Cardinals 5, Philadelphia 3

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ST. LOUIS (AP)—Sterling Hitchcock won in his St. Louis debut, pitching an inning of scoreless relief as the Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 Saturday.

Jim Edmonds had four hits and Matt Morris allowed a run over five innings in his first start since July 21 for St. Louis, which defeated the Phillies for the first time in eight games.

Albert Pujols was hit in the helmet by a pitch from Phillies starter Amaury Telemaco to star the sixth inning. Pujols, who went 0-for-5 Friday to snap his 30-game hitting, remained in the game and scored the tying run.

Hitchcock, who was acquired Friday from the New York Yankees in exchange for minor leaguers Justin Pope and Ben Julianel, took over for Morris to start the sixth with the Cardinals trailing 1-0. Hitchcock allowed a hit to Bobby Abreu to start the inning, but escaped unscathed. St. Louis then scored five times in the bottom half to take control.

Mike DeJean also made his first appearance since coming to St. Louis from Milwaukee on Friday. He pitched a scoreless seventh, but gave up two runs on two hits in the eighth on RBI singles by Jim Thome and Chase Utley.

Jason Isringhausen came on to get the last two outs in the eighth and pitched a scoreless ninth for his 14th save in 15 chances.

Morris gave up six hits and struck out one in his first game since being hit by a line drive by San Diego’s Mark Kotsay and breaking his hand.

Edmonds tied a career high by going 4-for-4. It is the 16th time in his career and fourth time this year he had four hits.

Thome continued have his way with St. Louis pitching, getting three more hits and an RBI—his 100th of the season. Thome, who went 3-for-4 with an intentional walk, is 9-for-17 against St. Louis (.529) with 10 RBI.

After Pujols was hit, Edmonds and Scott Rolen followed with singles off Telemaco (1-1) to load the bases. Dan Plesac relieved and walked pinch-hitter Eduardo Perez to force in a run and tie the score 1-all.

Edgar Renteria gave the Cardinals a 2-1 lead with a single to left off reliever Terry Adams. Pinch-hitter Kerry Robinson drove home two more with a single to right, and Miguel Cairo capped the inning with a sacrifice fly to center and make it 5-1.

Telemaco was charged with three runs on six hits in five-plus innings. He had beaten the Cardinals 6-4 in his last start Sunday, which was his first appearance in the majors since July 16, 2001.

Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on an RBI ground out by Pat Burrell.

Notes

Pujols finished 0-for-3. … For his career, Thome is batting .472 (25-for-53) against the Cardinals with 13 home runs and 28 RBI. … After going 8-for-60 coming out of the All-Star break, Edmonds has six hits in his last nine at-bats. … Telemaco’s fifth-inning double extended Philadelphia’s streak to 21 straight games with a double. The Phillies entered the day on pace to hit 333 doubles, which would be the most since 1930. … The one run allowed by Morris is the fewest he’s allowed since he shutout the Pirates 9-0 on May 24. … The Cardinals Tino Martinez is in an 0-for-10 slide. St. Louis manager TonyLa Russa pinch-hit for Martinez in the sixth with the bases loaded.

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