PHILS REWARD 44,742, LARGEST CROWD OF SEASON, WITH 40TH WIN!

By Peter Marks

The Phils came home to another sellout crowd of 44,742, largest of the season, after losing four of six on a road trip in Colorado and San Francisco.

They improved to 23-8 overall at home and followed three-game sweeps over the Nationals and defending World Series champion Rangers by opening this three-game set against the Cardinals with a victory in 2 hours, 14 minutes.

“They’ve really played well and played hard every day,” manager Rob Thomson said.

Jeff Hoffman pitched a scoreless ninth for his fifth save in eight tries.

The Phillies also got some stellar defense from second baseman Bryson Stott, who leaped high to catch Iván Herrera’s liner in the fifth and then dove hard to his left to record the final out of the eighth on Alec Burleson’s grounder.

“Tremendous,” Thomson said. “He’s Gold Glove caliber.”

J.T. Realmuto went 0 for 4 with a pair of strikeouts to end his hitting streak at 17 games.

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