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July 25, 2013

Westbrook helps Cardinals beat Phillies 11-3

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Allen Craig had two hits and a walk to give him 16 hits during a nine-game hitting streak. He's second in the league in hitting at .337 behind teammate Yadier Molina, who had three hits and an RBI and is batting .339.

John Mayberry had two hits and an RBI for the Phillies, who were without top run producer Domonic Brown and have lost four in a row. Brown is being evaluated for concussion-like symptoms and the team expects to know Thursday whether he'll be placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list. Right fielder Delmon Young threw out a runner at the plate in the second to thwart a sacrifice fly bid.

"It's kind of an ugly game not to get an error on the board," Manuel said. "It seemed like everything we did wasn't good."

Westbrook is 2 for 2 in his career on steals, getting his first last season, although he noted the first one came with runners on first and third and his steal of second came without a throw.

"My focus is completely on Carpenter," Lannan said. "I had two strikes so I was more focused on executing my pitch. If he didn't steal, who would have known what would happen?"

Westbrook has scored four runs this year, matching his total from the last two seasons combined, but didn't want to get too carried away.

"I'm a pitcher, that's what I do," Westbrook said. "I was able to throw the ball pretty well and give us a chance."

After retiring the side in order in the first, Lannan surrendered eight hits and two walks the next three innings. The biggest hit was Adams' two-run single on an 0-2 count with the bases loaded in the second.

"I try to see the ball as long as I can and just battle," Adams said. "I just dial in my focus more."

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