St. Louis (24-14) at Philadelphia (18-22)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: Philadelphia, PA
Temp: 73° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed May 18, 2005
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In the opening game of a crucial 12-game stretch, Bobby Abreu once again came through for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Abreu will look to stay hot at the plate when the Phillies resume their three-game series with the visiting St. Louis Cardinals.

Abreu homered and drove in two runs in the Phillies’ 7-5 win in Tuesday’s series opener.

Philadelphia, which has won three of its last four, opened a stretch of 12 games against division leaders St. Louis, Baltimore and Atlanta, and one second-place club in Florida.

Abreu’s first-inning solo homer was his eighth in nine games and his 10th this month. Abreu has hit in 10 straight games, and has an RBI and a run scored in nine straight.

“What he’s doing right now is amazing,” manager Charlie Manuel said.

Pat Burrell followed Abreu’s homer with one of his own, and Ryan Howard led off the second with an opposite-field homer for Philadelphia, which scored five runs in the inning. The Phillies also committed five errors—three by third baseman David Bell and two by shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

“For whatever reason, after I made an error I was tentative, and I learned a long time ago not to play like that,” Bell said. “Tonight was a bad night, but we won the game and that’s all that matters.”

Philadelphia, which came into the game with just 15 errors, had its first five-error game since July 15, 2002.

David Eckstein hit his first homer since Sept. 26, and Albert Pujols had three hits and drove in two runs for St. Louis, which has won six of nine.

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