St. Louis Cardinals reach 60 wins, beat Philadelphia Phillies 4-1


The St. Louis Cardinals have reached 60 wins on the season with a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Jul 23, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller (40) throws to a Philadelphia Phillies batter during the first inning at Busch Stadium. Image Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Interestingly enough, it was the first game against the Phillies on April 18th that got things turned around for the club when Matt Carpenter took over the leadoff spot in the lineup and Edward Mujica took over as the closer.

Rookie pitcher Shelby Miller started for the Cardinals and went on to pick up his 10th win of the season. Miller had a superb outing and pitched 6 solid innings last night. He allowed 3 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 6 batters.

Randy Choate started the 7th inning to face the usual left-handed batter. Seth Maness took over to finish the inning. Maness allowed 2 hits, 1 run, and 1 strikeout. Trevor Rosenthal pitched the 8th inning and struck out 1 batter.

Mujica came in to pitch the ninth inning. He got into a jam by allowing 2 hits but was able to strikeout Darin Ruf for the second out before Matt Adams caught a pop-up to end the game.

The Cardinals got on the board in the first inning when Carpenter scored on a force-out.

In the bottom of the 4th inning, back-to-back doubles by Allen Craig and Yadier Molina led to Craig scoring. Adams singled and advanced Molina to third. Molina went on to score when David Freese singled to right field.

In the 7th, Craig singled on a soft fly to left and drove in Carlos Beltran.

Craig and Molina are duking it out for the National League Batting Title. Both are hitting .335 as of last night.