ST. LOUIS -- Hunter Pence doesn't know why, but for some reason his team has been playing its best baseball lately while away from Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies are 10-3 in their last 13 road games entering Sunday, with a .293 team batting average and an average of 6.5 runs per game. They're also slugging .445 as a team with 14 homers in that span.
"I don't really know. You just play the games," Pence said when asked what it takes to play that well on the road for so long. "When you're a good team you find a way to win. It's just been one of those things where it's early in the season and we've had some good games on the road, and some tougher series at home."
Prior to the 13-game stretch, the Phillies had gone 4-7 in their previous 11 road games with a .220 team batting average while scoring 2.4 runs per game. Last season, the Phillies set a club record and led the league with a 50-31 road record. Philadelphia has posted a Major League-best 327-261 record on the road since Charlie Manuel became manager in 2005.
The Phils are in the midst of a seven-game road trip, their second longest stretch away from home thus far this season. And while everything seems to be clicking during its current four-game winning streak, the team doesn't want to get too far ahead of itself.
"It's just a daily process," Pence said. "You don't really dwell on too much other than focusing on today. We've got good pitching and guys are swinging the bats. And it's just about timely hitting and good defense; with the pitching that we've got, it gives us a good chance to win every day."