Cards, Phils continue set at Citizens Bank ParkAug 11, 2012 - 1:41 PM
The right-hander, who is coming off a Monday win against San Francisco, enters tonight's game with 11 consecutive starts of six innings or more. He has a career record of 1-1 with a 5.68 ERA in four previous starts against the Phillies. Westbrook lost to Philadelphia earlier this season and lasted a season-low 3 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits in a 10-9 loss.
Cliff Lee counters for the Phillies. The lefty is 1-0 over his last four starts, but is coming off a no-decision against Arizona on Sunday when he allowed eight hits and four runs over eight innings. He's 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA in five career regular season starts against the Cardinals.
Last night, Chase Utley belted the go-ahead two-run home run in the eighth inning and Roy Halladay spun eight outstanding innings in a 3-1 Phillies win.
Utley's long ball was his 196th as a Phillie, which moved him past Bobby Abreu and into ninth place on the team's all-time list. Domonic Brown ripped an RBI single and Kevin Frandsen added two hits for the Phillies, who have won four of their last six games.
Halladay (6-6) allowed one run on two hits to go with eight strikeouts and no walks. He retired the final 12 batters he faced. Jonathan Papelbon made it interesting in the ninth, but nailed down his 25th save of the season.
"This is the best he's pitched since he came back (from the disabled list)," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "His velocity was good and his arm is getting stronger."
Carlos Beltran belted a home run and Barret Browning (0-1) took the loss after allowing Utley's homer. Starter Kyle Lohse battled Halladay pitch for pitch as he lasted seven innings and yielded one run on four hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. The defending World Series champs have dropped three of their last four games.
"Everything was working for him. He pitched seven solid innings. You couldn't ask for anything more," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Lohse.
The Phillies, who are 8-3 in their last 11 home games overall, took three of four games from St. Louis in their initial series of 2012, from May 24-27 at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won last year's series, 6-3.
The NL Central is the only division in which the Phillies have posted an above-.500 record against this season (16-7). The Phils have just one series loss in their seven total series against the Central in 2012 which was at Pittsburgh in the season opener, April 5-8.
- ST. LOUIS: 4
Aug 11 9:52 PM
- Carlos Beltran single to left scored Allen Craig with none out. On the play, Matt Holliday advances to second. Runners on first and second and David Freese due up.
Cardinals 4, Phillies 1 Top 8, 0 OutsAug 11 9:10 PM
- Matt Holliday none-out, three-run Home Run (22) to right scored Jon Jay and Allen Craig. Carlos Beltran due up.
Cardinals 3, Phillies 1 Top 6, 0 OutsAug 11 8:38 PM
- Ryan Howard grounded into a fielder's choice, second to short scored Domonic Brown with two out. Chase Utley out at second. Runner on first and Laynce Nix due up.
Cardinals 0, Phillies 1 Bot 1, 2 OutsAug 11 7:27 PM
- ST. LOUIS: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Aug 11 7:07 PM
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- Stretching the Field: Displeasure settling in for Hamels 12:46p
- Phils put Ruiz on DL 11:54a
- Phils take swings against young Fernandez 10:50a
- Wainwright tries to find win column versus Padres 10:49a
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- Ruggiano helps Marlins down Phillies Tue
- Phils C Ruiz headed to 15-day disabled list Mon
- Phillies place Adams on DL Mon
- Phillies bring swagger to Miami Mon
- Streaking Cards hit the road to battle Padres Mon