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Cards lose road series for just 2nd time this season

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Brett Myers is earning respect around the
National League.

Pat Burrell had three hits and two RBI, and Myers had another
solid outing, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-4 victory
over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.

"He's the real deal," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said.

Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds homered for the NL Central-leading
vCardinals, who lost a road series for just the second time this
season.

Myers (4-2) gave up three runs and six hits, striking out nine
in seven innings. His ERA rose from 1.63 to 1.87 as he allowed more
than two runs for only the second time in nine starts.

"I tried to stop overthrowing and make good pitches," said
Myers, who has pitched well this season after struggling last year.
"I made two mistakes and they hit them out."

It was an important victory for the last-place Phillies, who
begin a difficult nine-game road trip against Baltimore, Florida
and Atlanta.

Chase Utley's infield single drove in the go-ahead run against
Jason Marquis in the fourth inning, giving the Phillies a 4-3 lead.

Marquis (5-3) nearly worked out of a jam after Jimmy Rollins and
Bobby Abreu walked and pulled off a double steal. The right-hander
struck out Burrell for the second out, but Utley beat Marquis to
the bag on a grounder to first base, scoring Rollins.

Burrell's RBI double off the wall in center field made it 5-3 in
the sixth. He drove in the first run on a single in the first.

Pinch-hitter Jose Offerman hit a solo homer off Julian Tavarez
in the seventh to give the Phillies a three-run cushion.

"We came up with a couple more big hits, but the whole thing
revolves around pitching and Brett has been real good for us,"
Burrell said.

Marquis allowed four runs, seven hits and tied a career high
with six walks in four innings. It was his shortest outing since
lasting only four innings against Pittsburgh last May 26.

"I just didn't have it. I couldn't get anything going,"
Marquis said. "Mechanically, nothing went right."

Edmonds led off the second with his seventh homer to tie it at
1. Pujols hit his second two-run homer in two games to give the
Cardinals a 3-2 lead in the third.

Utley scored on a wild pitch to tie it at 3 in the third. Myers
gave the Phillies a 2-1 lead with an RBI single after faking a bunt
in the second.

Reggie Sanders doubled off Billy Wagner in the ninth and scored
on a groundout.

Game notes
Phillies 1B Jim Thome, on the disabled list since May 3
with a lower back strain, had two hits in an extended spring
training game, but the Phillies said the slugger will remain in
Florida instead of being activated on Friday. "It's coming along
good," Thome said. "Coming down here and playing has been a good
thing for me. It has been good to get back in the action." ... The
Phillies plan to activate CF Kenny Lofton on Friday. He's also been
sidelined since May 3 with a hamstring injury. ... Abreu extended
his hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the sixth. He
didn't homer for only the second time in 11 games. ... Phillies 3B
David Bell got his 1,000th career hit on an RBI single in the
eighth. ... St. Louis fell to an NL-best 13-6 on the road. ... Each
team had three stolen bases. ... Offerman's homer was his first as
a pinch-hitter.