The tip-off on what was to come was that Springer never had allowed a hit to Burrell in seven at-bats (five strikeouts).
The homer was the first Springer had allowed since Washington shortstop Cristian Guzman had homered off him on April. 3.
The Phillies' win, despite repeated flurries by the Cardinals in the late innings, cemented the Cardinals' fifth series loss in their last six series at Busch Stadium. They also have lost six of their last seven home games.
Manager Tony La Russa took himself to task for using Springer three days in a row and four out of five.
"I think he just went out there one day too many," said La Russa. "It was my decision. It was a bad decision to send him out there. He just didn't have his normal stuff.
"It wasn't the worst decision I ever made. It just didn't work out."
Springer said, "I got called on to get one out there in a clutch situation. No matter how much you've been used, you still should be able to go out there and suck it up and make quality pitches for one hitter. I felt pretty confident, but I didn't have a whole lot to offer."
PHILLIES 5, CARDINALS 4: RF Ryan Ludwick doubled and scored a run and cracked his 27th homer for another but hit into a key double play in the eighth inning Sunday. The Cardinals, down by just a run after 3B Troy Glaus hit his 19th homer in the ninth, left the bases loaded against Phils RHP Brad Lidge when rookie OFs Nick Stavinoha and Joe Mather struck out.
NOTES AND QUOTES:
--The Cardinals dropped a season-high six games off the pace of the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central Division.
--CF Rick Ankiel, who pinch-hit a single on Sunday, said he hoped to be able to play Tuesday against Los Angeles after being out of the lineup for more than a week with a strained abdominal muscle.
--On June 13, RHP Todd Wellemeyer, his right elbow barking, was on the short end of a 20-2 score to the Phillies, giving up three home runs and a career-high eight runs in 3 1/3 innings. On Sunday, Wellemeyer allowed just four hits and one run in six innings although he didn't win for the eighth time in his last nine starts. "The last time I faced these guys, I was hurting pretty bad," Wellemeyer said, "so I'm glad I got a chance to see them again."
--1B Albert Pujols has tied his longest hitless drought of the season at 0 for 13.
BY THE NUMBERS: 3 -- Number of starts out of 18 won by RHP Joel Pineiro.