ST. LOUIS (AP) Vince Velasquez pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, and Carlos Santana and Pedro Florimon each hit home runs in the Philadelphia Phillies‘ 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.
Velasquez (4-4) gave up five hits in 6 1/3 innings, struck out five and walked two in recording his third straight win. The Phillies won for the seventh time in eight games and improved to 17-2 against opponents outside of the NL East.
At 25-16, the Phillies are nine games over .500 for the first time since they were 102-60 at the close of the 2011 season. Philadelphia is 24-12 since starting the season 1-4.
Odubel Herrera reached base three times to extend his on-base streak to 43 games, fifth-longest in franchise history. It is also the longest streak in the majors since Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman reached in 46 successive games in 2016.
Santana broke a scoreless tie by slugging a 437-foot drive to center – his team-leading eighth – in the fifth off Luke Weaver (3-3), who gave up one run and four hits over seven innings. Weaver struck out six and walked one for St. Louis, which has lost four of five.
Aaron Altherr drove in a pair of runs with a bases-loaded single in the eighth that pushed the Phillies’ lead to 3-0. Herrera’s RBI double made it 4-0.
Florimon hit a two-run homer in the ninth off reliever John Brebbia.
Phillies: LHP Adam Morgan was activated from the 10-day disabled list before the game. He had been sidelined with a back strain. His last appearance was on May 6.
Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright was shifted to the 60-day DL from the 10-day list due to persistent elbow pain. He was placed on the 10-day list on Monday after a rough start Sunday in San Diego. He walked six batters in 2 1/3 innings. The three-time All-Star is 1-3 with a 4.00 ERA in four starts this season. He has walked 14 batters in 18 innings.
”We just need time,” St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said.
C Carlson Kelly was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain. C Steven Baron was recalled from Triple-A Memphis. Baron was hitting .153.
Philadelphia RHP Jake Arrieta (3-1, 2.59) will face RHP Michael Wacha (4-1, 3.09) in the second game of the four game series on Friday. Arrieta is 8-4 with a 2.27 ERA in 17 lifetime starts against St. Louis. Wacha is searching for his 50th career win.