St. Louis 5, Philadelphia 0

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, September 18, 2011 8:05 PM
Location - Citizens Bank Park
Temperature - 61°
Umpires - Home Plate - Gary Darling, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman,
Attendance - 45063

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
St. Louis 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 5 8 1
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
St. Louis 83-69 41-34 42-35 W1
Philadelphia 98-53 52-24 46-29 L1

Recap

Chris Carpenter tossed eight solid innings and Allen Craig homered twice as the St. Louis Cardinals continued their push toward a postseason berth with a 5-0 road triumph over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

Albert Pujols belted his National League-leading 36th homer for St. Louis, which won for the ninth time in 11 contests and moved to within 3 1/2 games of Atlanta in the race for the wild card. The Braves dropped a 7-5 decision to the New York Mets earlier on Sunday.

The Cardinals remained 6 1/2 games behind the National League Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers, who posted an 8-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Carpenter (10-9) improved to 7-2 in his career against the Phillies after allowing eight hits and striking out five.

Entering the game with just three hits in 20 career at-bats against Cole Hamels (14-9), Pujols deposited the hurler's first pitch just inside the left-field foul pole. The two-run blast in the first inning gave him 95 RBIs for the season.

After failing to execute a bunt on two occasions, Craig doubled the advantage in the sixth and went deep again in the eighth. The homers were his first since Aug. 17, when he belted two against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Hamels suffered his second consecutive loss permitted four runs on seven hits for Philadelphia (98-53), which remained four wins away from setting a single-season franchise record.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
St. Louis   Philadelphia
Chris Carpenter Player Cole Hamels
Win W/L Loss
8.0 IP 7.0
5 Strikeouts 9
8 Hits 7
0.00 ERA 5.14
Hitting
St. Louis   Philadelphia
Allen Craig Player Chase Utley
3 Hits 3
3 RBI 0
2 HR 0
10 TB 3
.750 Avg .750

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
St. Louis 8 3 19 .235 5 11 5 1 1 1
Philadelphia 8 0 8 .242 14 6 0 2 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Philadelphia will play their next game at home against St. Louis. The Phillies have a W/L % of .592 after a win and .755 after a loss.
  • St. Louis will play their next game on the road against Philadelphia. The Cardinals have a W/L % of .537 after a win and .557 after a loss.
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