Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Phillies End Cardinals' Run of Victories, Multi-Homer Games

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Phillies End Cardinals' Run of Victories, Multi-Homer Games

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PHILADELPHIA * Cardinals rookie Luke Weaver was a bit better batsman and defender than he was at his appointed craft Saturday night.

The righthander got his first two major league hits, both singles, and scored his first run. He also started a key double play after fielding a bunt.

But he lasted only five innings and gave up three runs on nine hits to the Philadelphia Phillies. He didn't walk anybody and struck out six while amassing 96 pitches but he still suffered his first big-league loss, 4-2, in his second start as the Cardinals had two streaks end.

Their winning streak ended at five games and their streak of multi-homer games was stopped at nine, leaving them tied for the major-league record and holders of the National League mark.

They had one homer, a two-run shot in the third by Jeremy Hazelbaker, who became the ninth Cardinal to 10 homers this season, tying the club record.

Philadelphia leadoff man Cesar Hernandez proved too much for Weaver, who went one inning longer in this start than in last Saturday's debut in Chicago.

After homering on Weaver's second pitch of the game and singling in the second, Hernandez opened the fifth with a double and scored to put the Phils ahead 3-2 when Maikel Franco singled to left with two outs.

After Hernandez cracked his fourth homer of the season and first leadoff homer of his career in the first inning, Weaver struck out the next two hitters, including Tommy Joseph in an 11-pitch at-bat. But Franco doubled off the glove of diving Cardinals left fielder Hazelbaker. The Phils added on as Cameron Rupp lofted a broken-bat single over the leap of shortstop Jedd Gyorko, plating Franco.

The scoring stopped at two runs as Gyorko leaped to spear Aaron Altherr's liner but the Phils had made the young righthander use up 31 pitches.

Two-out trouble surfaced in the second for Weaver as winning pitcher Jeremy Hellickson, .132 hitter, singled to right and Hernandez singled to right for his second hit, with Hellickson barely getting to third. But Weaver made Odubel Herrera his third strikeout of the inning and fifth of the game. It had taken him 53 pitches to get to this point, though.

Weaver, who hadn't received a run of support over his first six innings while pitching for the Cardinals, took matters partially into his own hands when he singled to center for his first major- league hit with one out in the third inning. …

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