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Kratz goes deep to lead Phillies over Cardinals

Published On: Apr 22 2013 12:14:04 AM CDT
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Ben Revere singled in the go-ahead run and Erik Kratz followed with a three-run homer as the Philadelphia Phillies scored four times in the eighth inning Sunday night to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-3.

Mike Adams (1-1) worked a perfect eighth inning to pick up the victory for the Phils, who earned a split of the four-game series.

With the score tied at 3-3 and one out in the eighth, Michael Young dribbled a single off the glove of reliever Mitchell Boggs (0-2) to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. Domonic Brown singled him to third, and Revere lined a 1-1 pitch, a 94 mph fastball, into center field for his hit.

Kratz homered to left field on the next pitch.

The Phils had tied the game in the bottom of the seventh, when pinch hitter Laynce Nix concluded a nine-pitch at-bat by doubling home Kratz, who opened the inning with a single. Nix is now 5-for-10 as a pinch hitter this season, with two homers and five RBIs.

The Cards, trailing 2-1 after five innings, had knotted it on David Freese's RBI groundout in the top of the sixth, then taken the lead on Allen Craig's run-scoring single one inning later.

Both starters worked six innings, though neither figured in the decision. The Phillies' Kyle Kendrick allowed eight hits and two runs, while striking out six and walking one. St. Louis' Jake Westbrook surrendered seven hits and three runs. He struck out four and walked four.

Matt Carpenter homered with one out in the top of the first off Kendrick, but the Phillies scored twice in the bottom of the inning. Jimmy Rollins led off with a triple, and after a walk to John Mayberry Jr., Chase Utley singled Rollins home. Mayberry, who took third on Utley's hit, scored on Ryan Howard's sacrifice fly.

NOTES: Phillies right-handed pitcher Jonathan Pettibone will make his major league debut Monday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pettibone, 0-1 with a 9.64 ERA in two outings for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, is replacing left-hander John Lannan, who last Thursday went on the disabled list with a strained quadriceps tendon near his left knee. ... The victory by St. Louis right-hander Lance Lynn over the Phillies on Saturday was his eighth straight. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that equals the run of Colorado's Rex Brothers for the majors' longest active winning streak. ... Phillies outfielder Delmon Young, recovering from microfracture surgery on his right ankle, began a rehab assignment Sunday with the high Class A Clearwater, going 1-for-4 at Lakeland, Fla. Manager Charlie Manuel said Young is 10-14 days away from rejoining the big-league club. ... Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is scheduled to undergo a second X-ray on his left wrist Monday after being hit by a pitch Friday during an extended spring training game. Ruiz, listed as day-to-day, is serving a 25-game suspension for using a banned stimulant. Barring a rainout, he can rejoin the Phillies on April 28 in New York for a game against the Mets.

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