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|St. Louis (70-80)||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||4||11||1|
ST. LOUIS -- The Philadelphia Phillies kept their rapid playoff charge going with a wild victory on a long night.
Pinch-hitter Rod Barajas singled home the tiebreaking run with two outs in the 14th inning, Jayson Werth added a two-run triple and Philadelphia beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-4 on Tuesday to move within 1½ games of first-place New York in the NL East.
"We stayed there long enough to win," manager Charlie Manuel said. "That was good. It was kind of a standoff, the way I saw it."
The Phillies, who were seven games back after losing last Wednesday, have won six straight. The division deficit is their smallest since they lost on Opening Day.
"At this point of the season, every game is magnified," Barajas said. "To be able to come through and help this team in such a crucial situation, it felt wonderful."
Philadelphia also stayed 1½ games behind San Diego in the wild-card race. The Phillies have won a pair of extra-inning games during the streak, which has boosted their record to a season-best 13 games over .500 at 82-69.
Mike Maroth (0-5) was the 11th pitcher used by the sagging but stubborn Cardinals, an NL record. St. Louis lost for the 12th time in 13 games. The Cardinals also tied an NL record with 28 players used in an extra-inning game. The combined 53 players used by both teams tied the NL mark for an extra-inning game.
The Cardinals, the defending World Series champions, are a season-worst 10 games below .500.
"It was just a really tough game," manager Tony La Russa said. "It wears you out when you get beat. They've got a lot of adrenaline and we don't."
Condrey is the ninth Phillies pitcher to earn a save this season.
"It's huge because you never want to play five hours and come up on the losing end, use up a whole bullpen and use up pretty much everybody on the bench," Condrey said. "To come away with a win, I hope it lifts us up even higher."
Barajas is 4-for-8 as a pinch hitter. He got his first RBI.
Second baseman Aaron Miles' throwing error on Greg Dobbs' bases-loaded grounder with one out allowed the Phillies to go ahead 4-3 in the 10th. Miles' throw short-hopped catcher Kelly Stinnett in a force attempt at the plate.
Miles helped the Cardinals tie it in the bottom half. He singled with one out off Brett Myers, who blew his third save in 20 chances, advanced to third on Miguel Cairo's single and scored on Scott Spiezio's sacrifice fly.
Ryan Howard was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and two walks, going hitless for the first time in 15 career games against the Cardinals, his hometown team. Howard hit two home runs, including his fifth career grand slam, on Monday and is batting .339 (21-for-58) against St. Louis with six home runs and 17 RBI.
Hamels, back from an elbow strain, made his first appearance since Aug. 16. He was impressive against the top of the Cardinals' order in an 11-pitch first, but was not sharp after that, allowing three runs and five hits.
The Cardinals began the game with a makeshift lineup. Todd Wellemeyer was their eighth starting pitcher in 10 games.
Albert Pujols was scratched right before game time with a strained left calf muscle, leaving St. Louis with only three players in the lineup from the Opening Day roster.
La Russa yanked rookie Brendan Ryan early for swinging at a 3-0 pitch. St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina left with flulike symptoms before the fifth, and center fielder Jim Edmonds was unavailable due to a strained groin.
|Chase Utley plates the winning run to give the Phils another huge win to draw them closer to the Mets. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||7||0||1||0||0||3||1||.295|
|Chase Utley, 2B||6||2||2||0||1||1||1||.333|
|Pat Burrell, LF||4||0||1||0||1||2||2||.263|
|Michael Bourn, PR-LF||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||.270|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||5||0||0||0||2||3||3||.259|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||4||1||0||0||3||0||0||.313|
|Greg Dobbs, 3B||3||1||0||1||2||0||0||.278|
|Brett Myers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Wes Helms, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.250|
|Jose Mesa, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Rod Barajas, PH||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.230|
|Clay Condrey, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jayson Werth, RF||6||1||2||3||1||2||6||.320|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||4||0||1||1||1||0||3||.257|
|Chris Roberson, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.296|
|Chris Coste, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.300|
|Cole Hamels, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.133|
|c- Pete Laforest, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.323|
|J.D. Durbin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.263|
|d- Shane Victorino, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.283|
