ST. LOUIS -- The Phillies played another poor game in losing 11-3 to the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Phils have lost four in a row. They have scored just four runs in their last three games. And they are now eight games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East.
The trade deadline is a week away and changes could be looming.
Starting pitching report
John Lannan failed to build on two straight strong outings. He allowed eight hits, two walks and four runs in four innings.
Lannan hurt himself in the fourth when he walked the opposing pitcher, Jake Westbrook, with two outs. Westbrook then stole second and scored on a hit by Matt Carpenter.
Lannan is 2-4 with a 4.13 ERA in 10 starts.
Westbrook held the Phils to three runs over seven walk-free innings.
J.C. Ramirez got tagged for four hits and five runs in the fifth inning. Justin De Fratus pitched two scoreless innings. Jake Diekman allowed four hits and two runs in the eighth.
At the plate
Carlos Ruiz drove in just his eighth run of the season with a single in the fifth. John Mayberry Jr. doubled home a run. Michael Martinez, called up earlier in the day, singled home a run.
Just one of the Phillies’ nine hits was for extra bases and they were 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position.
Shane Robinson drove in three of the Cardinals’ runs with a bases-loaded triple in the fifth inning. Matt Adams also drove in three runs.
The Cardinals had 16 hits and were 9 for 20 with runners in scoring position.
In the field
It was a tough night for the Phils. Third baseman Michael Young could not handle a ball toward the line in the second inning. It went for a hit and eventually a run. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins could not handle a tough popup to shallow center. It hit off his glove and fell for a hit. The runner eventually scored. In the fifth inning, centerfielder Mayberry grossly misplayed what should have been a single into a three-run triple.
Domonic Brown is out for two days as he gets checked for a concussion.
Charlie Manuel is not feeling any deals.
The series concludes Thursday night with Kyle Kendrick (9-6, 3.94) opposing Lance Lynn (11-5, 4.13)