Power surge: Cards home runs sink Phillies

Power surge: Cards home runs sink Phillies

ST. LOUIS -- A three-run homer by Adam Wainwright ignited a power surge at Busch Stadium, which didn't end until the Cardinals blasted the five home runs off Phillies pitching en route to a 10-3 victory that snapped Philadelphia's winning streak at six.

The Phillies actually led early in this one, peppering Wainwright for three runs on three third-inning hits. But Wainwright erased the deficit himself the next inning when he sent a Jeremy Hellickson fastball into Busch Stadium's Big Mac Land, giving the Cardinals' ace his second consecutive three-RBI game.

"Right now, it's all about wins for me," Wainwright (2-3) said. "We have to win the game when I take the mound until I get 100 percent back ready to rock and roll like I'm going to. That seemingly woke us up a bit."

Statcast: Waino's clutch homer

The Cardinals, who entered the day ranked third in the Majors with 35 home runs, weren't done depositing balls into the seats either. Matt Adams and Aledmys Diaz took Hellickson deep in a three-pitch span to give the Cardinals their first set of back-to-back homers on the night. Yes, there would be another.

Those came in the seventh when Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk took reliever Brett Oberholtzer deep. More >

"We haven't had one of those games in a while," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "They're bound to happen. Everybody has them."


Bombs a-Waino: After delivering a bases-loaded triple in the final at-bat of his last start, Wainwright tallied another two extra-base hits on Monday. The Cardinals couldn't make anything of his leadoff double in the third. Wainwright followed that with a game-tying blast into the second deck an inning later. The homer, which traveled 408 feet at an exit velocity of 105 mph, was the seventh of Wainwright's career.

"He has been a big offensive contributor here for us lately," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "[He's] just taking good at-bats. I'm sure we're going to hear a whole lot about him and his hitting and his availability off the bench and all kinds of nonsense here real soon."

Waino does it all in win

Galvis gets it going: Freddy Galvis' single in the third scored Hellickson and Peter Bourjos to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead. Maikel Franco followed with a sacrifice fly scoring Odubel Herrera to extend the lead. Galvis is hitting .306 (11-for-36) in nine career games at Busch Stadium with 6 RBI.

"We'd like to have more offense obviously," Mackanin said. "Hopefully we're going to get better as the season goes on. … Freddy came up with a big hit. We just need to put them together."

Galvis' two-run single

Slump busters: Though the Cardinals already owned a comfortable lead by the time Wong and Grichuk went deep, the pair of home runs had individual significance. Grichuk entered the day 0-for-20 before entering as a pinch-hitter and tallying two hits. Wong had been held without an extra-base hit through his first 59 season at-bats before poking a ball over the wall in right.

"Obviously, I haven't been up here enough to go through a struggle like I have been having this year," Grichuk said. "I'm still trying to take it in stride and try not to get too high when I'm going good and try not to be too low."More >

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"I'll be honest: I'm not thinking singles right now." -- Wainwright joked after being reminded that a single in his next at-bat would allow him to hit for the cycle in a four at-bat span.

"He just didn't make good pitches. He made too many mistakes. You make too many, you're not going to get away with them. … I know Wainwright's a good hitter for a pitcher, but the ball he hit out was right down the middle." -- Mackanin on Hellickson's struggles.

Wainwright is the first pitcher since Micah Owings with Arizona in 2007 to tally an extra-base hit in three consecutive plate appearances. The most recent Cardinals pitcher to accomplish the feat was Bob Gibson back in 1964.

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina enjoyed a playful moment in the seventh inning when he dropped to the ground after being brushed back by a pitch and did a pair of push ups. He followed that up with a single to center and then shared a laugh with Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard about the unique sequence of events.

"[It] seemed to work, so we might see it again," Matheny joked. "If he hit a home run, he might do it every at-bat in the on-deck circle."

Yadi's push-ups lead to single

Phillies: RHP Aaron Nola (1-2, 3.55 ERA) will make his first career appearance against the Cardinals as the teams play the second of a four-game series Tuesday at 8:15 EST. Nola is 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA in his last two starts. He has allowed six hits and struck out 14 during that span.

Cardinals: The Cardinals will continue their four-game series against the Phillies on Tuesday, when Michael Wacha takes the mound in a 7:15 p.m. CT game. Wacha has made four consecutive quality starts, but he's struggled (7.59 ERA) in two career outings against Philadelphia.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012 and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11 for MLB.com.
Joe Harris is a contributor for MLB.com based in St. Louis.

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