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Phillies edge Cardinals in 11 innings

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PHILADELPHIA -- Juan Pierre took an Olympic-sized dose of inspiration watching Usain Bolt sprint to gold.

He took off on a 90-foot dash to his own finish line at first base.

No medals, just a needed victory for the Phillies.

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Pierre beat out a run-scoring infield single in the 11th inning, lifting Phillies to an 8-7 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

"Once I hit it, I was like, `Get to the bag,"' Pierre said.

Pierre hit a ball deep into the hole that shortstop Rafael Furcal made a great stab at and fired to first. Pierre, who enjoyed watching Bolt compete, just beat the throw to score Jimmy Rollins and help the Phillies win two of three against the Cardinals.

"I played with Furcal so I knew what kind of arm he had," Pierre said. "Guys are saying he slipped a little bit and couldn't get that much on the throw. He still got a lot on it, but not enough, and it happened to work out.

Rollins reached against Barret Browning (0-2) on a fielder's choice. He advanced to second base on a grounder and then stole third.

Without that stolen base, the game was going to the 12th.

Without Erik Kratz, the Phillies were going home losers.

Kratz delivered again in the clutch for the Phillies with a three-run homer off Mitchell Boggs in the eighth that tied the game 7-all. He continued his role as unlikely star for the Phillies and delivered one of his biggest hits yet.

Chase Utley and Howard walked against Marc Rzepczynski to lead off the eighth.

Kratz then connected for the tying homer, his fifth, to left that sent the crowd into a frenzy.

The 32-year-old Kratz was a minor league journeyman pressed into the big leagues when reserve catcher Brian Schneider was injured. Kratz has become a fan favorite because of his instant production (9 of first 13 hits for extra bases) and feel-good story.

"You want to be the guy that gets called up," Kratz said. "You're not going to sit there and just stay complacent. You're going to give everything you have and want to get your uniform dirty to win the game. You want to be asked to be put in that spot."

So close to victory, the Cardinals head home with a tough loss to deal with as they try and make ground in their playoff push.

"Pierre showed his speed. I thought he would be out," Browning said. "All losses are tough, but this one hurts a little more."

Ryan Howard also homered for the Phillies. Matt Carpenter had three RBI for the Cardinals.

Jeremy Horst (2-0) tossed two scoreless innings for his first major league victory in a game that lasted 3 hours, 53 minutes.

Kratz's tying shot was the breakthrough the Phillies needed against a tough Cardinals bullpen.

Jon Jay hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning and Carpenter followed with an RBI single to make it 7-4.

Cardinals relievers had held the Phillies scoreless until the eighth after they scored four runs against starter Lance Lynn.

Howard, who missed 84 games after rupturing his left Achilles tendon while making the final out of the NL division series last October, had little to worry about on his home run trot. His solo shot to left-center, his seventh, tied the game at 4 in the fourth inning. The game appeared headed toward a back-and-forth high scoring game -- and returned to that flavor over the final three innings.

Lynn entered leading the National League with a 6.77 run support average and his 23rd start of the season was trending that way.

The Phillies roughed up Lynn with a three-run first. Utley's two-RBI triple made it 2-1 and Howard followed with a shot off second baseman Daniel Descalso's glove for a run-scoring single.

Lynn, a 13-game winner, allowed four runs in five innings and is winless in his last three starts.

"We've had series like this all season and they are tough losses," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.

The Cardinals did what they could to put Lynn in position for win No. 14. Carlos Beltran doubled to right for his NL-best 83rd RBI in the third to cut it to 3-2.

The Cardinals scored the tying run in the fourth on a throwing error by Kratz and went up 4-3 on Carpenter's RBI single to center.

Carpenter wasted little time putting the Cardinals up 1-0 in the first when he ripped one into the right-center gap for an RBI double.

Vance Worley has just one win in his last five starts and had another rough outing Sunday. He allowed nine hits and four runs in 5 1/3 innings -- one start after he was chased by Atlanta in the fourth inning. He's battled bone chips that caused a stint on the DL and a string of mediocre starts.

Notes

  • The Phillies finished 5-4 on their homestand.
  • The Cardinals head to St. Louis to open a nine-game game homestand.
  • The Phillies are 5-9 in extra innings; the Cardinals 3-8.
 
