ST. LOUIS – The Phillies remained the hottest team in the National League on Friday night as they beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-1, at Busch Stadium.
The Phils have won five in a row (for the first time since last June) and nine of their last 11. In that span, they have gone from 11 games under .500 to four under .500 and they’ve closed to within 3½ games of first place in the NL East after being seven games back.
A.J. Burnett pitched a complete game and allowed just one run in Friday night’s win. The Phils have a team ERA of 2.00 in the last 11 games.
The start of the game was delayed 50 minutes by rain.
Starting pitching report
Burnett (5-6) pitched his first complete game of the season. He allowed seven hits, walked one and struck out three.
Burnett entered the game leading the National League with 43 walks. He has walked just one batter over 17 innings in his last two starts.
St. Louis lefty Jaime Garcia (3-1) pitched shutout ball for the first four innings then allowed four runs in the fifth and six innings. He gave up five extra-base hits in those two innings.
The Phils’ bullpen got the night off.
The Cardinals’ bullpen allowed just one run in four innings.
At the plate
Burnett helped himself in the fifth inning when he tied the game at 1-1 with a double that scored John Mayberry Jr., who had also doubled. Mayberry also had an RBI single and scored two runs as he started for the fourth straight game in place of Ben Revere, who is still limited by a sore knee.
Jimmy Rollins put the Phils ahead, 2-1, with an RBI double in the fifth. It extended his hitting streak to 14 games. He drove home another run with sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Marlon Byrd led off the sixth with his 12th homer.
Reid Brignac went on the disabled list with a sprained ankle and Cody Asche was activated from the DL.
Cliff Lee threw in the bullpen again and says he’s making good progress (see story).
Good pitching matchup Saturday afternoon with Cole Hamels (2-3, 2.78) going against Adam Wainwright (9-3, 2.15).