Herrera's solo homer lifts Phils to 4-3 win over Cardinals

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Odubel Herrera smiled when told he was being compared to Ichiro Suzuki and Vladimir Guerrero. He has potential to be known by his first name just like Ichiro and Vlad, too.

Herrera hit a tiebreaking, solo homer in the seventh inning, Cesar Hernandez hit a two-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 Wednesday to win their third straight series.

''What he's doing is special,'' manager Gabe Kapler said, adding that Herrera reminds him of Suzuki. ''It's elite.''

Herrera is batting .419 (13 for 31) with two doubles, five homers and eight RBI in the last seven games.

''He's a different breed,'' starter Jake Arrieta said before mentioning Guerrero's name with Herrera. ''When he gets hot, he's fun to watch.''

Herrera had a tough stretch after an excellent start before finding his stroke again.

''It's very satisfying to be compared to two legends,'' he said.

Yadier Molina hit a pair of homers for the Cardinals, who lost starter Michael Wacha to injury.

Philadelphia's beleaguered bullpen tossed three scoreless innings after Arrieta had another so-so outing, giving up both of Molina's homers. Edubray Ramos (2-0) got five outs and Adam Morgan retired the last two batters with the tying run on second for his first career save.

''It was cool to go out there and succeed,'' Morgan said.

The Phillies took two of three to win a series against the Cardinals for the first time since August 2014.

Arrieta gave up three runs and four hits in six innings to remain winless in June after posting a 0.90 ERA in five starts in May. Arrieta, who is earning $30 million this season as part of a three-year, $75 million contract, has a 6.97 ERA in four starts this month.

Wacha left in the fourth with a left oblique strain. The right-hander allowed three runs - one earned - and six hits in 3 2/3 innings. He'll have an MRI on Thursday.

''Feeling a little bit better,'' Wacha said. ''I'm hoping for the best.''

Herrera ripped a 91 mph slider from Sam Tuivailala (1-3) off the scoreboard on the facing of the second deck in right field to give the Phillies a 4-3 lead. Herrera has a homer in four straight games.

Pinch hitter Jedd Gyorko hit a one-out double off Victor Arano in the ninth. Morgan entered to get Matt Carpenter on a foul pop and Tommy Pham on a grounder.

Molina drove a 3-2 pitch the opposite-way into the seats in right-center for his fifth career multihomer game in the sixth to tie it at 3.

A throwing error by Carpenter led to a pair of unearned runs in the fourth. Jorge Alfaro reached with one out when Carpenter's throw pulled first baseman Jose Martinez off the bag. With two outs, Hernandez lined a 1-2 change-up to the seats in right for a 3-1 lead.

The Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the first after Rhys Hoskins hit a single, advanced to third on Herrera's double and scored on Carlos Santana's sacrifice fly.

Molina crushed Arrieta's first pitch in the second inning to left to tie it at 1.

Wacha worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the third by striking out Scott Kingery and retiring Nick Williams on a bouncer.

CLUTCH

Seven of Herrera's 12 homers have given Philadelphia a lead.

TRAINER'S ROOM

PHILLIES: INF J.P. Crawford was placed on the 10-day disabled list after breaking his hand Tuesday night. INF Mitch Walding was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to replace him. ... Williams returned to the lineup after he broke his nose in the field on Monday night.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (3-3, 2.73 ERA) takes the mound for the start of a four-game set at Milwaukee. He's 6-4, 1.95 vs. the Brewers.

Phillies: After a day off, RHP Zach Eflin (4-2, 3.43 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series at Washington on Friday night. Eflin has never faced the Nationals.

