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Cardinals clobber Lannan, Phillies in win

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By Scott Bierman By Scott Bierman

(BaseballStL) -- In search of snapping a three-game skid, the Philadelphia Phillies sent John Lannan to the mound in hopes he would continue his success against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

Those hopes would be dashed after the Cardinals offense ousted Lannan from the game after four innings in an 11-3 win.

After a quick nine-pitch first inning, Lannan found trouble when the first four Cardinals batters reached base in the 25-pitch second inning. The Cardinals managed to score two runs, which came on a single hit by Matt Adams past a reaching Darin Ruf near first base. In the next at-bat, Pete Kozma hit a moderately deep fly ball to Phillies right fielder Delmon Young, who doubled off David Freese with a strong throw to home plate for the second out.

Lannan was in a jam again after allowing the first two batters to reach in the third inning, and almost got out of the jam if not for a two-out bloop single by Yadier Molina to score a run.

In his final inning of work, Lannan struck out the first two batters before issuing a walk to St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook, who stole second base during Matt Carpenter’s 10-pitch at-bat. Westbrook would score one pitch after his first steal of the season after Carpenter hit an RBI single to center field to make it 4-0. Lannan threw 39 pitches in the inning, and 88 over four innings of work.

It was the first time Lannan allowed more than two earned runs in eight career starts against St. Louis. The poor outing also ended a stretch of back-to-back starts of eight innings pitched for Lannan.

The Phillies bullpen couldn’t do any better against the potent Cardinals offense.

Rookie right-hander J.C. Ramirez entered in relief of Lannan in the fifth inning and allowed five runs on four hits and two walks. Ramirez has allowed at least one earned run in four consecutive outings after making five scoreless appearances to begin his major league career.

The Cardinals added two more runs in the eighth inning for an 11-3 score, which also marked the  game’s final.

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