PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Darick Hall’s tiebreaking homer was his third straight shot since being called up, and Rhys Hoskins went deep to add an insurance run, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night led.
Hall broke a 3-all tie in the sixth when he started by driving a 79 mph change from Miles Mikolas (5-6) to the seats on the right. All three of Hall’s hits have been homeruns since he arrived on Wednesday from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 26-year-old Hall went deep twice in Philadelphia’s 14-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday evening.
Hoskins gave Philadelphia a two-run cushion in the seventh by homering in his third game in a row, a solo shot deep left-center.
Mickey Moniak added an RBI-double for Philadelphia, which will play six of its next nine games against St. Louis.
The Phillies are 19-8 since interim manager Rob Thomson took over from fired Joe Girardi last month.
José Alvarado (2-1) threw two-thirds scoreless innings in relief for the win, and Brad Hand threw a scoreless ninth for his third save in four chances.
Nolan Arenado of the Cardinals batted for the second time in his career and 17th in Cardinals history. He had an RBI triple in the first, a two-run homer in the third, a double in the sixth and was credited with a single in the eighth after his hard hitting grounder hit the glove of third baseman Matt Vierling.
The Phillies took advantage of an error by Arenado in the fifth as they tied the game with three runs. Garrett Stubbs led off with a hard hit grounder towards third base, but it went through Arenado’s glove and Stubbs advanced to first base. After Vierling singled, Moniak doubled to the wall at center right to score Stubbs. Vierling and Moniak scored on Kyle Schwarber’s groundout and Hoskins’ sacrifice fly.
Mikolas took off after 5 ⅓ innings, having earned two of his four runs allowed on six hits with a strikeout and two walks.
Phillies-starter Bailey Falter, who came in for injured righthander Zach Eflin (bruised right knee), gave up three runs on five hits in four innings with five strikeouts and a walk.
Arenado’s triple in the first and homer in the third gave the Cardinals a 3-0 lead. He also batted for the cycle on June 18, 2017.
The Phillies successfully challenged two calls. In the first game, Nick Castellanos of Philadelphia was originally called out on a tag while running from first to second, but was found safe in second after a video review. In the seventh, Cardinals’ Tommy Edman was picked off after a video review destroyed the safe call on the field.
The Phillies presented Albert Pujols with the “STL” visitor scoreboard in recognition of his 22-year career. Pujols, who came in with 683 homeruns, announced in March that he would retire after this season. He went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts.
Braves: After missing the last two games with a bruised left hand, 2B Nolan Gorman was available on Friday but was not in the starting lineup due to the pitching matchup, manager Oliver Marmol said before the game. … LHP Steven Matz (left shoulder impingement) will make a rehabilitation start in Triple-A Memphis on Saturday, aiming for three innings and 45 pitches. Matz left his start on May 22 after suffering shoulder problems. …OR Tyler O’Neill (left hamstring injury) missed his 11th game in a row. He is walking and is aiming for a drug addiction assignment on Monday, Marmol said.
Phillies: Star slugger Bryce Harper missed his fifth game in a row after successful surgery on his broken left thumb on Wednesday. Harper was not at the club on Friday, but is expected to rejoin the team soon. …Eflin was given a cortisone shot earlier this week and is expected to miss at least one more start.
Cardinals LHP Matthew Liberatore (2-1, 4.00) will face Philadelphia RHP Kyle Gibson (4-3, 4.48) on Saturday afternoon in the second game of the three-game series.
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