Halladay allowed three runs and three hits, striking out eight in eight innings. He didn’t allow a runner after Skip Schumaker led off the second with a single.
Rafael Furcal led off the game with a single and stole second. One out later, Halladay walked Albert Pujols on four pitches. Berkman drove the next pitch off the mini-scoreboard hanging on the facing off the second deck in right field.
Halladay retired his last 21 batters, and the NL East champions began their all-or-nothing postseason run with a comeback win.
…The offense bailed out Doc.
Howard shook off his season-ending strikeout last October to hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in a five-run sixth inning, sending Citizens Bank Park into a frenzy.
Lohse retired the first 10 batters before Chase Utley hit a double off the right-field fence in the fourth. The righty, who was 14-8 this season, ran out of gas in the sixth.
Down 3-1, Jimmy Rollins singled to start the inning. After Utley struck out, Hunter Pence grounded a single up the middle. That brought up Howard, who heard a lot of criticism last year for taking a called third strike with the tying run on second base to end the Phillies’ season against San Francisco in the NL championship series.
Howard worked a full count before launching a towering drive into the second deck in right-center to give the Phillies a 4-3 lead.
Victorino followed with a single. Ibanez then lined a two-run homer to right to end Lohse’s night.
Lohse allowed six runs—five earned—and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Howard hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh, and Victorino and Ibanez each had RBI singles in the inning to pad Philadelphia’s lead.
The Cardinals scored three times in the ninth off relievers Michael Stutes and Ryan Madson, highlighted by Schumaker’s two-run double.
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