ST. LOUIS — The Phillies began a week of games against first-place clubs with a 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Phillies have lost three in a row and failed to gain any ground on Atlanta, which lost for the third time in four games on Tuesday night.
The Phils have scored just one run in their last two games.
A week before the trade deadline, the Phils are 49-51 and seven games back in the NL East. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. is with the club, pondering whether to try to stay in the race or trade away veteran players. The Phils’ three-game losing streak has the needle pointing toward “sell.”
The Cardinals have the best record in the majors at 60-37. The Phils play two more against the Cards before visiting AL Central leader Detroit for three games starting Friday.
Starting pitching report
Rookie Jonathan Pettibone allowed three runs over five innings. He gave up seven hits and three walks. Four of the hits that Pettibone gave up came in the fourth when the Cardinals scored twice to take a 3-0 lead.
Cardinals rookie Shelby Miller entered the game ranked 10th in the NL with a 2.92 ERA. He lowered that mark to 2.77 with six shutout innings. He allowed just three hits and a walk and struck out six.
At the plate
The Phils, who were shut out Sunday, ran their scoreless drought to 15 innings before John Mayberry Jr. doubled home Darin Ruf (two-out single) in the seventh.
Chase Utley had three of the Phillies’ seven hits.
Jimmy Rollins had a double in the sixth inning. It was the 440th double of his career. He is one shy of tying Ed Dalahanty for the all-time franchise lead.
St. Louis cleanup man Allen Craig entered the game hitting .332, good for second in the NL. He had a pair of hits and drove in two runs, giving him 79 RBIs. Craig has 36 multi-hit games.
Raul Valdes, Justin De Fratus, Jake Diekman and Luis Garcia got work for the Phillies.
Edward Mujica survived two hits in the ninth and got the save.
In the field
Domonic Brown tried to make a diving catch of Carlos Beltran’s fly ball to the left-field line in the seventh. The ball clanged off the outstretched Brown’s glove and went for a triple. Beltran scored on Craig’s single.
The Phillies placed reliever Joe Savery on the disabled list with left elbow tightness and recalled Valdes from Triple A.
Lefty John Lannan (2-3, 3.76) faces St. Louis right-hander Jake Westbrook (6-4, 2.88) on Wednesday night.