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Cards fall to 3-9 at home

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Brett Myers has a solution if he continues to
struggle in the Philadelphia Phillies' rotation.

For one night, it proved successful.

Ryan Madson bailed out Myers with four innings of one-hit relief
in the Phillies' 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on
Wednesday night.

Myers has a 7.36 ERA in three starts and he said if it continues
he'd expect Madson to replace him.

"I'm going to come around and it had better be soon," Myers
said. "Because if not I'm not going to be happy. I'll suggest they
put Ryan in there if I keep pitching like this."

For now, the Phillies will stick with the status quo. Manager
Larry Bowa said Myers, who has worked on 11 days' and five days'
rest this season, will make his next start on regular rest.

"I think it would be unfair to say he's not starting in five
days," Bowa said. "But he's definitely got to improve."

Madson, 23, wasn't about to lobby for a spot.

"It's not up to me," he said. "I'm sure you've talked to Bowa
about that and I don't care.

"I'm happy where I'm at right now and I just want to do a good
job with my role, like I've always said."

Edgar Renteria had two RBI for the Cardinals, who fell to 3-9
at home. That's their worst start since they also were 3-9 in 1990.

Pinch-runner Marlon Byrd scored on an infield grounder to snap a
tie in a three-run ninth for the Phillies. Pat Burrell had a
two-run double, giving him five hits and five RBI the first two
games of the series, for the Phillies. Jim Thome, a career .484
hitter against the Cardinals, was 3-for-5 with three RBI. He added
a two-run single in the ninth off Steve Kline for the final margin.

David Bell doubled to start the ninth off Mike Lincoln (2-2),
working his third inning of relief. Bell moved up on Jimmy Rollins'
sacrifice and then was replaced by Byrd.

He scored the winning run on a close play at the plate after
second baseman Marlon Anderson went to his left to snare
pinch-hitter Ricky Ledee's sharp grounder, but then made a wide
throw home to catcher Mike Matheny, whose sweeping tag arrived just
as Byrd's foot reached the plate.

"He was out at the plate," manager Tony La Russa said. "On a
play like that you look for the benefit of the doubt. He slid right
into the tag and it's hard to believe he got a safe call."

Madson (1-1), working for the first time in a week, bailed out
Myers in the fifth when he got three straight outs with runners on
first and second to keep the game tied 3-all. He allowed only an
infield hit to Reggie Sanders to open the sixth in four innings,
and earned his first career victory.

In five games, Madson has allowed one unearned run in 11 2-3
innings with 11 strikeouts and two walks.

"Madson has been very impressive," Bowa said. "He's
definitely getting his feet wet and he's opened a whole lot of
eyes."

Billy Wagner worked the ninth for his sixth save in seven
attempts.

Myers, a 14-game winner last year, was chased after giving up
three straight singles, including the game-tying hit to Albert
Pujols, to start the fifth. In four innings, Myers allowed three
runs and eight hits.

Cardinals starter Jason Marquis worked around early control
difficulty. He walked five and threw 113 pitches in six innings,
allowing three runs -- two earned -- on five hits.

Marquis walked Doug Glanville and Placido Polanco to open the
game, and nine of his first 11 pitches were balls. Thome's one-out
RBI single put the Phillies ahead.

The Cardinals answered with Renteria's two-run single in the
bottom of the first. With two outs and the bases loaded, Renteria
hit a weak grounder up the middle and second baseman Polanco
swerved to avoid a collision with Scott Rolen, running from first,
as the ball rolled through.

Burrell's two-run double in the fifth put the Phillies ahead
3-2.

Game notes
St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz and new defensive
coordinator Larry Marmie watched the game from the owners' seats
next to the Cardinals' dugout. ... Sanders had been 6-for-6 in
stolen bases before Mike Lieberthal caught him trying for second in
the sixth. ... Cardinals starters have worked at least six innings
in 15 of the last 17 games. ... Thome is a career .405 hitter at
Busch Stadium (15-for-37) with four homers and 12 RBI. ... Bobby
Abreu was 0-for-4 to end a six-game hitting streak during which he
was 14-for-28. Abreu is 1-for-18 against Marquis.