Aaron Nola, Phillies stymie Cardinals

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia PhilliesMay 31, 2024; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Edmundo Sosa (33) hits a two-RBI home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the second inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Edmundo Sosa hit a two-run homer to lift the host Philadelphia Phillies past the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Friday.

Bryce Harper added two goals for the Phillies, who have won two in a row.

In 6 1/3 innings, Phillies starter Aaron Nola (7-2) allowed three hits and two runs with six strikeouts and two walks. Jeff Hoffman struckout two batters in a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his fifth save.

The Phillies became the first team in the Majors to reach 40 wins this season.

Brandon Crawford hit a home run and single and Nolan Arenado also went deep for the Cardinals, who had won two in a row. Crawford and Arenado were responsible for all three of the Cardinals’ goals.

Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas (3-6) gave up five hits and three runs with five strikeouts and one walk in six innings.

Arenado hit a solo home run to left field to start the seventh as St. Louis cut the deficit to 3-2.

Brandon Marsh doubled with one out in the bottom half of the inning. After Sosa grounded to the short stop, Johan Rojas responded with an RBI single to right for a 4-2 lead.

In the ninth, Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Gorman struckout swinging and Arenado flied out to right.

In the bottom of the second inning, Alec Bohm led off with a single to left, and one out later, Nick Castellanos doubled to right to put runners on second and third. Marsh’s groundout made it 1-0. Sosa then crushed a two-run home run to center for a quick 3-0 lead.

Crawford hit a solo homer to right-center in the third to close the Cardinals within 3-1.

In the fifth, Ivan Herrera hit a scorching line drive, but second baseman Bryson Stott jumped and made a great catch for the second out. Crawford followed with a single and Dylan Carlson walked, but Michael Siani grounded out to Stott to end the threat.

–Field-level media

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