ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies thought it was unnecessary to hold this runner on first base. Then Jake Westbrook took off.
For the second straight game, Westbrook gave the St. Louis Cardinals an all-around effort, working seven solid innings and contributing his second career steal in a key spot of an 11-3 victory on Wednesday night.
"No, it wasn't on my own," Westbrook said. "They were playing behind me so I got a decent jump and it worked out. It's always fun when you're on the bases, it makes you feel like you're doing something."
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said rookie first baseman Darin Ruf was too far off the bag.
"You just don't back up and let him see where you're at, you kind of stay back and let him feel you or let him see you, then you move slowly back" Manuel said. "He got a lead and a running jump and he took off.
"It was a heads-up play on his part and the first base coach's part, but at same time that was a mistake."
Westbrook (7-4) entered with a career .133 average that's enhanced by his first career three-hit game in the Cardinals' first game after the All-Star break. He helped knock out John Lannan (2-4) when he drew a two-out walk in the fourth, stole second and scored on Carpenter's single for a 4-0 lead.
Matt Adams had two hits and three RBIs and Shane Robinson's three-run triple in the fifth was his third hit of the game for the Cardinals, who are 4-1 since the All-Star break and lead the majors with a 61-37 record. They scored in four straight innings, totaling nine runs on 12 of their 16 hits from the second through fifth.