think we've seen him," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny
said. "You could tell that his sinker was really falling off the table,
getting the guys to swing over it and lots of ground balls. There was a lot of
action in the infield and the guys made the plays for him."
Cliff Lee (2-7) was tagged for four runs on 10 hits over seven-plus innings
with six strikeouts and no walks. Lee remains winless at home this season and
hasn't secured a victory at Citizens Bank Park since September 5, 2011.
"I thought for the first five innings tonight, he was really good," Phillies
manager Charlie Manuel said of Lee's outing. "The sixth inning kind of got him
though. We didn't get him any runs."
Ryan Howard drove in the only run of the night for the Phillies, who won the
opener of this series on the strength of eight solid innings from ace Roy
The Phils picked up a run in their first at-bat when Domonic Brown coaxed a
one-out walk and Chase Utley singled. Howard then grounded into a fielder's
choice, which allowed Brown to score.
The Cardinals finally got to Lee in the sixth to take the lead. John Jay
started the inning by beating out an infield single, and Craig ripped a double
off the top of the wall in right. Holliday then crushed one deep to right that
just snuck over the wall and into the first row for a three-run shot.
Craig and Holliday started the St. Louis eighth with back-to-back base hits,
and Beltran lined a base hit to left, scoring Craig and knocking Lee from
Motte retired the side without any trouble in the ninth to secure the win.
Westbrook has won his last five consecutive starts...The Phillies continued to
celebrate their alumni weekend on Saturday. Prior to the game, 2012 Hall of
Fame inductee and former Phillies catcher Tim McCarver threw out the
ceremonial first pitch with Phillies legend Steve Carlton behind the
plate...The Phillies fell to 8-4 in their last 12 home games...Holliday
snapped an 0-for-12 slump with a first-inning single...Philadelphia fell to
16-8 against the NL Central this season...Philadelphia finished 0-for-4 with
runners in scoring position and left five on base.
08/11 22:52:21 ET