HOW THE PHILS MASHED THE CARDS FOR A WEEKEND SWEEP!

By Sam Bush

Aaron Nola allowed one hit and struck out nine, Kyle Schwarber homered and the NL wild-card leading Phillies completed a three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals with a 3-0 victory.

Johan Rojas doubled among his three hits and Bryce Harper hit an RBI single for the defending NL champion Phillies, who outscored the Cardinals 22-3 in the series.

José Alvarado tossed a scoreless eighth and Craig Kimbrel completed the two-hit shutout with his 20th save in 22 tries with a scoreless ninth.

“We’re hitting our stride when we want to,” Schwarber said. “We have to keep pushing, keep going.”

After Tommy Edman led off the game with a double, Nola (12-8) retired 21 of the next 22 batters.

“I really felt like I had to get in the zone,” Nola said after Edman’s at-bat. “They were three uncompetitive pitches.”

A one-out walk in the fifth to Nolan Gorman was the only blemish over that stretch and the right-hander’s only free pass of the day. St. Louis didn’t get another hit until Paul Goldschmidt’s one-out double off Kimbrel.

Among the NL leaders in strikeouts and innings pitched, Nola upped his season totals to 174 K’s and 167⅓ innings. The 30-year-old didn’t allow a home run for the fifth time in 27 starts.

Schwarber hit the first pitch of the game from Drew Rom (0-2) deep into the bushes in center field. The 436-foot shot was the 36th home run for Schwarber, who led the NL with 46 in 2022. It also was his 27th career leadoff homer and seventh this season.

The Phillies went up 2-0 in the fifth on Trea Turner’s sacrifice fly that scored Rojas, and they took a three-run lead in the seventh on Harper’s opposite-field single.

“The team has been mashing the baseball,” Nola said.

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