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PHILADELPHIA -- Jake Westbrook is having a season to savor.
He wants to keep it going deep into October.
The World Series champion Cardinals are in the thick of the wild-card hunt and Westbrook gave them a needed 7 2/3 strong innings. Westbrook (12-8) allowed four hits, walked two and struck out three and has won five straight starts for the first time in his career.
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The Cardinals are trying to make a run at defending at their championship and Westbrook has helped keep their playoff dreams afloat. He's showed his durability with 12 straight starts of at least six innings, and matched his win total from 2011 (12-9) in 10 fewer starts (33 in 2011; 23 in 2012).
"He was as good as we've seen him," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "His sinker was falling off the table."
Jason Motte struck out two in a scoreless ninth for his 26th save.
Cliff Lee (2-7) retired 12 straight batters before the Cardinals tagged him for consecutive hits to open the sixth inning. Holliday followed with a shot to right for his 22nd homer of the season.
"The way Jake pitched, he deserved to win," Holliday said.
Lee has allowed eight homers over his last three home starts and 19 overall on the season. Lee gave up 18 homers in 232 2/3 innings last season.
He remained winless at home this season.
Staked to a 1-0 lead, Lee was cruising and had his first home victory since September 5, 2011, in sight until Holliday took him deep. Carlos Beltran added an RBI single in the eighth to make it 4-1 and chase the lefty. Lee allowed 10 hits, walked none and struck out four in seven-plus innings.
He left two runners stranded in the first inning and stranded another runner at third in the second.
It hasn't worked out that way and the Phillies have disappointed.
"I had the game in hand," Lee said.
"I got a lot of ground balls and the defense was working for me," Westbrook said.
Westbrook allowed his only run in the first inning on Ryan Howard's fielder's choice. Utley's hard slide into second rattled shortstop Rafael Furcal on his throw to get Howard, allowing Dom Brown to score from third.
The Phillies never had a runner reach third after the first inning.
"Our offense was really weak tonight," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
Holliday gave Westbrook all the run support he needed with a homer that barely cleared the right field wall and gave him 79 RBIs. Beltran leads the National League with 82 RBIs.
"Those two guys have been carrying the load," Matheny said.
|Jake Westbrook wins his fifth straight start, giving up just four hits in 7 2/3 innings to outlast Cliff Lee. (US Presswire)|
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|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Jon Jay, CF||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.306|
|Allen Craig, 1B||5||2||3||0||0||2||0||.299|
|Matt Holliday, LF||5||1||3||3||0||1||1||.319|
|Jason Motte, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Carlos Beltran, RF||4||0||1||1||0||2||2||.286|
|David Freese, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.300|
|Yadier Molina, C||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.315|
|Rafael Furcal, SS||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.263|
|Ryan Jackson, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|a- Daniel Descalso, PH-2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.234|
|Jake Westbrook, P||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.143|
|Marc Rzepczynski, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Matt Carpenter, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.300|
|Shane Robinson, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.256|
|a-popped out for Jackson in the 8th|
|b-struck out for Rzepczynski in the 9th|
|2B - Allen Craig 2 (24, Lee, Lee), Yadier Molina (22, Lee)|
|HR - Matt Holliday (22, Lee)|
|RBI - Matt Holliday 3 (79), Carlos Beltran (82)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Jackson-Furcal-Craig|
|E - Ryan Jackson (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Jake Westbrook (W,12-8)||7.2||4||1||1||2||3||0||3.62|
|Marc Rzepczynski (H,14)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.54|
|Jason Motte (S,26)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.57|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jake Westbrook 93-62, Marc Rzepczynski 2-1, Jason Motte 16-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Westbrook 16-4|
|Batters Faced - Jake Westbrook 29, Marc Rzepczynski 1, Jason Motte 3|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.246|
|Domonic Brown, RF||3||1||1||0||1||0||1||.286|
|Chase Utley, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.246|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||1||0||.216|
|Laynce Nix, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.273|
|Nate Schierholtz, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.246|
|Kevin Frandsen, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.341|
|Erik Kratz, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.317|
|Cliff Lee, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.195|
|B.J. Rosenberg, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Raul Valdes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Juan Pierre, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.309|
|Michael Schwimer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Valdes in the 8th|
|2B - Kevin Frandsen (1, Westbrook)|
|RBI - Ryan Howard (16)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Rollins-Utley-Howard|
|Cliff Lee (L,2-7)||7||10||4||4||0||6||1||3.85|
|HBP - Molina (by B.J. Rosenberg), Jay (by Michael Schwimer)|
|WP - Michael Schwimer (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 110-81, B.J. Rosenberg 11-5, Raul Valdes 1-1, Michael Schwimer 18-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 6-9, B.J. Rosenberg 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 31, B.J. Rosenberg 3, Raul Valdes 1, Michael Schwimer 4|
|Attendance - 44233|
|Game Time - 2:44|
|Temperature - 79|
|Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Lance Barrett, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Dana DeMuth|