ST. LOUIS (AP) -- With two straight days of double-digit run
production, the Philadelphia Phillies showed the St. Louis
Cardinals their lineup is pretty good, too.
Pat Burrell hit a three-run homer to increase his major
league-leading RBI total to 15 and Bobby Abreu had three hits and
four RBI, helping Jon Lieber and the Philadelphia Phillies rout
the St. Louis Cardinals 13-4 on Sunday.
"There's a lot of opportunities here," Burrell said. "We've
got a lot of guys that are very good hitters. Everybody's out there
driving guys in."
The Phillies manhandled the Cardinals in their final game at
40-year-old Busch Stadium, which is being demolished to make room
for a new ballpark after the season. They took two of three in the
Cardinals' first home series after dropping two of three at home
against the Nationals to start the year.
"I knew from Day 1 in camp what this lineup could do," Lieber
said. "This doesn't surprise me at all. These guys can hit."
The Cardinals, who received their NL championship rings for
winning their 16th pennant last season in a pregame ceremony, led
for only one-half of an inning in the series and lost the last two
games 23-8. St. Louis got homers from Albert Pujols, Abraham Nunez
and So Taguchi, all coming with the game out of hand.
"Yesterday and today we showed we can hit and we can win some
games," Abreu said. "The way we're playing right now is the way
this team is supposed to play."
In a matchup of opening day pitchers, Lieber retired the first
12 batters while the Cardinals' Chris Carpenter (1-1) was hit hard
and failed to make it out of the fourth.
"They were on everything he threw," Cardinals manger Tony La
Russa said. "We weren't on anything Lieber threw."
Lieber (2-0), who beat the Nationals in his first start, didn't
allow a hit until Scott Rolen singled to start the fifth. He gave
up four runs -- two earned -- and four hits . Lieber struck out three
and walked none and is 9-1 in his last 12 starts dating to last
Burrell's third homer put the Phillies ahead 6-0 in the third.
He was 6-for-14 with two homers and nine RBI in the series and
leads the NL in hits (12), RBI and total bases (24).
Burrell has driven in a run in all six games, a career best.
Abreu had an RBI double in the first, an RBI single third and a
two-run double in the fourth off Carpenter, who allowed only one
run on four hits in seven innings in his season debut at Houston
while retiring his last 13 batters. This time Carpenter lasted only
3 1-3 innings, giving up eight runs and 10 hits.
Carpenter was in trouble from the first pitch, which Jimmy
Rollins lined to center for a single.
"I made some good pitches; they hit some good pitches,"
Carpenter said. "I made some bad pitches and they hit those, too.
It was just one of those days that I have no excuse for."
Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds also had a rough game,
failing to pursue Abreu's drive to the track in the first that
landed over his head for a double and then misplaying pinch-hitter
Tomas Perez's two-run bases-loaded single in the seventh, allowing
a third run to score when the ball rolled under his glove and
nearly went to the wall.
But Edmonds seemed to lay the blame on pitching for the poor
series, saying: "We can't play defense behind a fastball right
down the middle."
Jim Thome, who had an RBI double in the fourth, received a
replica of the stadium on behalf of the team as part of the pregame
ceremonies. ... Phillies CF Kenny Lofton was removed in the sixth
after experiencing tightness in his right hamstring. He made a nice
running catch of a drive by Edmonds in the fifth. Manager Charlie
Manuel doesn't think it's a serious injury. ... Abreu was 7-for-16
in the series. ... Cardinals reliever Bill Pulsipher injured his
left hamstring, a spring training injury, on his followthrough in
the eighth and likely will be placed on the 15-day disabled list.
"I would say the prospects are not good," La Russa said.