PHILADELPHIA — After scoring two or fewer runs in their previous five games, the Phillies scored more on Thursday night. It still wasn’t enough in a 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies (6-10) have lost four in a row. They had 13 hits but failed to draw a walk for the fourth consecutive game.
“We had chances and couldn’t cash in on it,” manager Charlie Manuel said.
They had a chance in the bottom of the ninth. Ben Revere led off against Edward Mujica with a single to center. He aggressively advanced to third on Erik Kratz’s single.
Kevin Frandsen grounded to short on the drawn-in infield. Even the speedy Revere had to hold up despite the fact that shortstop Pete Kozma bobbled the ball before throwing Frandsen out.
Jimmy Rollins struck out for the second out and Cliff Lee came in to pinch-run for Kratz at second. Freddy Galvis ended the game with a groundout to second.
“We battled and our approach was better, but we didn’t get the result,” said Michael Young, who extended his hitting streak to nine games.
The Cardinals opened the scoring in the fourth. Matt Holliday led off with a walk and Allen Craig followed with a double to right-center field that was a true gift. Before attempting to make the catch, Phillies rightfielder John Mayberry Jr. fell and the ball landed in front of him.
Yadier Molina, who entered the game with a lifetime .313 average against the Phillies, hit a two-run double down the right-field line that was ruled just fair. Manuel argued the call and replays indicated that he had a legitimate beef.
In the bottom of the inning, Chase Utley hit a one-out single to center and advanced to second on Ryan Howard’s second infield single, a rarity for sure. Howard’s bouncer hit second baseman Matt Carpenter in the chest. Carpenter was unable to make the play.
Young then hit into an inning-ending double play.
The Phillies tied it at 2 in the sixth. Rollins hit a one-out double down the first-base line. Galvis then drilled an RBI double to deep center. Cardinals centerfielder John Jay got a late jump on the ball and just missed making the catch near the wall. Utley tied the score with an RBI single that just eluded shortstop Kozma.
St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright averted further damage by getting Howard and Young on groundouts.
The Cardinals regained the lead in the seventh.
David Freese led off with a double to right-center field and was sacrificed to third by Jay. Freese scored on a sacrifice fly by Kozma to right. Mayberry’s throw home was off-line and Freese easily scored.
Mayberry led off the bottom of the inning with an infield hit and was sacrificed to second by Revere, who was dropped from leadoff to seventh in the order. Mayberry advanced to third on a one-out wild pitch and scored on Kratz’s RBI single to left.
Domonic Brown, who left Wednesday’s loss at Cincinnati with a back strain, pinch-hit for Cole Hamels and hit into a fielder’s choice for the second out.
The inning ended when Rollins lined out to rightfielder Carlos Beltran, who almost misjudged the ball but recovered to make the catch.
Hamels pitched seven innings and allowed five hits and three earned runs while striking out eight and walking two.
Shortly after he departed, St. Louis took a 4-3 lead on Beltran’s one-out home run to left off Mike Adams that barely cleared the fence.
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