Phils Gang Up On Rookie Haren For 5-4 Win

The Phillies let rookie pitcher Dan Haren out of a jam in the first inning and then seemed to have trouble figuring him out before erupting for four runs to come from behind to beat the Cardinals 5-4. Brett Myers didn't have his best outing of the season, but pitched well enough for his 12th win of the year and Jose Mesa reclaimed his closer's job with his 22nd save of the season.

Jim Thome and Mike Lieberthal connected for back-to-back homers off Dan Haren (3-4) as part of a four-run rally in the sixth inning as the Phils won their fourth straight game, a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Haren set down 12 straight hitters and took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth. Marlon Byrd hit a leadoff double to end Haren's run and Placido Polanco sacrificed. Bobby Abreu's RBI double cut the deficit to 3-2. Thome followed by depositing a 2-0 pitch over the center field fence to give the Phillies the lead for good. Lieberthal then followed with his seventh homer to make it 5-3.

The Cardinals scored in the seventh when Jim Edmonds drew a one-out walk and Albert Pujols singled to extend his hitting streak to 30 games, the longest by a Cardinal since Stan Musial's 30-game run in 1950. Orlando Palmeiro drew a bases-loaded walk later in the frame to force across the Cardinals' fourth run of the night.

Phillies closer Jose Mesa, who recently was given back the closer's job, walked Pujols on five pitches to open the ninth. He retired the next three hitters, striking out former Phillie Scott Rolen and pinch-hitter Bo Hart for the final two outs and his 22nd save in 25 chances.

Pujols reached base four times, walking three times. He is three games shy of Rogers Hornsby's club-record hitting streak set in 1922.

The series wraps up Sunday with Brett Tomko (9-7, 5.46) going against Amaury Telemaco. Telemaco will be making his first appearance of the season for the Phils after pitching the entire year at AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre.

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