06/19 21:45 CDT Carpenter leads Cardinals past Phillies 7-6
Carpenter leads Cardinals past Phillies 7-6
By AARON BRACY
PHILADELPHIA (AP) --- Matt Carpenter hit a tiebreaking solo homer with two out
in the ninth, helping the St. Louis Cardinals edge the Philadelphia Phillies
7-6 on Tuesday night.
Carpenter also had a tying two-run double in St. Louis' four-run seventh. Tommy
Pham homered and singled for the Cardinals, and Kolten Wong also went deep.
Odubel Herrera and Carlos Santana connected for the Phillies.
Seranthony Dominguez (1-1) struck out the first two batters in the ninth and
had Carpenter in a 0-2 hole. But Carpenter lined the next pitch, a 98-mph
fastball, over the wall in right to extend his homer streak to three games.
The Cardinals trailed 4-2 before rallying against Vince Velasquez and Tommy
Velasquez got the first out of the seventh before a single and hit batsman
brought manager Gabe Kapler to the mound. Hunter got pinch-hitter Greg Garcia
to line out to left before Carpenter doubled, Pham singled and Jose Martinez
made it 6-4 with another two-run double.
The Phillies tied it in the eighth on Rhys Hoskins' two-run double. Austin
Gomber started the inning, but was lifted for Jordan Hicks (3-1) with two out
and runners on first and second. Three of Hicks' four pitches to Hoskins were
fastballs that registered at least 100-mph, but the slugger drove the final
101-mph heater into the gap in right-center.
Hicks pitched a perfect ninth, striking out two, to secure the victory.
Carpenter has hits in 12 straight road games and is batting .412 with six
homers and 11 RBIs over that streak.
The Phillies opened the scoring with Santana's RBI groundout in the first. Pham
extended his career-best hitting streak to 13 games with a two-out homer to
deep left in the third, tying it at 1.
Herrera continued his hot hitting against St. Louis by driving the first pitch
he saw in the third, a 79-mph curveball, into the seats in right for a 2-1
Phillies lead. Herrera is batting .360 with five homers and 21 RBIs in 25
career games against the Cardinals.
Cesar Hernandez's bases-loaded walk in the fourth made it 3-1, but Philadelphia
wasted a chance for more when Luke Weaver got Hoskins to pop out to shortstop
before fanning Herrera to leave the bases full.
The Cardinals' rally took Weaver off the hook. Weaver was in line for his fifth
straight loss when he left after permitting four runs and six hits in five
Velasquez was charged with four runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck
out eight and walked three.
Cardinals: RHP Matt Bowman (blister right hand) was placed on the 10-day
disabled list and replaced by RHP Greg Holland. Holland pitched a perfect
seventh with a pair of strikeouts.
Phillies: Infielder J.P. Crawford left after running the bases in the fourth
inning and was replaced at third base by Maikel Franco. Crawford was hit on the
left hand by a Weaver pitch. . OF Nick Williams suffered a broken nose in the
field on Monday night, but he was available to play on Tuesday.
Cardinals RHP Michael Wacha (8-2, 3.24 ERA) will oppose Phillies RHP Jake
Arrieta (5-5, 3.33 ERA) in the series finale Wednesday afternoon. Wacha had his
career-best eight-game winning streak snapped in a 13-5 loss to the Cubs in his
last start. Arrieta will try to help the Phillies win their first series over
St. Louis since August 24, 2014.