The Cardinals will have to settle for seven out of eight on the homestand as they lost 2-0 to the Phillies Thursday in extra innings.
Fortunately, the Reds were smoked by the Nationals at home, so the St. Louis lead in the NL Central remains at 1 1/2 games.
Adam Wainwright remained undefeated on the season at home. But he couldn't get his 15th win as starter Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia bullpen held the Redbirds to one hit through 11 innings.
Cardinals infielder Tyler Greene battles the sun to catch a pop-up during the first inning of the Redbirds' Thursday game against the Phillies. AP photo.
Former Cardinals infielder Placido Polanco hit a solo shot off of Kyle McClellan in the top of the 11th to give the Phillies the lead. St. Louis reliever Trever Miller got himself into a jam that led to an insurance run.
The Birds threatened to get back into the game in the bottom of the 11th when rookie outfielder Jon Jay was able to work a leadoff walk. But the Cardinals could do no more and their eight game winning streak came to an end.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Wainwright threw six innings and allowed six hits and no walks.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Jay walked and stole second in the 11th. It's not much. But it was about all the excitement the St. Louis offense provided Thursday.
Lowlight: Second base umpire Brian Runge was terrible. He apparently had his rightarm broken shortly before game time because he seemed to be unable to raise it to call players out. Matt Holliday was doubled off on a pop up because Runge never seemed to indicate whether a flair to centerfield was caught or trapped. Looking at the umpire as he stood in no man's land between first and second, Holliday decided to advance. Finally the third base umpire signaled the ball to center was a catch. On the next play, a short fly was hit to right which Jayson Worth clearly caught on the bounce and Runge -- eventually -- gingerly raised his right arm and called the hitter out.