St. Louis Cardinals

Bourjos sparks Cardinals’ win from top of order

Make it 2-0 for the St. Louis Cardinals’ new-look lineup.

Manager Mike Matheny, with one slight alteration, ran out the same lineup as he did Tuesday in a one-sided win over Philadelphia. The results were just as encouraging Wednesday as the Cardinals banged out nine hits in a 5-2 victory at Busch Stadium watched by 40,399.

St. Louis took control with a four-run fifth against Aaron Harang (2-2), lending enough support to help Carlos Martinez improve to 3-0 in four starts.

Matheny’s batting-order change inserted center fielder Peter Bourjos in the leadoff spot for Jon Jay. Bourjos had been 7-for-15 (.467) against Harang in his career.

Bourjos continued the trend as he went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple that sparked the fifth-inning outburst. Making just his second start of the season, Bourjos also made a running catch on the warning track in right-center to rob Chase Utley of extra bases to end the seventh.

Matt Adams, Jason Heyward and Kolten Wong joined Bourjos with two hits apiece. Adams had an RBI double to left to make it 4-2 in the fifth, and Jhonny Peralta followed with an RBI single to left to make it 5-2. Wong’s first hit put the Cardinals ahead 1-0 in the second.

Martinez gave the Cardinals’ rotation their 11th win, out of 14. He yielded two runs on six hits in six innings, walked three and struck out three. Kevin Siegrist, Jordan Walden and Trevor Rosenthal each threw one scoreless inning; Rosenthal posted his eighth save.

St. Louisan Ryan Howard homered against Martinez to tie the game at 1 in the fourth. The 358-foot drive into the right-field bullpen eluded the glove of a leaping Heyward, who reacted as though he believed he should havfe made the catch.

Philadelphia took a 2-1 lead in the fifth on Odubel Herrera’s single that plated Harang. Ben Revere also tried to score on the hit, but was sent retreating back to third on Heyward’s strike to the plate. Revere was tagged out after a rundown, and Martinez avoided additional damage by striking out Jeff Francoeur and stranding two runners.

The Cardinals batted around in the fifth. Wong led off with a single and went to second on a sacrifice by Martinez. Bourjos then triple into the right-field corner to make it 2-2, and Matt Carpenter reached first on a roller to first that was fielded by Howard, whose throw home to nap the sliding Bourjos was too late.

Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg appealed the play, but the call held and Bourjos was safe to put the Cardinals on top 3-2.

After Matt Holliday walked, Adams cracked his run-scoring double and Peralta chimed in with his RBI single to put St. Louis ahead by three.

Rosenthal got into trouble in the ninth with two outs. Grady Sizemore singled as a pinch-hitter and took second on defensive indifference. Revere walked to bring the tying run, Herrera, to the plate. But Rosenthal ended the game by whistling a called third strike past Herrera.

St. Louis will go for three out of four in the series at 12:45 p.m. Thursday.

Contact reporter David Wilhelm at dwilhelm@bnd.com or 618-239-2665. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidMWilhelm.

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