PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Cardinals seem to have gotten a hitting bug in Philadelphia.
Randal Grichuk hit two home runs, doubled and drove in four runs, and John Lackey pitched seven strong innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 10-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.
Jason Heyward had three hits with a double and two RBIs, Jhonny Peralta had three singles with an RBI, and Yadier Molina singled, doubled and drove in a run for the Cardinals, who won their seventh in nine games while beating Philadelphia for the fifth straight time. The Cardinals pounded out 16 hits, tying their season-high set in Friday’s 12-4 win over Philadelphia.
“Hitting is contagious,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “I’ve seen real good at-bats. It’s probably the first time this year we’ve had this much hitting. We’re fortunate that we have a lineup that guys know their roles.”
Lackey (6-4) allowed one run on five hits to earn his first victory on the road this season away from Busch Stadium. He entered 0-3 with a 6.27 ERA in six road starts.
“I thought I pitched pretty good,” Lackey said. “I was locating my fastball well.”
Cody Asche homered for the Phillies, who have lost 11 of 12.
“These aren’t fun games,” Asche said of the last two losses.
Aaron Harang (4-9) lost his sixth straight start for the first time in his career, giving up four runs on seven hits in six innings. Harang struck out six and walked one. The right-hander dropped to 7-17 in 29 career starts against St. Louis.
Phillies starters extended their club-record winless streak to 25 games. The last win for a Philadelphia starter came on May 23. Since then, they are 0-16 with a 5.97 ERA.
Harang said it might be a matter of pitchers trying to do too much.
“Sometimes when you’re going out there, you’re trying to executive that perfect pitch and you try to put too much pressure on yourself,” he said. “That’s where it hurts.”
Grichuk sent Harang to the defeat with a 427-foot drive in the sixth inning. After Heyward and Molina singled leading off the frame, Grichuk drove them in by belting his fifth homer of season deep into the Phillies bullpen in center field.
“I’m going up there being aggressive, trusting my abilities and just reacting,” Grichuk said.
Philadelphia had taken a 1-0 in the second on Asche’s solo shot to right.
But Lackey limited the Phillies to just four hits over the next 5 1/3 scoreless innings.
The Cardinals tied it in the fourth on Molina’s RBI double to left field. Peralta scored from first when Asche misplayed the ball in left field, thinking it was going to carom off the railing down the line before watching it carry to the corner.
Heyward’s two-run double highlighted St. Louis’ four-run eighth inning. The runs were charged to Seth Rosin, who was making his Phillies debut after being called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley in place of right-hander Phillippe Aumont. He was designated for assignment after allowing six runs in four innings on Friday.
Grichuk led off the ninth with a solo shot to left off Rosin, marking his first multi-homer game of his career. He also homered on Friday.
Rosin ended up with a 22.50 ERA on the evening after allowing five runs on seven hits in two innings. In a somber clubhouse afterward, Rosin sat slumped at his locker with his head in his hands for several minutes.
Molina extended his hitting streak to seven games. He is batting .462 with two homers and four RBIs during the streak.
Cardinals: RHP Lance Lynn, on the DL since June 8, threw a bullpen session on Saturday to test his right forearm strain. The Cardinals will assess Lynn’s condition on Sunday, and then determine when he might be able to return to the rotation.
Cardinals: RHP Michael Wacha (9-2, 2.48) looks to continue his road success when he takes the mound for the series finale Sunday afternoon. Wacha is 6-1 with a 2.08 ERA in eight road starts this season.
Phillies: LHP Adam Morgan will make his big-league debut on Sunday, filling in for injured No. 3 starter Jerome Williams (left hamstring strain). Morgan was winless in 13 starts at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, going 0-6 with a 4.74 ERA.
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