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Juan Pierre (center) beats out a run-scoring infield single in the 11th inning to lift the Phillies over the Cardinals.  (Getty Images)
Juan Pierre (center) beats out a run-scoring infield single in the 11th inning to lift the Phillies over the Cardinals. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

E. Kratz
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
St. Louis

M. Carpenter
AB 6
R 0
H 4
HR 0
RBI 3
 
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jon Jay, CF5332111 .312
Matt Carpenter, 3B6043012 .312
Matt Holliday, LF6100014 .315
Carlos Beltran, RF6011023 .284
Allen Craig, 1B5020111 .301
Daniel Descalso, 2B5010112 .233
Tony Cruz, C5120004 .226
Rafael Furcal, SS4110011 .263
Lance Lynn, P1000001 .077
   a- Skip Schumaker, PH1000000 .310
    Fernando Salas, P0000000 .000
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
   b- David Freese, PH0100100 .300
    Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
    Mitchell Boggs, P0000000 .000
   c- Shane Robinson, PH1000010 .254
    Barret Browning, P0000000 .000
Totals45714649  
a-grounded out for Lynn in the 6th
b-walked for Mujica in the 8th
c-struck out for Boggs in the 10th
Batting
2B - Jon Jay (11, Schwimer), Matt Carpenter (14, Worley), Carlos Beltran (20, Worley), Tony Cruz (7, Worley)
SH - Rafael Furcal (3), Lance Lynn (8)
RBI - Jon Jay 2 (24), Matt Carpenter 3 (28), Carlos Beltran (83)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran (23)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - M. Carpenter-Descalso-Craig
PB - Tony Cruz (2)
E - Lance Lynn (1, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lance Lynn 5444221 3.65
Fernando Salas 1000110 4.54
Edward Mujica 1000010 3.89
Marc Rzepczynski0022200 5.02
Mitchell Boggs (BS,3) 2111011 2.29
Barret Browning (L,0-2) 1.2211100 4.24
IBB - Martinez by Lance Lynn
HBP - Pierre (by Lance Lynn), Utley (by Lance Lynn)
Pitches-Strikes - Lance Lynn 86-51, Fernando Salas 15-9, Edward Mujica 15-10, Marc Rzepczynski 11-3, Mitchell Boggs 18-13, Barret Browning 37-25
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Lynn 8-4, Fernando Salas 1-1, Edward Mujica 2-0, Mitchell Boggs 2-3, Barret Browning 3-2
Batters Faced - Lance Lynn 22, Fernando Salas 4, Edward Mujica 3, Marc Rzepczynski 2, Mitchell Boggs 7, Barret Browning 8
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF5111000 .307
Kevin Frandsen, 3B5110000 .326
Chase Utley, 2B3212100 .248
Ryan Howard, 1B3122101 .230
    Nate Schierholtz, PR-CF0100100 .246
Domonic Brown, RF4000114 .256
John Mayberry Jr., CF-1B5000003 .228
Erik Kratz, C4123111 .333
Michael Martinez, SS2000111 .130
   a- Jimmy Rollins, PH-SS2100000 .245
Vance Worley, P2000012 .088
    Raul Valdes, P0000000 .000
    Josh Lindblom, P0000000 .000
   b- Laynce Nix, PH1000010 .269
    Michael Schwimer, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Papelbon, P0000000 .000
   c- Ty Wigginton, PH1000000 .229
    Jeremy Horst, P0000000 .000
   d- Brian Schneider, PH1000000 .216
Totals3887865  
a-grounded out for Martinez in the 8th
b-struck out for Lindblom in the 7th
c-popped out for Papelbon in the 9th
d-grounded out for Horst in the 11th
Batting
2B - Erik Kratz (6, Browning)
3B - Chase Utley (2, Lynn)
HR - Ryan Howard (7, Lynn), Erik Kratz (5, Boggs)
RBI - Juan Pierre (20), Chase Utley 2 (20), Ryan Howard 2 (18), Erik Kratz 3 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Pierre (11), Erik Kratz 3 (7)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (18, 3rd base off Browning/Cruz)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Martinez-Utley-Howard
E - Erik Kratz (1, Throwing), Josh Lindblom (1, Throwing), Chase Utley (3, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Vance Worley 5.1944240 3.97
Raul Valdes 0.2000010 3.20
Josh Lindblom 1000110 3.33
Michael Schwimer 1333100 4.13
Jonathan Papelbon 1000000 2.87
Jeremy Horst (W,1-0) 2200030 1.13
Pitches-Strikes - Vance Worley 91-65, Raul Valdes 6-4, Josh Lindblom 19-11, Michael Schwimer 25-15, Jonathan Papelbon 5-3, Jeremy Horst 24-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vance Worley 6-6, Josh Lindblom 1-1, Michael Schwimer 1-2, Jonathan Papelbon 2-1, Jeremy Horst 1-2
Batters Faced - Vance Worley 27, Raul Valdes 2, Josh Lindblom 4, Michael Schwimer 7, Jonathan Papelbon 3, Jeremy Horst 8
Game Information
Attendance - 42877
Game Time - 3:53
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Lance Barrett, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Doug Eddings