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Carpenter leading off for Cards tonight, Jay batting 7th

4:49 PM, Apr 18, 2013   |    comments
  • Apr 10, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter (13) hits a 2 run home run against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Reds 10-0. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
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(KSDK Sports) -- The Cardinals are shaking up the batting order tonight as they open a four game series with the Phillies.  Tonight's line up: Carpenter 2b, Beltran rf, Holliday lf, Craig 1b, Molina c, Freese 3b, Jay cf, Kozma ss, Wainwright P.

If ever there was a medicine to cure what ailed the Cardinals Wednesday night in Pittsburgh, it's knowing your ace will be on the mound the next day.  But will that be enough to wake up the Cardinals bats, after a one-game slumber?

Adam Wainwright gets the call tonight as the Redbirds continue their 10 game road trip into Philadelphia.  Wainwright (2-1) is coming off his best outing of the young season, a four- hit shutout over the Milwaukee Brewers while notching the 12th complete game of his 154-start career.

He didn't walk a batter and struck out 12, which is how many strikeouts he'd recorded through two previous starts in April - while beating San Francisco and losing to Arizona.

Wainwright, who is 3-1 in nine career meetings with the Phillies, will try to get the Cardinals back on track Thursday after they were shut down by A.J. Burnett in a 5-0 loss to the Pirates on Wednesday.

Carlos Beltran's double in the seventh broke up Burnett's no-hit bid and was the only hit St. Louis recorded.

Shelby Miller (2-1) allowed two runs on six hits and a walk for the Cardinals, who have lost just two of their last seven.

"It was a well-pitched game on both sides," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "Their guy was just a little bit better."

Lefty Cole Hamels seeks his first victory of 2013 when the Philadelphia Phillies host the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series at Citizens Bank Park.

Hamels, a 17-game winner last season, opened the year with consecutive losses at Atlanta and at home to Kansas City while allowing 13 runs on 16 hits in just 10 2/3 innings of work.

He pitched better, but still got a no-decision, in the Phillies' 2-1 loss at Miami in his last start on April 13, allowing three hits and a run in six innings with three walks and five strikeouts.

The effort lowered his earned run average from 10.97 to 7.56.

Hamels is 2-3 in nine lifetime meetings with the Cardinals, while allowing a .225 batting average and striking out 56 batters in 55 innings.

Meanwhile in Cincinnati, Philadelphia lost Tuesday's suspended game then was crushed in the regularly scheduled series finale, falling, 11-2.

The Phillies scored just 10 runs on a disappointing 2-4 road trip.

"Sometimes you go through periods where you don't hit," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

Freddy Galvis accounted for Wednesday's offense with a two-run homer in the eighth inning off Justin Freeman, but by that time the outcome was already decided.

John Lannan (0-1) was knocked out in the second as the veteran right-hander was tagged for six runs on eight hits.

The Phillies won five of seven games between the teams in 2012, a year after the Cardinals had won the season series, 6-3.

 

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