8:10 PM ET, September 17, 2007
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
• Summary: The Phillies, who held an 11-0 lead in the sixth, allowed the Cardinals to close the lead to 12-11 in the eighth. But Aaron Rowand provided some breathing room with a solo blast, his second of the night, in the ninth to help Philadelphia to its fifth win in a row.
• Hunt for October: The Phillies, 1½ games behind San Diego in the wild-card race, pulled within 2½ games of the NL East-leading Mets.
• Defense wins games: Rowand rescued the Phillies with a tumbling catch on the warning track to prevent the tying and go-ahead runs from scoring in the eighth.
• Unsung hero: Ryan Howard hit a grand slam and a solo homer for the Phillies. Howard now has 40 home runs on the season.
• Figure this: No team has taken an 11-run lead and lost in a major league game since Aug. 5, 2001, when Seattle had a 12-run lead and lost 15-14 in 11 innings at Cleveland.
• Quotable: "You try and score as many runs as you can. In this case, we really needed it." -- Howard
-- ESPN.com news services
Phillies 13, Cardinals 11
Thompson is 0-3 with a 5.71 ERA in 15 outings since the All-Star break, five of them starts. He's 0-2 with a 11.57 ERA against the Phillies this year, giving up nine earned runs in seven innings in three games. ... Kendrick has walked only 10 in his last 10 starts covering 60 1/3 innings. ... The Phillies have hit 29 homers in their last 18 games against the Cardinals.
Regular Season Series
|Philadelphia leads 6-3 (as of Mon 9/17)|
|Fri 6/22||PHI 6, @STL 0||Recap|
|Sat 6/23||@STL 8, PHI 3||Recap|
|Sun 6/24||PHI 5, @STL 1||Recap|
|Fri 7/13||@PHI 13, STL 3||Recap|
|Sat 7/14||@PHI 10, STL 4||Recap|
|Sun 7/15||STL 10, @PHI 2||Recap|
|» Mon 9/17||PHI 13, @STL 11||Box Score|
|Tue 9/18||PHI 7, @STL 4||Recap|
|Wed 9/19||@STL 2, PHI 1||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Phillies | Cardinals|
|2nd||R Howard homered to left.||1||0|
|4th||A Rowand homered to center, R Howard scored.||3||0|
|4th||J Rollins homered to right center, J Werth and C Ruiz scored.||6||0|
|5th||J Werth singled to center, P Burrell scored, G Dobbs to second, G Dobbs thrown out at third attempting to advance on play.||7||0|
|6th||R Howard homered to left, K Kendrick, J Rollins and P Burrell scored.||11||0|
|6th||A Pujols singled to center, S Schumaker scored.||11||1|
|6th||R Ludwick homered to left center, A Pujols scored.||11||3|
|7th||S Victorino hit sacrifice fly to left, J Werth scored.||12||3|
|7th||A Miles singled to center, K Stinnett and B Barden scored, R Branyan to second.||12||5|
|7th||A Pujols doubled to deep left, R Branyan and A Miles scored, S Schumaker to third.||12||7|
|7th||R Ludwick grounded out to second, S Schumaker scored, A Pujols to third.||12||8|
|7th||R Ankiel hit sacrifice fly to center, A Pujols scored.||12||9|
|8th||B Barden scored, R Branyan to second on passed ball by C Ruiz.||12||10|
|8th||S Schumaker singled to center, R Branyan scored.||12||11|
|9th||A Rowand homered to left.||13||11|
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|Stadium||Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO|
|Attendance||42,031 (95.6% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||82 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Bill Miller, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Ed Montague, Third Base - Jerry Layne|