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  • W: E. Ramos (2-0)L: S. Tuivailala (1-3)S: A. Morgan (1)
  • HR: STL - Y. Molina 2 (9), PHI - C. Hernandez (8), O. Herrera (12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Pham CF50000015.266.346.444.790-0.5
J. Martinez 1B40100012.313.381.504.8850.5
M. Ozuna LF41100002.283.327.426.7542.0
Y. Molina C32232000.273.314.478.79314.0
D. Fowler RF40000012.166.273.271.544-0.5
G. Garcia SS40200012.272.344.395.7391.5
K. Wong 2B40000012.189.285.314.599-0.5
M. Wacha P10000010.080.115.080.195-0.5
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G. Holland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- J. Gyorko PH10100000.257.315.405.7202.0
Y. Munoz PR00000000.271.319.374.6930.0
  • a-struck out for Cecil in the 7th
  • b-doubled for Holland in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B41121011.262.370.393.7636.5
R. Hoskins LF31200110.257.375.472.8473.5
O. Herrera CF41311001.299.355.491.8469.0
C. Santana 1B20010110.224.354.424.7781.5
S. Kingery SS40100024.222.278.333.6110.0
N. Williams RF40100014.232.300.427.7270.5
M. Franco 3B40000011.240.284.409.693-0.5
J. Alfaro C41100011.242.285.385.6702.5
J. Arrieta P20000002.167.231.292.5220.0
a- A. Altherr PH10000011.181.300.322.622-0.5
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A. Morgan P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Arrieta in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Ramos in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Gyorko (7)
  • HR - Y. Molina 2 (9)
  • RBI - Y. Molina 3 (28)
  • 2-Out RBI - Y. Molina 2 (7)
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Herrera (14), J. Alfaro (9)
  • HR - C. Hernandez (8), O. Herrera (12)
  • SF - C. Santana (5)
  • RBI - C. Hernandez 2 (27), O. Herrera (41), C. Santana (41)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Hernandez 2 (14)
FIELDING
  • E - M. Carpenter (5)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Arrieta
  • PB - J. Alfaro (8)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Wacha3.26312213.201.231.0
M. Mayers1.10000303.041.234.5
B. Cecil1.01000205.542.003.0
S. Tuivailala (L, 1-3)1.02110113.681.50-4.5
G. Holland1.00000208.222.284.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Wacha3.2
M. Mayers1.1
B. Cecil1.0
S. Tuivailala (L, 1-3)1.0
G. Holland1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Arrieta6.04332523.421.2314.5
A. Davis0.11000100.003.00-0.5
E. Ramos (W, 2-0)1.21001200.641.099.0
V. Arano (H, 3)0.11000002.661.10-1.0
A. Morgan (S, 1)0.20000004.501.507.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Arrieta6.0
A. Davis0.1
E. Ramos (W, 2-0)1.2
V. Arano (H, 3)0.1
A. Morgan (S, 1)0.2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Wacha 75-49, M. Mayers 17-13, B. Cecil 19-13, S. Tuivailala 16-10, G. Holland 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Wacha 6-4, M. Mayers 1-0, S. Tuivailala 1-1, G. Holland 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Wacha 20, M. Mayers 4, B. Cecil 4, S. Tuivailala 5, G. Holland 3
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Arrieta (4)
  • IBB - E. Ramos (2)
  • HBP - E. Ramos
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Arrieta 92-61, A. Davis 9-6, E. Ramos 32-18, V. Arano 9-6, A. Morgan 7-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Arrieta 8-5, E. Ramos 1-2, A. Morgan 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Arrieta 24, A. Davis 2, E. Ramos 8, V. Arano 2, A. Morgan 2
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Carpenter 3B20000302.237.339.461.8003.0
T. Pham CF50000015.266.346.444.790-0.5
J. Martinez 1B40100012.313.381.504.8850.5
M. Ozuna LF41100002.283.327.426.7542.0
Y. Molina C32232000.273.314.478.79314.0
D. Fowler RF40000012.166.273.271.544-0.5
G. Garcia SS40200012.272.344.395.7391.5
K. Wong 2B40000012.189.285.314.599-0.5
M. Wacha P10000010.080.115.080.195-0.5
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G. Holland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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Y. Munoz PR00000000.271.319.374.6930.0
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  • a-struck out for Cecil in the 7th
  • b-doubled for Holland in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B41121011.262.370.393.7636.5
R. Hoskins LF31200110.257.375.472.8473.5
O. Herrera CF41311001.299.355.491.8469.0
C. Santana 1B20010110.224.354.424.7781.5
S. Kingery SS40100024.222.278.333.6110.0
N. Williams RF40100014.232.300.427.7270.5
M. Franco 3B40000011.240.284.409.693-0.5
J. Alfaro C41100011.242.285.385.6702.5
J. Arrieta P20000002.167.231.292.5220.0
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A. Davis P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-struck out for Arrieta in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Ramos in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Gyorko (7)
  • HR - Y. Molina 2 (9)
  • RBI - Y. Molina 3 (28)
  • 2-Out RBI - Y. Molina 2 (7)
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Herrera (14), J. Alfaro (9)
  • HR - C. Hernandez (8), O. Herrera (12)
  • SF - C. Santana (5)
  • RBI - C. Hernandez 2 (27), O. Herrera (41), C. Santana (41)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Hernandez 2 (14)
FIELDING
  • E - M. Carpenter (5)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Arrieta
  • PB - J. Alfaro (8)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Wacha3.26312213.201.231.0
M. Mayers1.10000303.041.234.5
B. Cecil1.01000205.542.003.0
S. Tuivailala (L, 1-3)1.02110113.681.50-4.5
G. Holland1.00000208.222.284.0
Total8.09422102---
PITCHERSIP
M. Wacha3.2
M. Mayers1.1
B. Cecil1.0
S. Tuivailala (L, 1-3)1.0
G. Holland1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Arrieta6.04332523.421.2314.5
A. Davis0.11000100.003.00-0.5
E. Ramos (W, 2-0)1.21001200.641.099.0
V. Arano (H, 3)0.11000002.661.10-1.0
A. Morgan (S, 1)0.20000004.501.507.0
Total9.0733382---
PITCHERSIP
J. Arrieta6.0
A. Davis0.1
E. Ramos (W, 2-0)1.2
V. Arano (H, 3)0.1
A. Morgan (S, 1)0.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Wacha 75-49, M. Mayers 17-13, B. Cecil 19-13, S. Tuivailala 16-10, G. Holland 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Wacha 6-4, M. Mayers 1-0, S. Tuivailala 1-1, G. Holland 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Wacha 20, M. Mayers 4, B. Cecil 4, S. Tuivailala 5, G. Holland 3
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Arrieta (4)
  • IBB - E. Ramos (2)
  • HBP - E. Ramos
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Arrieta 92-61, A. Davis 9-6, E. Ramos 32-18, V. Arano 9-6, A. Morgan 7-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Arrieta 8-5, E. Ramos 1-2, A. Morgan 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Arrieta 24, A. Davis 2, E. Ramos 8, V. Arano 2, A. Morgan 2
  • 7TH INNING
    Herrera homered to right34
  • 6TH INNING
    Molina homered to right center, Ozuna scored33
  • 4TH INNING
    Hernandez homered to right, Alfaro scored13
