CARDS EXTRAS

Adams, Robinson key onslaught in 11-3 win

2013-07-24T15:51:00Z 2013-07-24T22:26:04Z Adams, Robinson key onslaught in 11-3 winBY TOM TIMMERMANN ttimmermann@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8190 stltoday.com

Matt Adams and Shane Robinson each drove in three runs and the Cardinals once again went on a homerless scoring binge as they routed the Phillies 11-3 on Wednesday night.

It was the Cardinals' third straight win and fourth in five games since the All-Star break.

Jake Westbrook pitched seven innings and got the win, improving to 7-4. He allowed one run through six and didn't walk anyone.

Adams drove in two runs in the second on a single through the right side and added another with a double in the gap in left center in the Cards' five-run fifth. He came around to score when Robinson, who started because manager Mike Matheny didn't want to stall Jon Jay's hitting recovery by pitting him against a lefty, cleared the bases with a triple. Phillies center fielder John Mayberry Jr. tried to make a diving catch of Robinson's sinking fly ball but missed badly and the ball got past him, allowing the fleet Robinson to make it to third.

It was the Cardinals' 25th win this season without a strikeout, which is their most at this point in the season since 1991.

Brock Peterson got his first big-league hit in the eighth, a smash that second baseman Chase Utley couldn't handle.

The Cardinals had another sellout crowd, 44,317, which put them over 2 million fans for the 18th straight season.

CARDS KEEP POUNDING, TAKE 9-3 LEAD 

Presented with a chance to get some run, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel pinch hit for starting pitcher John Lannan in the fifth and the move didn't work twice. John McDonald grounded into a double play to end the inning and reliever J.C. Ramirez got shelled.

Three of the first Cardinals to face Ramirez doubled on shots into the gap in left center and then a bases-loaded triple by Shane Robinson gave the Cards a 9-1 lead after five innings.

Allen Craig led off with a double, and after Yadier Molina fouled out, David Freese drove in Craig with his own double. Matt Adams followed with another double to score Freese, giving him three RBIs on the night. 

Pete Kozma walked, Jake Westbrook sacrificed the runners to second and third and Matt Carpenter walked to load the bases for Robinson. Center fielder John Mayberry Jr.'s diving attempt on Robinson's sinking fly ball didn't even come close, and the ball went past him, with Robinson getting to third before left fielder Laynce Nix got the ball back. Carlos Beltran, who's 0 for 4 and the only Cardinal not to reach base, then fouled out to end the inning.

In a classic moment on the big screen after the inning, a guy proposed to his girlfriend during the Kiss Cam segment. However, much of the moment was lost because one of the recycling guys got between them and the camera, and then when he heard people yelling, saw himself on the big screen and started mugging for the camera, oblivious to what was going on behind him. Indications are the girl said yes.

Westbrook had thrown only 71 pitches through six innings, so he went back out fo the seventh, and the Phillies scored twice. That was it for Westbrook, who was pinch hit for in the bottom of the inning by Daniel Descalso. Westbrook allowed nine hits but didn't walk anyone in his seven innings.

WESTBROOK HELPS HIMSELF

For the second straight start, Jake Westbrook helped himself out.

In his previous start, he went 3 for 3 and drove in a run. On Wednesday, he did it again, drawing a two-out walk, stealing second and then scoring on a single by Matt Carpenter as the Cards lead 4-0 in the fourth.

The last Cardinals pitcher to steal a base was Westbrook, who did it on May 3 of last year. He now has as many stolen bases this season as Carpenter and David Freese. 

Shane Robinson followed Carpenter's single by beating out a grounder to short, but Carlos Beltran struck out to end the inning. Trhough four innings, Beltran is 0 for 3.

The Phillies got a run back in the bottom of the fifth on three singles. Westbrook got out of the inning by getting John McDonald, pinch hitting for Phillies pitcher John Lannan, to hit into an inning-ending double play. J.C. Ramirez, a righty, has come into pitch the bottom of the fifth.

