Beltran's blast gives Phillies 4th straight loss

By Sean Greene 10:05pm, April 18, 2013 - Updated 11:03pm, April 18, 2013
VIDEO: Charlie Manuel on fair/foul call, Ben Revere's first game in 7th spot. PHOTO: Beltran's 8th inning HR (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)
Carlos Beltran's 28th career home run against Phillies' pitching proved the difference in a 4-3 St. Louis victory Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park.

The 8th inning blast came off of Phillies' reliever Mike Adams' 90 mile-per-hour fastball which just cleared the flowers over the left field wall to put St. Louis ahead for the third time after a pair of Phillies' rallies.

Philadelphia chances to score in both the 8th and 9th innings. In the 8th Ryan Howard and Michael Young put together 2-out singles, but Laynce Nix struck out. Consecutive singles by Ben Revere and Erik Kratz started the ninth, and they reached 2nd and 3rd on a ground out by Kevin Fransden. Edward Mujica was able to strike Jimmy Rollins out for the 2nd out, and then Freddy Galvis hit a weak roller to 2nd base to end the game and doom the Phillies to their 4th straight loss.

Yadier Molina opened the scoring in the 4th inning with a 2-run double which was ruled to barely nick the chalk in the right field corner. Television replays that were zoomed in later seemed to show the ball might have been a few inches foul.

The Phillies answered the two runs with two of their own in the 6th, when Jimmy Rollins and Freddy Galvis paired 1-out doubles, with Galvis' driving in Rollins. Chase Utley followed with an RBI single to tie the game at 2. Rollins and Galvis were batting 1-2 in the lineup for the first time this year in a new-look Charlie Manuel lineup that had Ben Revere batting 7th after leading off the first 15 games of the year.

Both teams played smallball to trade runs in the 7th inning after leadoff hits. The Cardinals plated David Freese, who doubled, with a sacrifice bunt by Jon Jay and then a sacrifice fly by Pete Kozma. John Mayberry Jr. singled for the Phillies, and then after a wild pitch and Revere sac bunt put him at third, Erik Kratz beat a drawn-in infield with a weak grounder between shortstop and 3rd to tie the game at 3.

Adam Wainwright (3-1) earned the victory by surrendering 3 runs on 9 hits with four strikeouts in 7 innings. Cole Hamels earned a no decision for his 7 inning, 5 hit effort where he also gave up 3 runs. Hamels is winless through four starts for only the 2nd time in his career (2009).

The loss went to Adams who dropped to 0-1. Mujica pitched the final four outs for his 1st save.

The Phillies failed to draw a walk for the 4th straight game, having now gone 135 plate appearances since Dom Brown was intentionally walked on April 14th in the 8th. They have also only scored 10 runs over their last six games.

Adam Wainright now hasn't walked a batter in his 29 innings this year, that's the longest streak to start a season by a Cardinals pitcher since Pea Ridge Day went 29 2/3 innings to start the 1925 campaign. Only Slim Sallee's streak in 1913 was longer.

Roy Halladay (1-2, 7.63) faces Jaime Garcia (1-0, 1.86) Friday at 7:05 in game two of the four-game weekend series.

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