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ST. LOUIS -- Shane Victorino helped the Philadelphia Phillies make a statement.
"We had the early lead, lost the lead early. This was a test of character," Victorino said. "What kind of team really are we? I think we can be a great team. It's just a matter of us going out there and doing it."
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Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his 13th straight save.
"That was a really good game for us," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said. "The hits that we got, that was definitely a confidence booster for us. We'll be OK."
St. Louis narrowed the margin to 9-8 with a two-out homer by David Freese. His 10th homer of the season went 463 feet and is the second longest homer in the stadium's seven-year history.
"I'd say they did a great job of fighting and staying with it, not quitting," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "That's something we've seen pretty consistently with this team. You just hate to have to fight that much."
Wigginton homered in the eighth to add an insurance run that proved valuable when Skip Schumaker hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom half of the inning.
Blanton, who gave up four homers in his last start, gave up two in 4 1/3 innings. He allowed 10 hits.
The Phillies led 6-0 after two innings against St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook.
Victorino hit into a fielder's choice to bring home a run, Wigginton singled up the middle to score Hunter Pence and Galvis hit a two-run single to make it 4-0.
"I try to be more relaxed up there," Galvis said. "I try to protect the whole home plate. It was the best game I've ever played, you know."
Victorino hit a two-out, two-run double in the second inning.
St. Louis fought back with a four-run third inning against Blanton. Westbrook led off with a single and scored on a groundout. Beltran hit an RBI single and Freese then doubled to drive in Beltran and later scored on a single by Molina.
It was Westbrook's shortest outing of the season. He allowed eight hits and three walks.
|Freddy Galvis slides in safely for a run behind catcher Yadier Molina in the fifth inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jimmy Rollins, SS||6||0||2||0||0||1||4||.233|
|Placido Polanco, 3B||6||1||3||1||0||0||1||.284|
|Hunter Pence, RF||5||2||0||0||1||1||4||.254|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||5||1||3||0||0||1||0||.366|
|Shane Victorino, CF||5||2||2||3||1||0||1||.270|
|Ty Wigginton, 1B||5||3||3||2||0||0||4||.254|
|John Mayberry Jr., LF||4||0||0||0||1||2||2||.232|
|Freddy Galvis, 2B||5||1||3||3||0||1||1||.250|
|Joe Blanton, P||3||0||0||0||0||3||3||.059|
|Raul Valdes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Mike Fontenot, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.500|
|Chad Qualls, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jacob Diekman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Pete Orr, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.300|
|Antonio Bastardo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jonathan Papelbon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Valdes in the 6th|
|b-singled for Diekman in the 8th|
|2B - Placido Polanco (8, Westbrook), Shane Victorino (10, Westbrook), Freddy Galvis (12, Marte)|
|HR - Ty Wigginton (3, Marte)|
|RBI - Placido Polanco (9), Shane Victorino 3 (22), Ty Wigginton 2 (16), Freddy Galvis 3 (22), Mike Fontenot (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Placido Polanco (5), Shane Victorino 2 (8), Ty Wigginton (8), Freddy Galvis 3 (11), Mike Fontenot (2)|
|Team LOB - 13|
|E - Carlos Ruiz (1, Missed catch of throw)|
|Raul Valdes (W,1-0)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Chad Qualls (H,9)||1.2||2||1||1||0||1||1||4.32|
|Jacob Diekman (H,1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||7.20|
|Antonio Bastardo (H,10)||1||2||1||1||1||2||0||1.98|
|Jonathan Papelbon (S,13)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.45|
|Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 84-56, Raul Valdes 11-6, Chad Qualls 20-15, Jacob Diekman 3-3, Antonio Bastardo 27-17, Jonathan Papelbon 16-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 4-4, Chad Qualls 3-1, Jacob Diekman 1-0, Jonathan Papelbon 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 24, Raul Valdes 2, Chad Qualls 7, Jacob Diekman 1, Antonio Bastardo 6, Jonathan Papelbon 4|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Rafael Furcal, SS||5||0||2||0||0||1||1||.341|
|Skip Schumaker, CF-2B||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||.306|
|Matt Holliday, LF||3||1||1||2||2||1||0||.271|
|Carlos Beltran, RF||5||1||3||1||0||1||2||.302|
|David Freese, 3B||5||3||2||2||0||0||2||.270|
|Yadier Molina, C||5||1||4||3||0||0||0||.314|
|Adron Chambers, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Matt Adams, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||3||2||.222|
|Mitchell Boggs, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Daniel Descalso, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.213|
|Tyler Greene, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.239|
|Fernando Salas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Victor Marte, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Steve Hill, 1B||2||1||1||0||0||0||1||.333|
|Jake Westbrook, P||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.176|
|Brandon Dickson, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Shane Robinson, CF||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.231|
|a-struck out for Boggs in the 9th|
|2B - Skip Schumaker (5, Blanton), Carlos Beltran (4, Blanton), David Freese (7, Blanton), Steve Hill (1, Bastardo)|
|HR - Matt Holliday (10, Blanton), David Freese (10, Qualls), Yadier Molina (6, Blanton)|
|SF - Skip Schumaker (1)|
|RBI - Skip Schumaker (12), Matt Holliday 2 (32), Carlos Beltran (38), David Freese 2 (33), Yadier Molina 3 (23)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran (15), David Freese 2 (17), Yadier Molina (6)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|E - David Freese (3, Throwing)|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Fernando Salas (L,0-3)||1||4||2||2||0||1||0||6.32|
|HBP - Ruiz (by Jake Westbrook)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jake Westbrook 92-56, Brandon Dickson 32-22, Fernando Salas 21-17, Victor Marte 27-18, Mitchell Boggs 14-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Westbrook 5-2, Brandon Dickson 3-1, Victor Marte 1-1, Mitchell Boggs 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Jake Westbrook 23, Brandon Dickson 7, Fernando Salas 7, Victor Marte 8, Mitchell Boggs 5|
|Attendance - 40135|
|Game Time - 3:31|
|Temperature - 87|
|Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Andy Fletcher|