CARDS EXTEND LEAD IN THIRD

The Cardinals added a run in the third to stake Jake Westbrook to a 3-0 lead.

Matt Carpenter led off with a blooper into shallow center that shortstop Jimmy Rollins played off his head for a single and Shane Robinson followed with a single to center. After Carlos Beltran popped out and Allen Craig, in a rare event for him with a runner in scoring position, grounded into a force at second, Yadier Molina parachuted a ball down the right field line just in front of Delmon Young and Carpenter scored from third. Craig went to third on the play but was stranded there when David Freese grounded into a force to end the inning.

ADAMS DRIVES IN TWO, CARDS UP 2-0

Matt Adams got the Cardinals on the scoreboard with a two-run single in the second, but a play at the plate cost them another run. After two innings, the Cardinals lead 2-0.

The first four Cards batters in the second got on. Allen Craig singled, Yadier Molina singled and David Freese walked to load the bases. Adams then singled through the right side of the infield, scoring Craig and Molina with Freese going to third. Pete Kozma flew out to Delmon Young in right. Young's throw home was up the third base line, but catcher Carlos Ruiz fielded the throw and tagged Freese on the back as he slid past. Jake Westbrook then grounded into a force to end the inning.

Westbrook hasn't gotten a lot of groundouts in the early going, though he did get Darin Ruf to hit into a double play that got Young, who singled up the middle, off the bases in the second. He pitched out of a jam in the third after a throwing error by Freese put the leadoff runner on second. Westbrook got two infield outs and then a fly out to end the inning without a run scoring.

ROBINSON GETS START IN CENTER

Shane Robinson makes his second start of the homestand, batting second and playing center field for the Cardinals in tonight's 7:15 p.m. game against the Phillies.

Robinson is hitting only .195 against left-handers this season, but regular center fielder Jon Jay is hitting .159. Robinson also started on Sunday against another lefty, Eric Stults of the Padres, and went 1 for 3. It will be just the third time this season Robinson has hit second in the batting order.

Manager Mike Matheny said avoiding a bad day with Jay was a big part of the decision. Jay went 2 for 5 on Tuesday, and with a lefty pitching against the Cards, Matheny didn't want Jay to follow up a good day with a bad one.

"Throwing him in against a lefty, it could be working backwards for you," Matheny said.

Other than that, it's what you would expect for a Matt Holliday-less lineup. 

The Cardinals have won 24 games this season without hitting a home run, their most through 97 games since 1991, when they had 36. The Cardinals are second in the majors for RBI/AB at 7.24, behind only the Red Sox, who are at 7.09.

Yadier Molina is hitting .3353 and Allen Craig .3352, putting them first and second in the NL. The last time the Cardinals had two batters hitting over .330 through 97 games was 1971, when Joe Torre (.353) and Lou Brock (.336) did it.

The Phillies made a roster move before the game, designating catcher Humberto Quintero for assignment and calling up infielder-outfielder Michael Martinez from Triple A Lehigh Valley.

Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown is unavailable today after showing concussion-like symptoms after a failed try at a diving catch on Tuesday night. The ball went off the tip of Brown's glove and he hit his head on the ground, though it may have been the whiplash rather than the impact that cause the problem.

Asked how the team could make a run in the NL East without Brown and Ryan Howard, who's on the DL, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said, "In order for us to make a run, we really have to play good. Every day we play, we get one less in games. We have to play a real high percentage of baseball. I'll never say we can't, but if you look at it, it will definitely be tough for us. We better play like hell."

The lineups:

CARDINALS

1. Carpenter 2b

2. Robinson cf

3. Beltran rf

4. Craig lf

5. Molina c

6. Freese 3b

7. Adams 1b

8. Kozma ss

9. Westbrook p 

PHILLIES

1. Rollins ss

2. M. Young 3b

3. Utley 2b

4. D. Young rf

5. Ruf 1b

6. Nix lf

7. Mayberry cf

8. Ruiz c

9. Lannan p 

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