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PHILADELPHIA -- The St. Louis Cardinals retired Bobby Abreu when it mattered most.
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.
|The Phillies bullpen watches Cardinals OF Jim Edmonds make a spectacular leaping catch at the fence. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|St. Louis Cardinals|
|David Eckstein, SS||4||0||0||0||1||0||2||.304|
|Larry Walker, RF||3||1||0||0||1||1||3||.263|
|a- Roger Cedeno, PH-RF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.125|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||4||1||1||2||1||1||2||.331|
|Jim Edmonds, CF||4||2||2||0||1||2||0||.289|
|John Mabry, LF||3||1||0||0||0||2||2||.326|
|So Taguchi, LF||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.246|
|Mark Grudzielanek, 2B||4||1||3||2||1||1||0||.351|
|Abraham Nunez, 3B||4||1||0||1||1||0||2||.322|
|Yadier Molina, C||5||1||2||3||0||1||1||.222|
|Chris Carpenter, P||2||0||1||0||1||0||0||.050|
|b- Jason Marquis, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.273|
|Brad Thompson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ray King, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Julian Tavarez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Scott Seabol, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.143|
|Jason Isringhausen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.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)||6||5||3||3||4||7||1||4.07|
|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|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||5||1||2||0||0||1||0||.235|
|Endy Chavez, CF||4||1||1||0||1||1||2||.227|
|Bobby Abreu, RF||4||1||2||3||1||1||3||.336|
|Pat Burrell, LF||2||0||0||0||2||1||0||.291|
|Chase Utley, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.286|
|David Bell, 3B||3||0||2||0||1||0||1||.246|
|Tomas Perez, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||4||.317|
|Robinson Tejeda, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jason Michaels, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.268|
|Mike Lieberthal, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.233|
|Jon Lieber, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Geoff Geary, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jose Offerman, PH-1B||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.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)|
|Jon Lieber (L,5-3)||4||7||7||6||4||4||2||4.01|
|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|
|Attendance - 29130|
|Game Time - 3:05|
|Temperature - 70|
|Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Charlie Reliford|