CARDS UNLOAD ON EICKHOFF TO AVOID 1ST SWEEP BY PHILS SINCE ’06!

By Sam Bush

You can’t win ’em all.

As the Phillies proved emphatically yesterday against the Cards at Citizens Bank Park.

Dakota Hudson tossed six effective innings, Jedd Gyorko hit a two-run homer and the Cardinals beat the Phillies 5-3 Thursday.

Marcell Ozuna, Matt Wieters and Matt Carpenter also went deep for the Cardinals , who avoided their first sweep against the Phils since 2006.

Hudson (4-3) allowed four hits and one run in his fourth straight quality start. All of those outings followed losses and three resulted in wins for St. Louis.

Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff (2-3) gave up four runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.

The Cardinals jumped ahead 2-0 in the second on a pair of solo homers. Ozuna hit his 16th on a 1-2 pitch the opposite way into the right-field stands. One out later, Wieters drove one out to right for his second homer in two days and third this season.

Gyorko’s two-run shot in the seventh made it 4-1. Carpenter connected off Edgar Garcia as a pinch-hitter in the seventh.

After Carlos Martinez tossed a scoreless seventh, the Phillies rallied against him in the eighth. Andrew McCutchen walked and Jean Segura hit a single. Andrew Miller entered and Bryce Harper ripped an RBI single off him. John Gant replaced Miller and Rhys Hoskins singled in another run to cut it to 5-3.

But Gant retired Cesar Hernandez on an infield popup, struck out Scott Kingery and pinch-hitter J.T. Realmuto flied out.

The Cardinals twice intentionally walked Hoskins to load the bases after Harper hit doubles. The strategy paid off because the Phillies only managed one run. Hernandez had an RBI fielder’s choice grounder in the fourth but lined into an inning-ending double play in the sixth.

Shildt said he likely would’ve done the same thing had Realmuto been hitting in his normal spot behind Hoskins. Andrew Knapp started at catcher, so Hernandez moved up to fifth in the lineup.

”I feel he puts me in situations where I can be successful,” Hudson said of Shildt’s confidence in letting him pitch with the bases loaded. ”Getting grounders is my thing. It’s tough (with the bases loaded). You have to stay within yourself. We have the defense and we made the plays.”

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