By Sam Bush
Will wonders never cease? The Phillies got first-rate contributions from two of their biggest disappointments Friday night at the Bank and beat Adam Wainwright and the Cards.
Ryan Howard drove in a pair of runs and Kyle Kendrick overcame a rocky first inning to lead the Phils to a 5-4 victory.
Ben Revere, who entered the day second in the NL in batting, went 3 for 4 to raise his average to .315. Chase Utley and Marlon Byrd also drove in runs for Philadelphia, which won its third in four games.
Matt Adams homered and Matt Holliday drove in two runs for the Cardinals, who lost for just the second time in nine games.
Kendrick (6-11) increased his first-inning ERA to 9.69 this season by allowing three early runs. He left after giving up four runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Wainwright (15-8) failed in his bid to become the first 16-game winner in the big leagues while continuing his August struggles. The right-hander allowed five runs, four earned, and six hits in six innings, dropping to 2-3 with a 6.49 ERA in five starts this month.
Wainwright looked to be in good position to earn the victory after the first inning.
It was a continuing theme for Kendrick, but he settled down after his early struggles.
Adams’ leadoff homer in the third was the right-hander’s only other blemish, and he finished by retiring his final eight batters. Kendrick has a 4.01 ERA in all innings other than the first this season.
Jonathan Papelbon capped 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief by the Phillies’ bullpen with a 1-2-3 ninth for his 31st save in 33 opportunities.
Philadelphia took the lead with four runs in the third thanks to some help from the Cardinals.
Carlos Ruiz singled and Howard got a late stop sign from coach Pete Mackanin after rounding third base. Adams caught Jon Jay’s relay throw from center and appeared to have an easy out, but he threw wildly to third and Howard scored on the error.
The Phillies, who batted around in the inning, scored their first three runs on RBIs by Utley, Howard and Byrd.
Holliday’s two-run double and Jay’s sacrifice fly staked St. Louis to a 3-0 lead. Jay went 0 for 3, ending his 12-game hitting streak.
Holliday nearly tied it in the eighth, but Byrd leaped high against the fence to catch the drive to right.