PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Allen Craig hit two homers and drove in
three runs, Chris Carpenter gave up eight hits in eight innings,
and the St. Louis Cardinals improved their playoff chances with a
5-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday night.
Albert Pujols also homered for the Cardinals (83-69), who pulled
within 3½ games of the Atlanta Braves in the NL wild-card chase
with their ninth win in 11 games. The Cardinals remained 6½ back of
the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central.
Carpenter (15-8) recorded all but four of his outs by
groundballs, and induced three double plays. Only three Phillies
reached second and none advanced to third. Carpenter finished with
five strikeouts and one walk.
Chase Utley had three hits for the Phillies (98-53).