St. Louis at Philadelphia

St. Louis
W: C. Carpenter (6-2) L: J. Lieber (5-3)
HR: STL - A. Pujols (10), Y. Molina (1)   PHI - B. Abreu (12)

Abreu pounds again, but Phillies lose to Cardinals

CBS wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- The St. Louis Cardinals retired Bobby Abreu when it mattered most.

Yadier Molina hit a three-run homer and Albert Pujols added a two-run shot, helping the Cardinals overcome another homer by Abreu in an 8-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.

Abreu hit a three-run drive in the sixth inning, giving him homers in nine of the last 10 games. By that time, the Phillies already trailed 8-0.

Abreu had a chance to tie the game in the ninth after the Phillies loaded the bases against Jason Isringhausen, but he struck out to end it.

"It wasn't the matchup I wanted," Isringhausen said. "The first pitch was a fastball right down the middle. When I threw it, I said, 'Please don't swing.' Then I threw three curves. I didn't want to walk him. If he hits a homer, it's a tie game. I wanted to throw strikes and keep him in the park."

After Abreu took Isringhausen's fastball for a strike, he didn't get another good pitch to hit.

"I was just trying to put the ball in play," Abreu said, adding that he froze on the fastball.

Chris Carpenter (6-2) allowed three runs and five hits, striking out seven in six innings for his second straight win.

"I felt like I battled out there, but I made good pitches when I had to make them," Carpenter said.

Pujols gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead in the third when he sent a 2-2 pitch from Jon Lieber deep into the left-center field seats for his 10th homer.

Molina made it 5-0 with a three-run shot later in the inning. Lieber struck out Jim Edmonds and John Mabry after Pujols' homer, but Mark Grudzielanek singled and Abraham Nunez walked. Molina then hit a liner into the left-field stands for his first homer.

"I feel more comfortable," said Molina, who struggled early in the season. "They're giving me more at-bats and I feel much better right now."

Grudzielanek had an RBI single in the fifth to chase Lieber and Nunez added a run-scoring groundout.

Lieber (5-3) gave up seven runs -- six earned -- and seven hits in four-plus innings, his shortest outing of the season. He's 1-3 since winning his first four starts, and has allowed 12 earned runs in his last two outings.

"The last two starts he hasn't been the same guy we saw in spring training and early this season," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's having trouble with command and location."

The last-place Phillies were seeking just their third three-game winning streak of the season. The NL Central-leading Cardinals have won five of seven.


  • Abreu extended his hitting streak to 11 games and tied a team record by driving in a run in 10 straight games. Pinky Whitney also did it in 1931. Abreu has 11 of his 12 homers in May. Mike Schmidt holds the club record with 12 homers in May of 1980.
  • Phillies 1B Ryan Howard was a late scratch from the lineup because of a sore left hamstring.
  • Molina has three career homers.
  • Lieber has allowed 12 homers this season, most on the Phillies.
  • Grudzielanek was 3-for-4 with two RBI.
Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre
The Phillies bullpen watches Cardinals OF Jim Edmonds make a spectacular leaping catch at the fence. (AP)
The Phillies bullpen watches Cardinals OF Jim Edmonds make a spectacular leaping catch at the fence. (AP)

Players of the Game

B. Abreu
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
St. Louis

Y. Molina
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1

Related Video

St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS4000102 .304
Larry Walker, RF3100113 .263
   a- Roger Cedeno, PH-RF0000100 .125
Albert Pujols, 1B4112112 .331
Jim Edmonds, CF4220120 .289
John Mabry, LF3100022 .326
    So Taguchi, LF2000001 .246
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B4132110 .351
Abraham Nunez, 3B4101102 .322
Yadier Molina, C5123011 .222
Chris Carpenter, P2010100 .050
   b- Jason Marquis, PH1000000 .273
    Brad Thompson, P0000000 .000
    Ray King, P0000000 .000
    Julian Tavarez, P0000000 .000
   c- Scott Seabol, PH1000010 .143
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
a-walked for Walker in the 7th
b-grounded out for Carpenter in the 7th
c-struck out for Tavarez in the 9th
2B - Jim Edmonds (9, Geary), Mark Grudzielanek (13, Geary)
HR - Albert Pujols (10, Lieber), Yadier Molina (1, Lieber)
RBI - Albert Pujols 2 (33), Mark Grudzielanek 2 (17), Abraham Nunez (10), Yadier Molina 3 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Grudzielanek (4), Yadier Molina 3 (5)
Team LOB - 11
DP - Eckstein-Pujols, Eckstein-Grudzielanek-Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
Chris Carpenter (W,6-2) 6533471 4.07
Brad Thompson 1000000 1.29
Ray King0211000 3.38
Julian Tavarez 1100000 2.75
Jason Isringhausen 1100210 0.79
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Carpenter 103-59, Brad Thompson 11-9, Ray King 11-6, Julian Tavarez 6-4, Jason Isringhausen 28-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Carpenter 6-3, Brad Thompson 1-2, Julian Tavarez 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Carpenter 25, Brad Thompson 3, Ray King 2, Julian Tavarez 3, Jason Isringhausen 6
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5120010 .235
Endy Chavez, CF4110112 .227
Bobby Abreu, RF4123113 .336
Pat Burrell, LF2000210 .291
Chase Utley, 2B4010003 .286
David Bell, 3B3020101 .246
Tomas Perez, 1B3000014 .317
    Robinson Tejeda, P0000000 .000
   a- Jason Michaels, PH0000100 .268
Mike Lieberthal, C4000022 .233
Jon Lieber, P1000010 .000
    Geoff Geary, P0000000 .000
   b- Jose Offerman, PH-1B3110001 .156
a-walked for Tejeda in the 9th
b-singled for Geary in the 6th
2B - Endy Chavez (2, King), Chase Utley (4, Tavarez), David Bell (9, Carpenter)
HR - Bobby Abreu (12, Carpenter)
RBI - Bobby Abreu 3 (33)
PK - Pat Burrell (1, Carpenter)
Team LOB - 8
E - Mike Lieberthal (2, Wild throw)
Philadelphia Phillies
Jon Lieber (L,5-3) 4776442 4.01
Geoff Geary 2211210 5.59
Robinson Tejeda 3000240 0.00
HBP - Eckstein (by Robinson Tejeda)
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lieber 95-57, Geoff Geary 32-18, Robinson Tejeda 52-29
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lieber 7-2, Geoff Geary 3-2, Robinson Tejeda 3-2
Batters Faced - Jon Lieber 24, Geoff Geary 10, Robinson Tejeda 12
Game Information
Attendance - 29130
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Charlie Reliford