Cardinals get better of Phillies in 10th

Thursday, September 20, 2007
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina drove in the game-winning run during the 10th inning Wednesday in St. Louis. (Tom Gannam ~ Associated Press)

Molina's hit won the game on Yadier Molina Bobblehead night.

ST. LOUIS -- The Philadelphia Phillies couldn't make it two extra-inning wins in a row.

Yadier Molina singled home the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a 2-1 victory Wednesday night that stopped Philadelphia's six-game winning streak and dropped the Phillies 21/2 games back of the NL East-leading New York Mets.

Coming off a tense 7-4, 14-inning victory Tuesday night, the Phillies went ahead on Pat Burrell's RBI double in the sixth only to have pitcher Adam Wainwright tie the score for St. Louis with a run-scoring single in the bottom half.

Philadelphia, which began the night 11/2 games behind San Diego in the NL wild-card race, left two men on in each of the last three innings.

Chase Utley was stranded at third after his one-out triple in the eighth, Jimmy Rollins grounded out with runners on second and third ending the ninth, and Randy Flores (3-0) struck out Aaron Rowand and Jayson Werth with runners on first and second to end the 10th.

Scott Spiezio flied out to the right-field wall against Brett Myers (4-7) for the first out in the 10th, with Shane Victornio making a leaping catch. Miguel Cairo beat out an infield hit, stole second and pinch-hitter Russell Branyan struck out.

Molina, who left Tuesday's game with flulike symptoms, bounced a single through the left side of the infield. It was the third hit of the game for the slow-footed catcher -- and it came on Yadier Molina Bobblehead night.

Wainwright, who became the first Cardinals first-year pitcher to make 30 starts since Rick Ankiel in 2000, allowed one run and four hits in eight innings with seven strikeouts.

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