Cards pen bested by Phils pen in Friday loss

Once again, St. Louis' relievers could not hold off the visitors from Philadelphia Friday night. Mitchell Boggs took a blown save before Jason Motte served up the game-winning home run ball to Hunter Pence.



The Cardinals blew their eighth save in 16 opportunities and suffered their eighth loss in 11 decisions for the bullpen. Those occurrences didn't happen on the same play but they both added up to a 5- 3 loss in 10 innings to the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.


Right-hander Mitchell Boggs suffered the blown save when he allowed a game-tying double by Phils left fielder Juan Pierre which scored pitcher Cliff Lee from first.


Right-hander Jason Motte, working in his second inning, suffered the loss when he surrendered a two-run, opposite-field home run on the first pitch he threw to right fielder Hunter Pence in the 10th inning.


"It was middle away but it was up," Motte said. "He's a good fastball hitter. He was able to put the barrel on it and keep it fair."


The Cardinals missed chances at the go-ahead run in the seventh, eighth and ninth.


Left fielder Matt Holliday flied to the warning track in left with a man on to end the seventh. Catcher Yadier Molina was thrown out at home trying to score the go-ahead run in the eighth on a double by rookie first baseman Matt Adams, who had three hits.


In the ninth, Holliday, who didn't agree with the call on a 2-1 pitch, then struck out on the next pitch from left-hander Raul Valdes and smashed his bat in the process.


"You play a long season, you play a lot of games, you're going to have frustrating nights," Holliday said. "And this was one of them."



C Yadier Molina bowled over Phils C Carlos Ruiz as he tried to score in the eighth inning. Molina was carrying the winning run but was tagged out by Ruiz, who lost his mask but not the ball. "I hate to do that, I think this is my first time doing that in my whole career, in my whole life," Molina said. "I hate doing that to another catcher, but sometimes it's part of the game. If it happened to me I wouldn't say anything bad," he said. Phils manager Charlie Manuel, in fact, called it "a good baseball play."

RHP Kyle Lohse had no walks and no strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings on the mound Friday. The last time he did that was last June against the Phillies.

RF Carlos Beltran was not in the original Cardinals lineup but assured manager Mike Matheny his tender right knee was fine. Then Beltran went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts.

1B Lance Berkman called manager Mike Matheny after he had right knee surgery in Houston and said, "I'm going to be back." The surgery was for meniscus and cartilage damage but not for the important anterior cruciate ligament which would have been season-ending. Berkman is slated to be out eight to 10 weeks. "It was great news," said Matheny "As good a news as we could get. The doctors were extremely optimistic about what they saw."

RHP Chuckie Fick, son of a Cardinals scout, was called up late Friday night from Class AAA Memphis and is scheduled to be in the Cardinals' bullpen on Saturday. Cardinals relievers have blown eight saves and have suffered eight losses.

OF Allen Craig (strained left hamstring) and CF Jon Jay (strained right shoulder) are progressing well from injuries and both are expected to come off the disabled list next week.

RHP Fernando Salas was not used Friday night after pitching poorly on Thursday, matching some other erratic performances. "He's working from behind and he's a little too much over the plate," said manager Mike Matheny. "We've got to get him fixed. We've seen some really good outings and a couple of others that haven't been quite him."

By the Numbers:

0-10 - The Cardinals' record on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in May.

Quote to Note:

"It was great to hear his voice and hear that excitement. He's thinking about counting down the days until he's back."

- Manager Mike Matheny on 1B Lance Berkman after Berkman's knee surgery went well in Houston.


INF Matt Carpenter (strained right oblique) went on the 15-day disabled list May 23.

1B Lance Berkman (torn meniscus in right knee) went on the 15-day disabled list May 20. He had arthroscopic surgery May 25, and no ACL damage was found. He might return in mid- to late July.

OF/1B Allen Craig (left hamstring strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 17. He might be ready to return as soon as he is eligible.

RHP Kyle McClellan (strained right ulnar collateral ligament) went on the 15-day disabled list May 18. He won't need surgery but likely will be sidelined at least late July.

CF Jon Jay (sprained right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list May 15. He might be able to return during the week of May 28-June 3.

RHP Scott Linebrink (right shoulder capsulitis) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 30. He felt tightness during an April 30 bullpen session, and he didn't appear close to a return.

RHP Chris Carpenter (weak right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26. He probably won't pitch until at least June.

Link to boxscore: Philadelphia 5 at St. Louis 3 (10 innings)

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