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Howard, Phillies hang on to beat Cardinals

Sep 18, 2007 - 5:17 AM ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- A day after completing a weekend sweep of the New York Mets, the Philadelphia Phillies nearly blew all of their momentum in St. Louis on Monday.

Ryan Howard hit two home runs and had five RBI, but the Phillies barely hung on to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals, 13-11, at Busch Stadium.

"You try to score as many runs as you can and tonight we needed that," Howard said. "You look at it as a playoff-type atmosphere. These kind of games when they come down to the wire you have to be ready to play."

Aaron Rowand also homered twice and Jimmy Rollins hit a three-run blast for the Phillies, who opened an 11-0 lead before winning their fifth straight.

"You have to win games like that," Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick said. "It was nice to get the win and for us to keep the streak going. We came out on top tonight. We're in a tight race right now and we need to win games."

With the win, the Phillies (81-69) moved to within 2 1/2 games of the Mets (83-66) in the National League East. The Phillies are also just 1 1/2 games behind the San Diego Padres (82-67) in the wild card race. San Diego defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.

"You have to keep pushing and plugging away," Rowand said. "There's no room for getting too angry or worried. You have to be focused on what you have to do. Everybody has a job to do out there."

The Cardinals scored three runs in the sixth inning, six runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth to nearly complete the comeback.

Francisco Rosario allowed a walk and a single in the bottom of the ninth, but ended up striking out Russell Branyan to end the game and earn his first career save.

Kendrick (9-4), who was coming off a career-low three innings pitched in a 12-0 loss against Colorado on Wednesday, pitched six innings and gave up three runs and seven hits.

Howard got Philadelphia on the board to lead off the top of the second inning with a solo blast to left field. Rowand connected for a two-run shot in the top of the fourth to make the score, 3-0, and Rollins blasted a two-out, three-run homer later in the inning to give the Phillies a 6-0 lead.

Howard gave the Phillies an 11-0 lead with his fifth career grand slam in the top of the sixth inning. The homer also gave the slugger at least 40 home runs for the second consecutive season.

Ryan Ludwick hit a two-run homer and Albert Pujols had three RBI for St. Louis, which has lost 11 of its past 12 games. The Cardinals, who were just one game out of first place in the NL Central on September 6, have now dropped virtually out of playoff contention.

"It's a great 'almost'," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "It looked like we were going to have a really tough night, but the guys that came in started lighting it up. We had a real shot to pull that one out."

St. Louis starter Brad Thompson (6-6), who was making just his second start since July 28, lasted just 3 1/3 innings and gave up four runs and four hits.

"It's one of those games where I went out there and threw a couple of innings and it was over before it really even begun for me," Thompson said. "We're at point right now where we have to win ball games. It's frustrating on my end."

The defending World Series champions also announced that outfielder Chris Duncan will have hernia surgery on Thursday, which will officially end his season.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    PHILADELPHIA 0 1 0 5 1 4 1 0 1 13 11 1
    ST LOUIS 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 2 0 11 15 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: PHI - KYLE KENDRICK, CLAY CONDREY (7TH), JOSE MESA (7TH), ANTONIO
    ALFONSECA (8TH), KANE DAVIS (8TH), FABIO CASTRO (9TH),
    FRANCISCO ROSARIO (9TH) AND CARLOS RUIZ
    ST

    Sep 17 11:31 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY AARON ROWAND (26) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 9TH OFF JASON ISRINGHAUSEN.
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 13, ST LOUIS 11
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: A NUNEZ (.239, 0 HR, 16 RBI)

    Phillies vs. CardinalsSep 17 11:10 PM
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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY SKIP SCHUMAKER SCORED RUSSELL BRANYAN.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, S SCHUMAKER ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 12
    ST LOUIS 11 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: A PUJOLS (.321, 2-FOR-4, 3 RBI)

    Phillies vs. CardinalsSep 17 10:58 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    PASSED BALL BY CARLOS RUIZ ALLOWED BRIAN BARDEN TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R BRANYAN ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 12
    ST LOUIS 10 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: S SCHUMAKER (.311, 2-FOR-4)

    Phillies vs. CardinalsSep 17 10:56 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY RICK ANKIEL SCORED ALBERT PUJOLS.
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 12
    ST LOUIS 9 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: S SPIEZIO (.264, 0-FOR-3)

    Phillies vs. CardinalsSep 17 10:33 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY RYAN LUDWICK SCORED SKIP SCHUMAKER.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, A PUJOLS ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 12
    ST LOUIS 8 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: R ANKIEL (.291, 1-FOR-3)

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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ALBERT PUJOLS SCORED RUSSELL BRANYAN AND AARON
    MILES.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, A PUJOLS ON SECOND, S SCHUMAKER ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 12
    ST LOUIS 7 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: R LUDWICK (.250, 1-FOR-1, HR, 2 RBI)

    Phillies vs. CardinalsSep 17 10:32 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY AARON MILES SCORED KELLY STINNETT AND BRIAN
    BARDEN.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A MILES ON FIRST, R BRANYAN ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 12
    ST LOUIS 5 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: S SCHUMAKER (.305, 1-FOR-3)

    Phillies vs. CardinalsSep 17 10:25 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY SHANE VICTORINO SCORED JAYSON WERTH.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C RUIZ ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 12
    ST LOUIS 3 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: J ROLLINS (.297, 2-FOR-3, BB, HR, 3 RBI)

    Phillies vs. CardinalsSep 17 10:15 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY RYAN LUDWICK (14) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 6TH OFF KYLE KENDRICK SCORED ALBERT PUJOLS.
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 11, ST LOUIS 3
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: R ANKIEL (.293, 1-FOR-2)

    Phillies vs. CardinalsSep 17 10:01 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ALBERT PUJOLS SCORED SKIP SCHUMAKER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A PUJOLS ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 11
    ST LOUIS 1 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: R LUDWICK (.247, 13 HR, 43 RBI)

    Phillies vs. CardinalsSep 17 9:58 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    GRAND SLAM BY RYAN HOWARD (40) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    6TH OFF ANTHONY REYES SCORED KYLE KENDRICK, JIMMY ROLLINS AND PAT
    BURRELL.
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 11, ST LOUIS 0
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: A ROWAND (.315, 2-FOR-3, HR, 2 RBI)

    Phillies vs. CardinalsSep 17 9:51 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JAYSON WERTH SCORED PAT BURRELL.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, 1 LEFT ON, 3 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 7
    ST LOUIS 0 END TOP, 5TH

    Phillies vs. CardinalsSep 17 9:30 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY JIMMY ROLLINS (28) TO RIGHT CENTER
    WITH 2 OUT IN THE 4TH OFF ANDY CAVAZOS SCORED JAYSON WERTH AND CARLOS
    RUIZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 6, ST LOUIS 0
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: C UTLEY (.335, 1-FOR-2)

    Phillies vs. CardinalsSep 17 9:07 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY AARON ROWAND (25) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 4TH OFF BRAD THOMPSON SCORED RYAN HOWARD.
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 3, ST LOUIS 0
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: G DOBBS (.280, 0-FOR-1)

    Phillies vs. CardinalsSep 17 8:56 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY RYAN HOWARD (39) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    2ND OFF BRAD THOMPSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 1, ST LOUIS 0
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: A ROWAND (.313, 24 HR, 84 RBI)

    Phillies vs. CardinalsSep 17 8:24 PM
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