Game Report: Cardinals 7, Phillies 6 (10 innings)

The good news for the Cardinals is that they play the Phillies again on Thursday. The bad news is it’s their final game of the year against the Phillies.

The Cardinals rallied from an early 5-0 deficit on Wednesday night, tying the game in the ninth inning on Tommy Pham’s second homer of the night and then scoring twice in the 10th to earn the victory in Philadelphia.

The win improved the Cardinals’ record to 5-0 against the Phillies since May 15 while going 7-22 against the rest of their opponents.

The comeback was the largest deficit the Cardinals have overcome to win a game this season.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The comeback began with Pham’s first homer of the night, in the fifth, and a two-run homer by Jedd Gyorko in the sixth. It was Gyorko’s 11th homer of the year but the first he has hit with a runner on base … Jose Martinez hit a pinch-hit homer in the eighth to pull the Cardinals within one run, before Pham tied it with his ninth homer of the season with one out in the ninth … In the 10th, Martinez led off the inning with a double and later scored on a throwing error before Yadier Molina knocked in the final run with a single … The Cardinals have now hit three or more homers in five consecutive games for the first time in franchise history.

On the mound: The Phillies scored three times in the first inning and added two more runs in the fourth off starter Michael Wacha, although only two of the runs were earned. The three unearned runs scored because of two errors by Greg Garcia, who was playing second base … Wacha is now 0-2 with three no-decisions in five starts on the road this season … Tyler Lyons pitched three scoreless innings of relief after Wacha was lifted after four innings and John Brebbia and Brett Cecil combined for two more scoreless innings while the Cardinals were rallying … The Phillies did score once in the bottom of the 10th off Seung Hwan Oh but he was able to strand the tying run at first base.

Key stat: The Cardinals had lost 59 consecutive games in which they trailed by five or more runs. The only teams in the National League with longer active streaks were the Padres and Phillies.

Worth noting: Dexter Fowler came out of the game in the 10th inning because of tightness in his leg … Martinez’s homer was the third pinch-hit homer of the season for the Cardinals … The Cardinals have now won 15 of their last 18 games against the Phillies.

Looking ahead: Carlos Martinez will get the start in the final game of the series on Thursday afternoon.