ST. LOUIS (AP) -Pinch-hitter Shane Victorino had a tiebreaking three-run double in the eighth inning Sunday to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Brian Sanches (1-0) pitched two innings in his third appearance of the season to get the win.
Brad Thompson (5-3) pitched a perfect seventh in relief before allowing two hits and intentionally walking Ryan Howard to load the bases in the eighth. Randy Flores replaced Thompson and gave up Victorino's first pinch hit of the season. Flores has allowed 12 of 19 inherited base runners to score this season.
The Cardinals loaded the bases against Antonio Alfonseca in the ninth, but So Taguchi grounded out to end the game.
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