The Philadelphia Phillies scored two runs in the bottom of the 10th inning to power past the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 Monday evening at Citizens Bank Park.
Leading the way for the Phillies was Aaron Altherr, as the 27-year old right fielder from Landstuhl, Germany hit a two run double that just missed the glove of outfielder Marcell Ozuna.
Philadelphia is now tied with the Washington Nationals for second place in the National League East, with both sides trailing the young Atlanta Braves by 3.5 games in the standings. The Phillies are on a three game winning streak and have won six of their past ten contests.
The hosts received a strong start from Nick Pivetta, as the 25-year old right handed hurler from Victoria, British Columbia, lasted 7 1-3 innings while allowing two earned runs on four hits allowing one walk and striking out a game high 13 batters for the contest before leaving without the decision.
Instead Jake Thompson (1-0) picked up the win in relief despite surrendering a home run in the top of the 10th to Tommy Pham.
Each of these squads is heading in different directions, as the Phillies have won six of eight, while the Cardinals are the opposite, losing six of eight.
The 13 strikeouts for Pivetta were a career high for the young Phillies starter. The Cardinals are four games back in the National League Central. St. Louis will send Luke Weaver to the mound to take on Vince Velasquez for the Phillies on Tuesday.
The Phillies are 60/1 to win National League East with the Nationals 75/1 and the Braves are priced at 1/300.
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