  • 2ND INNING
    Molina homered to left11
  • 1ST INNING
    Santana hit sacrifice fly to right, Hoskins scored, Herrera to third01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Victor Arano pitching
    • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Wong flied out to center
    • Jedd Gyorko hit for Greg Holland
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gyorko doubled to left center
    • Yairo Munoz ran for Jedd Gyorko
    • Adam Morgan relieved Victor Arano
    • M. Carpenter: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Carpenter fouled out to third
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pham grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • E. Ramos Pitching:
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Martinez singled to shallow right center
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ozuna flied out to right
    • Y. Molina: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Molina hit by pitch, Martinez to second
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Fowler popped out to third
    • G. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Garcia grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Greg Holland relieved Sam Tuivailala
    • M. Franco: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Franco struck out swinging
    • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Alfaro grounded out to shortstop
    • Mitch Walding hit for Edubray Ramos
    • M. Walding: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Walding struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Austin Davis pitching
    • G. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Garcia singled to left center
    • K. Wong: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wong struck out swinging
    • Harrison Bader hit for Brett Cecil
    • Edubray Ramos relieved Austin Davis
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Garcia to second on passed ball, Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter intentionally walked
    • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Sam Tuivailala pitching
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Herrera homered to right
    • C. Santana: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Santana lined out to right
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Kingery reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • N. Williams: Pickoff attempt, Williams grounded out to third
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Pham grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Martinez: Foul, Martinez grounded out to second
    • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Ozuna singled to center
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Ozuna to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Molina homered to right center, Ozuna scored
    • D. Fowler: Strike swinging, Fowler flied out to center
    • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brett Cecil relieved Mike Mayers
    • M. Franco: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Franco lined out to left
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Alfaro doubled to deep right
    • Aaron Altherr hit for Jake Arrieta
    • A. Altherr: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Altherr struck out swinging
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • G. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Garcia singled to shallow left
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Foul, Wong flied out to deep center
    • M. Mayers: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Mayers struck out looking
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter flied out to shallow left
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mayers Pitching:
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Santana struck out on foul tip
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
    • N. Williams: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ozuna lined out to first
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Molina grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • M. Franco: Franco grounded out to third
    • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Foul, Alfaro safe at first on 3rd baseman Carpenter fielding error
    • J. Arrieta: Foul, Arrieta flied out to center
    • C. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Hernandez homered to right, Alfaro scored
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hoskins walked
    • Mike Mayers relieved Michael Wacha
    • O. Herrera: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Herrera grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • M. Wacha: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Wacha struck out looking
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carpenter walked
    • T. Pham: Pham lined out to center
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martinez grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to second
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Hoskins singled to left
    • O. Herrera: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Herrera singled to center, Hoskins to second
    • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana walked, Hoskins to third, Herrera to second
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
    • N. Williams: Williams grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • Y. Molina: Molina homered to left
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Fowler grounded out to first
    • G. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Garcia struck out looking
    • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wong grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • N. Williams: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Williams singled to shallow left
    • M. Franco: Franco grounded out to third, Williams to second
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
    • J. Arrieta: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Arrieta flied out to center
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carpenter walked
    • T. Pham: Pham reached on fielder's choice to third, Carpenter out at second
    • J. Martinez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pham to second on pitcher Arrieta fielding error, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Ozuna grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez grounded out to first
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Hoskins singled to shallow left
    • O. Herrera: Herrera doubled to deep right, Hoskins to third
    • C. Santana: Strike swinging, Ball, Santana hit sacrifice fly to right, Hoskins scored, Herrera to third
    • S. Kingery: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kingery lined out to first
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)