Game Report: Cardinals 8, Phillies 1 (11 innings)

The Cardinals set a franchise record on Tuesday night in Philadelphia when Yadier Molina and Tommy Pham launched two-run homers in a seven-run 11th inning in the win over the Phillies.

The two homers, plus one in the second inning from Jedd Gyorko, gave the Cardinals at least three home runs in four consecutive games for the first time in team history.

The two 11th inning homers came after Stephen Piscotty broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run double, the first multi-RBI game for the Cardinals’ third-place hitter since June 4.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The Cardinals have hit at least one homer in nine consecutive games … Molina has now homered in three consecutive games for the fourth time in his career, the first time he has done it since 2012 … The Cardinals have hit a total of 15 homers in the last four games … Dexter Fowler’s streak of homering in four consecutive games ended as he went 1-for-5 with a walk … The seven runs were the most the Cardinals have scored in an inning this season … It was the first time the Cardinals hit two homers in the same extra inning since July 22, 2007, when Skip Schumacher and Scott Rolen homered in the 10th in Atlanta … Matt Carpenter walked three times for the second consecutive game, and his leadoff walk began the 11th inning rally.

On the mound: After losing his last four starts, Mike Leake had a strong outing. He gave up just three hits and the one run in six innings. The run came after he issued back-to-back walks to open the fourth inning … Trevor Rosenthal pitched around a pair of two-out singles in the eighth to keep the game tied, before Seung Hwan Oh and Kevin Siegrist each turned in a 1-2-3 inning.

Key stat: Piscotty, back in the third spot in the order, was 0-for-4 before his two-run double in the 11th. That hit came with the third spot having produced just six hits in 45 at-bats over 12 games, and a total of three RBIs, two of which came on sacrifice flies by Piscotty. The Cardinals had had only one multi-RBI game out of the third spot since May 21.

Worth noting: The Cardinals played their 10th consecutive game without an error … All 10 of Gyorko’s homers this year have come with no runners on base, and his last 13 homers dating back to last year have all been solo shots … The last time the Cardinals had hit at least three homers in three consecutive games was in 2011 … Randal Grichuk homered again Tuesday night for Memphis … The Cardinals announced the signing of seven more draft picks, bringing the total of signed players from last week’s draft to 20.

Looking ahead:
Michael Wacha will get the start in the second game of the series on Wednesday night.