|Geoff Geary, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|J.C. Romero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|e- Tadahito Iguchi, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.268|
|Tom Gordon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Abraham Nunez, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.237|
|a-struck out for Myers in the 12th|
|b-singled for Mesa in the 14th|
|c-grounded out for Hamels in the 4th|
|d-grounded out for Durbin in the 6th|
|e-struck out for Romero in the 9th|
|2B - Chase Utley (46, Wellemeyer)|
|3B - Jayson Werth 2 (3, Wells, Jimenez)|
|SF - Carlos Ruiz (3)|
|SH - Michael Bourn (1)|
|RBI - Greg Dobbs (53), Rod Barajas (10), Jayson Werth 3 (44), Carlos Ruiz (52)|
|2-OUT RBI - Greg Dobbs (31), Rod Barajas (5), Jayson Werth 2 (21)|
|SB - Jimmy Rollins (37, 2nd base off Percival/Stinnett), Jayson Werth 2 (7, 2nd base off Wells/Molina, 3rd base off Wells/Molina), Carlos Ruiz (5, 2nd base off Wells/Molina), Chris Roberson (2, 2nd base off Falkenborg/Stinnett)|
|Team LOB - 13|
|Brett Myers (BS,3)||2||2||1||1||0||2||0||4.57|
|Jose Mesa (W,2-3)||2||0||0||0||1||2||0||7.35|
|Clay Condrey (S,1)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||5.36|
|Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 54-35, J.D. Durbin 28-14, Geoff Geary 27-20, J.C. Romero 17-10, Tom Gordon 12-11, Brett Myers 28-18, Jose Mesa 34-22, Clay Condrey 9-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 2-4, J.D. Durbin 3-2, Geoff Geary 1-4, J.C. Romero 2-0, Tom Gordon 1-0, Brett Myers 1-3, Jose Mesa 3-1, Clay Condrey 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 14, J.D. Durbin 8, Geoff Geary 8, J.C. Romero 3, Tom Gordon 3, Brett Myers 8, Jose Mesa 7, Clay Condrey 3|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|So Taguchi, LF||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.290|
|Russ Springer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Randy Flores, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Adam Wainwright, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.291|
|Anthony Reyes, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.077|
|Ryan Franklin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Jason Isringhausen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- David Eckstein, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.298|
|Troy Percival, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Russell Branyan, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.197|
|Brendan Ryan, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.308|
|Aaron Miles, 2B||4||1||2||0||1||0||1||.299|
|Miguel Cairo, 3B||6||0||3||1||0||0||1||.250|
|Scott Spiezio, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||0||4||.262|
|Brian Falkenborg, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Albert Pujols, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.321|
|Joel Pineiro, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.077|
|Mike Maroth, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.214|
|Kelvin Jimenez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rick Ankiel, CF||6||1||1||0||0||2||4||.282|
|Yadier Molina, C||2||0||0||1||0||0||0||.276|
|Kelly Stinnett, C||4||0||0||0||0||3||1||.194|
|Skip Schumaker, RF-LF||6||0||1||1||0||1||0||.309|
|Todd Wellemeyer, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.083|
|Tyler Johnson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kip Wells, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.327|
|Ryan Ludwick, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.248|
|Brian Barden, 2B-SS||5||0||0||0||1||2||0||.154|
|a-singled for Flores in the 7th|
|b-popped out for Isringhausen in the 10th|
|c-walked for Falkenborg in the 13th|
|2B - Rick Ankiel (7, Hamels)|
|SF - Scott Spiezio (2)|
|RBI - Miguel Cairo (15), Scott Spiezio (29), Yadier Molina (39), Skip Schumaker (15)|
|CS - Ryan Ludwick (3, 2nd base by Gordon/Ruiz)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|PB - Kelly Stinnett (1)|
|E - Aaron Miles (14, Throwing)|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Kip Wells (H,1)||2.1||1||2||2||4||1||0||5.80|
|Russ Springer (BS,1)||1.1||0||0||0||1||2||0||2.18|
|Mike Maroth (L,5-7)||0.2||2||3||3||1||1||0||7.01|
|IBB - Howard by Jason Isringhausen, Rowand by Mike Maroth|
|Pitches-Strikes - Todd Wellemeyer 45-25, Tyler Johnson 9-5, Kip Wells 52-27, Russ Springer 18-11, Randy Flores 3-3, Ryan Franklin 24-17, Jason Isringhausen 31-16, Troy Percival 23-14, Brian Falkenborg 31-20, Mike Maroth 22-11, Kelvin Jimenez 7-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Todd Wellemeyer 3-1, Kip Wells 5-1, Russ Springer 1-1, Ryan Franklin 3-1, Jason Isringhausen 1-2, Troy Percival 1-2, Brian Falkenborg 1-1, Mike Maroth 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Todd Wellemeyer 10, Tyler Johnson 3, Kip Wells 12, Russ Springer 5, Randy Flores 1, Ryan Franklin 6, Jason Isringhausen 7, Troy Percival 4, Brian Falkenborg 7, Mike Maroth 5, Kelvin Jimenez 2|
|Attendance - 42170|
|Game Time - 5:04|
|Temperature - 86|
|Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Ed Montague, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Bill Miller|