PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Yadier Molina hit two home runs, doubled and drove in four runs, and Nolan Arenado and Paul DeJong also homered in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 9-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.
St. Louis won for just the second time in its last seven games while finding offense that had been missing in the defeats. The Cardinals averaged 2.6 runs in their last five losses.
Cardinals manager Mike Shildt pointed to the Cardinals’ ranking high in two important hitting categories prior to the contest, citing the fact they entered Saturday No. 1 in the league in hard-hit percentage and fourth in exit velocity as proof that positive results were forthcoming.
And he was right.
“The proof is in the results today,” he said. “We’ll be very confident when our process is positive.”
Rhys Hoskins had three hits and Alec Bohm drove in two runs for the Phillies, who played without Bryce Harper. The Phillies star outfielder sat out after waking up Saturday with tightness in his lower back.
Harper said after Friday’s 9-2 win over the Cardinals that he hoped the Phillies could build some offensive momentum on that performance. But it was St. Louis whose hitters got their bats going.
St. Louis broke the game open with six runs in the third off Matt Moore (0-1). Moore recorded consecutive outs to start the frame before a two-out barrage.
Molina drove an 82 mph changeup over the wall in left for a three-run homer that made it 3-1.
“He’s looking to do damage,” Shildt said. “He’s putting good swings on it.”
DeJong followed with a solo shot to straightaway center, and it was 5-1 after Dylan Carlson’s RBI double.
Manager Joe Girardi saw enough when Moore’s first pitch to Cardinals starter Kwang Hyun Kim missed the strike zone. Philadelphia…