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Final Score: Cardinals 4 Phillies 1


The Bottom Line

— The Cardinals (62-52) defeated the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night by a score of 4-1 but were unable to gain ground on either the division or wild card races as both the Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves won on Saturday night as well.

— Jake Westbrook (12-8) was tremendous, giving up one earned run and four hits over 7 2/3 innings, while striking out three and walking two.

— After falling behind early 1-0, Matt Holliday hit a three-run home run (22) in the sixth inning to put the Cards up 3-1.

— Carlos Beltran added an RBI single (82) in the eight inning to give the Cards another insurance run

— Jason Motte pitched a scoreless ninth inning, earning his 26th save on the season.

Again, the Cards continue to show why they’re one of the most resilient teams in baseball. Jake Westbrook was fantastic and is slowly becoming just as, if not more reliable, than some of the other pitchers in this rotation. A year ago, I certainly would not have said that. Westbrook used to be extraordinarily inconsistent and it was truly a crapshoot whenever he would go on the mound. But particularly in the second half, Westbrook has shown that he is more than capable of being a winning pitcher on a winning team.

What’s Next: The Cardinals try to take the rubber game of their series with the Phillies on Sunday afternoon. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest and all pre and post game information can be found on CardsBlog.

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