PHILADELPHIA (AP)—With one swing, David Bell made up for a rare tough night in the field.
Bell, a solid defensive third baseman, had two errors, including one that led to an unearned run in the first inning.
“Nobody wants to make errors,” Bell said. “When you don’t make a play and it leads to a run, that’s not a good feeling. You can’t think about that (at the plate). I’m glad we won the game.”
Scott Rolen had two hits and three RBIs against his former team. Rolen is hitting .414 (24-for-58) against the Phillies since he was traded to St. Louis in 2002.
Millwood gave up four runs—three earned—and seven hits in seven innings. Billy Wagner pitched the ninth for his seventh save in eight chances.
“My location was off and on throughout the game, but I was able to make pitches when I had to,” Millwood said.
Woody Williams (0-3) retired the first two hitters in the sixth, before walking Pat Burrell. Mike Lieberthal followed with an infield single that deflected off Williams’ glove. Bell, who came in hitting just .220, then lined a 2-1 pitch into the left-field seats for a 5-3 lead.
Williams was tagged for five runs and seven hits in six innings. He hasn’t pitched past the sixth in any of his six starts.
“I was trying to throw it down and it became a three-run homer,” Williams said of the pitch to Bell. “I can’t let that happen.”
Rolen’s RBI groundout in the eighth cut it to 5-4. He had a run-scoring single in the first, and leads the majors with 33 RBIs.
Fans again booed Rolen loudly the entire game. Once a fan favorite in Philadelphia, Rolen has been vilified since turning down a lucrative contract extension from the Phillies in 2001 and forcing the trade the following year.
“Rolen did a good job again,” Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. “He’s been doing that all year.”
Burrell doubled to lead off the second and Bell’s RBI single gave the Phillies a 2-1 lead.
Byrd led off the first with a homer deep into the left-center field seats, tying it at 1.
With one out in the ninth, a fan jumped down from the stands in left-center field and ran toward second base while Burrell was getting under a fly ball hit by So Taguchi. The fan slid in to second base as Burrell’s throw from left field came in to second.
“Maybe the guy thought it was three outs,” Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. “He confused me. I looked down when the ball was hit, thinking it wasthe second out. I heard a roar and I thought Burrell maybe dropped the ball.”
The Phillies have scored 21 of their last 28 runs on homers. … The Cardinals are 8-3 on the road. … Phillies 2B Placido Polanco, who had a career-high 64 RBIs last season, has one this year. He’s 0-for-20 with runners in scoring position. … Philadelphia is 4-5 in one-run games. The Cardinals fell to 6-2 in one-run games. … Bell had four RBIs twice before, once withthe Phillies last year.