Game Log: Cards fall 4-1 to Phillies in series opener -

Game Log: Cards fall 4-1 to Phillies in series opener

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Busch Stadium By Bryce Moore Busch Stadium By Bryce Moore
By John Bailey By John Bailey

(BaseballStL) — Jonathan Papelbon would come on to close down shop for the Phillies, getting two pop outs to second before Matt Adams rolled one there to end the contest.

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Shelby Miller was pulled in the seventh, having thrown 93 pitches and surrendering four runs. Randy Choate and Seth Maness took the game from there, combining for two scoreless frames. 

In the eighth, the Cardinals finally broke David Buchanan's spell. 

When Jhonny Peralta led off with a walk, two quick outs followed. Kolten Wong popped up foul, but pinch hitter Mark Ellis' swinging bunt moved Peralta to second. 

Matt Carpenter would score him with a single into right center, and chase Buchanan from the game. 

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Held to just two hits through five innings, the Cardinals were unable to mount any sort of serious attack. 

For Philiadelphia, Ryan Howard matched that total in the top of the sixth. 

After Chase Utley reached on a single, the big first baseman hit his 14th homer of the season. The ball barely got out of Busch, going 400 feet to the left field corner. It was just enough to clear the 336-foot wall and give the Phillies a 4-0 lead. 

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After Yadier Molina cut down Rollins trying to steal second, the Cardinals went down in order in the the bottom of the third. 

The Phillies came out swinging in the fourth, stringing three hits together to score the first run of the game.

Carlos Ruiz led off with a double, and was scored by Chase Utley a few pitches later with a single. Utley would go on to third when Ryan Howard hit a liner through the infield. 

A Marlon Byrd strikeout followed for the first out, but Domonic Brown scored another run for Philadelphia with a sac fly to right field. 

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Matt Adams, continuing his abuse of shifted defenses, began a Cardinal rally in the second with a slap single through a hole in the Philadelphia coverage.

The one-out hit raised his average to .330, and brought Yadier Molina to the plate with a man on. 

After working a 3-2 count, he hit a ball through the hole at short. Adams took off on the pitch, and pulled Jimmy Rollins too far toward second to make the play. 

The big first baseman roared around second and into third on the play, putting the go ahead run 90 feet away. 

The Cardinals couldn’t capitalize, however. Jhonny Peralta struck out, and Kolten Wong hit a ball right at Jimmy Rollis, who stepped on the bag to end the inning. 

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