Phillies hold off Cardinals 10-9

Friday, May 25, 2012
Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook pauses on the mound during the first inning. Westbrook allowed eight hits and six runs over 3 2/3 innings.

St. Louis came back to tie the game after it fell into a 6-0 hole

ST. LOUIS -- Shane Victorino and Freddy Galvis both drove in three runs, including Galvis' go-ahead single in the sixth inning, and the Philadelphia Philles beat the St. Louis Cardinals 10-9 on Thursday night.

Placido Polanco, Carlos Ruiz and Ty Wigginton added three hits apiece for Philadelphia, which had a season-high 18.

Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his 13th consecutive save.

Galvis drove in Victorino with a single, and pinch-hitter Mike Fontenot singled to score Wigginton and make it 9-7 with two outs against Fernando Salas (0-3).

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook pauses on the mound during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Thursday, May 24, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

St. Louis narrowed the margin to 9-8 with a two-out homer by David Freese. His 10th homer of the season went 463 feet and is the second longest homer in the stadium's seven-year history.

Wigginton homered in the eighth to add an insurance run that proved valuable when Skip Schumaker hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom half of the inning.

A three-run fifth by St. Louis chased Philadelphia starter Joe Blanton and tied it at 7-7. Matt Holliday led off the fifth with his 10th homer. Raul Valdes (1-0) got two outs to end the inning.

Carlos Beltran, who had three hits, doubled but was thrown out at third on a ball hit in the hole by Freese. Yadier Molina, who had four hits, crushed the ball out to deep center two pitches later.

Blanton, who gave up four homers in his last start, gave up two over 4 1/3 innings. He allowed 10 hits.

The Phillies led 6-0 after two innings against St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook.

Victorino hit into a fielder's choice to bring home a run, Wigginton singled up the middle to score Hunter Pence, and Galvis hit a two-run single to make it 4-0.

Victorino hit a two-out, two-run double in the second inning.

St. Louis fought back with a four-run third inning against Blanton. Westbrook led off with a single and scored on a ground out. Beltran hit an RBI single and Freese then doubled to drive in Beltran and later scored on a single by Molina.

It was Westbrook's shortest outing of the season. He allowed eight hits and three walks.


* St. Louis' Allen Craig (left hamstring) took batting practice and fielded grounders for the first time since he went on the disabled list May 17.

* Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman had surgery on his injured right knee, originally scheduled for Thursday, postponed until today due to a conflict in his surgeon's schedule in Houston.

* Jimmy Rollins rejoined the Phillies and hit leadoff. Rollins missed the last three games as his wife, Johari, gave birth to the couple's first child Sunday.

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