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Game 48: Cardinals 8, Phillies 3

The Cardinals rode a Yadier Molina grand slam Sunday to victory, avoiding a sweep at the hands of the Phillies.

The homer came with two outs in the first inning off Philadelphia ace Roy Halladay who left a short time later with a sore shoulder.

Molina wouldn't be long for the game himself. He left midway though the contest, apparently suffering the effects of dehydration.

Skip Schumaker and Matt Holliday each hit one out singles before Carlos Beltran pushed up the runners with a ground out to first. David Freese walked to bring up Molina and the Cardinals catcher put his team up 4-0 with his blast.

Philadelphia got a run back in the third inning when Juan Pierre hit a two out single. But Carlos Beltran put the game out of reach in the fifth when he hit a three-run homer to put St. Louis up 7-1. Later, rookie first baseman Matt Adams, who has a .345 batting average since being called up to the big leagues, hit his first homer.

It was more than enough offense for Adam Wainwright who improved to 4-5 for the season with one run allowed on seven hits over six innings. The performance lowered Wainwright's ERA to an ever-improving 4.45.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Molina was 2-for-2 with a homer, a run scored and four RBI. He raised his batting average to .325 before he had to depart.

Cardinals Play of the Game: Molina's grand slam.

Lowlight: David Freese has shown signs lately of coming out of his hitting slump. But He was 0-for-2 on Sunday.

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