Repeating the feat on the road may not be as easy.
The Phillies will look to shake off their recent road struggles when they meet the Cardinals in the opener of a three-game series at Busch Stadium.
Philadelphia, which leads the Florida Marlins by a half-game in the NL wild-card race, has lost 11 of its last 13 away from the Vet. After sweeping the Cardinals, the Phillies opened a 13-game road trip by dropping three straight to the lowly Milwaukee Brewers.
“If there’s not a sense of urgency, guys should be looking for new jobs and occupations,” Phillies manager Larry Bowa said after Thursday’s 5-2 loss to the Brewers. “And it should be from the first pitch to the last out. That’s how you approach it.”
Reliever Terry Adams said he noticed a change in the Phillies this week.
“I don’t think we had the intensity that we had coming out every day as we did when we were home playing the Cardinals,” Adams said. “I think that had a lot to do with it.”
The Cardinals rebounded from their lost weekend in Philadelphia by taking two of three from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jim Edmonds hit two homers on Thursday, including a three-run shot in the ninth that lifted St. Louis to a 6-3 win.
Albert Pujols, who is riding a 30-game hitting streak, has missed the last four games. He became ill on Sunday but said he still was not ready to go on Thursday, complaining of chills and fever that has spiked as high as 103 degrees at night.
“It’s bad, it’s real bad,” Pujols said. “I haven’t felt anything like this before.”
Pujols’ streak is the longest in the majors this season.
STANDINGS: Phillies - 2nd place, 12 GB, NL East. Cardinals - 2nd place, 1 GB, NL Central.
PHILLIES PROBABLE STARTER: Brett Myers (12-7, 3.86 ERA). Myers has won seven of his last eight decisions, including a 5-4 win over the Cardinals on Saturday. Over 6 1-3 innings, he allowed four runs and six hits while striking out five and walking five. The 23-year-old right-hander is 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA in two career games against the Cardinals.
CARDINALS PROBABLE STARTER: Danny Haren (3-4, 4.20 ERA). Haren struggled against Myers and the Phillies on Saturday. Through six innings, he allowed five runs and seven hits in his first career start against the Phillies. The 22-year-old right hander has given up 11 runs in 17 1-3 innings over his past three starts.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Phillies - Mike Lieberthal, .321 avg.; Jim Thome, 34 HRs, 96 RBIs and 82 runs; Bobby Abreu and Jimmy Rollins, 16 SBs. Cardinals - Pujols, .371 avg., 34 HRs, 108 RBIs and 108 runs; Edgar Renteria, 25 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Phillies, 3-0.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Phillies - 1B Thome needs one homer to tie Ralph Kiner for 56th on the all-time list with 369. … 3B David Bell, who hasn’t played since July 10, has been told not to swing a bat for three weeks while undergoing treatment for his ailing back. … LF Pat Burrell needs one homer to reach 100 for his career. Cardinals - 3B Scott Rolen, who was traded from the Phillies last season, is hitting .367 (11-for-30) against Philadelphia during his career. … RHP Matt Morris, on the 15-day disabled list with a broken hand and a sprained ankle, will be activated and pitch Saturday. … 1B Tino Martinez needs two homers to reach 300 for his career.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Phillies - 30-31 on the road; Cardinals - 36-26 at home.
INJURIES: Phillies - 3B Bell (back), 15-day DL; RHP David Coggin (shoulder), 15-day DL. Cardinals - C Joe Girardi (back), 15-day DL; C Steve Torrealba (elbow), 15-day DL; 2B Fernando Vina (hamstring), 15-day DL; OF J.D. Drew (oblique), 15-day DL; OF Eli Marrero (ankle), 15-day DL; RHP Morris (ankle), 15-day DL; LHP Lance Painter (calf), 15-day DL; RHP Russ Springer (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Kiko Calero (foot), 60-day DL; RHP Chris Carpenter (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Gene Stechschulte (shoulder), 60-day DL.