St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Lance Berkman capped a six-run eighth inning with a three-run homer, and the St. Louis Cardinals pounded the Philadelphia Phillies, 12-2, in the finale of a three-game series at Busch Stadium.
Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, Ryan Theriot and Tony Cruz each knocked in two runs to support a solid outing by Chris Carpenter (2-7), who limited Philadelphia to one run on five hits, walked one and struck out seven in seven innings.
St. Louis won for just the third time in its last 12 contests and joined idle Milwaukee atop the NL Central standings.
Chase Utley had two hits for the Phillies, who were looking to complete their first three-game sweep in St. Louis since August 1-3, 2006.
Phillies right-hander Roy Oswalt (4-6) lasted only two frames before exiting with lower back tightness.
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