Harper's grand slam keys Phillies' rout of Cardinals
Bryce Harper hit a grand slam, his first with the Phillies, and Rhys Hoskins added four hits, including a homer, to spark Philadelphia to an 11-1 rout of the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.
Harper's homer capped a six-run second inning. Philadelphia took advantage of two errors and two walks as all six runs were unearned.
Aaron Nola (3-0) allowed three hits in six innings, giving up one run. He struck out seven.
Dakota Hudson (2-3) gave up eight runs in five innings.
Hoskins also had a double among his four hits. His solo homer came in the ninth inning.
Odubel Herrera led off with a double and went to third on a passed ball. Cesar Hernandez walked. Maikel Franco grounded to second, scoring Herrera. Kolten Wong's throw to shortstop Paul DeJong was first called an out at second. The Phillies challenged and won. Wong was given a throwing error. First baseman Paul Goldschmidt fielded Nola's bunt and threw wildly to third, scoring Hernandez. Andrew McCutchen drew a walk to load the bases.
With one out, Harper deposited a 2-1 Hudson fastball deep into the right field bullpen for his fourth career grand slam. His last came on April 19, 2017, against Atlanta.
Harper, who finished 2-for-3 with a walk before being lifted in the eighth, has hit well at Busch Stadium. In 21 career games, he is hitting .315 with six homers and 17 RBI.
The Phillies added two runs in the fifth on singles by Harper, Hoskins and J.T. Realmuto along with a fielder's choice.
Matt Weiters, who came in as a defensive replacement at catcher in the sixth, hit his first home run of the season leading off the sixth.
Philadelphia added two runs on three hits and a sacrifice fly in the seventh for a 10-1 lead.
ON THE ICE
The St. Louis Blues were playing a second-round winner-take-all Game 7 against Dallas down the street. With the Cardinals getting blown out early, fans reacted loudly to the first Blues goal. The Busch Stadium organist played the Blues theme and the fans began to chant "Let's Go Blues" to it.
HOME SWEET HOME
St. Louis shortstop Paul DeJong singled in the sixth to give him a hit in all but one of his 18 homes games. He is hitting .391 at Busch.
Phillies: Relief pitcher David Robertson (right elbow soreness) still has yet to throw a baseball but he's getting close. "Robertson is doing gripping exercises, progressing well. Perfect world, he's playing catch by week's end," Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler.
Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (right shoulder cuff strain) headed Tuesday to Triple-A Memphis. He will pitch Wednesday night. "We'd like him to get more than six (pitches)," Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. "We'd like him to get six and then we'd like him to go back out and get some more." In pitching Sunday at Class A Peoria, Martinez threw only six pitches to get three outs. "If he doesn't get more than 10 in the first inning, he'll probably go back out and get another 10. I don't think we're quite at the 30-mark."
Phillies: RHP Jerad Eickhoff (1-1, 2.05) did not figure in the decision in his last start against Washington. He struck out seven to give him 27 in 22 innings through four appearances (including three starts) this season.
Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (3-2, 4.17) lost in his last start at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs. He earned his first major league win with a 13-strikeout masterpiece in a 5-1 win over Philadelphia last May 20.
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