ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Yadier Molina never saw what hit him, leaving the field on a body board and wearing a neck brace. One inning later, it was the Philadelphia Phillies who were stunned.
Rick Ankiel scored from second on the Phillies' second error at first base in the 10th inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 7-6 victory on Sunday, a game interrupted when Molina was run over on a tag play in the ninth.Molina suffered a mild concussion, and was to be held at a hospital overnight as a precaution, though tests showed no further injuries, the team said."The initial stuff was OK," manager Tony La Russa said. "At least right now. We're keeping our fingers crossed and hoping for the best."Ankiel reached with two outs on second baseman Chase Utley's wild throw to reliever Tom Gordon, who was covering first. After Troy Glaus singled, Gordon (5-4) again had to cover the bag on Chris Duncan's grounder between first and second, and Gordon missed the ball as he ran across the base."I just didn't see the ball," Gordon said. "I couldn't find it, I couldn't locate it. I was hoping it would hit me. I have no excuse."Gordon disagreed with manager Charlie Manuel's assertion that the reliever had trouble finding the base."That had nothing to do with anything," Gordon said. "I got over there soon so if anybody is going to question that, I'm telling you upfront what I saw."Skip Schumaker homered and doubled to wrap up a seven-hit series and Glaus added a two-run shot for his sixth homer of the month. Anthony Reyes (2-1) worked a perfect 10th for St. Louis.Ankiel doubled off the left-field wall, tripled off the right-field wall and had an RBI for the Cardinals, who took the three-game series after getting routed 20-2 on Friday night. St. Louis is 9-0-1 in its last 10 series and has won eight of 10 series when dropping the opener.The Cardinals are 3-2 since Pujols went on the DL."We caught a break," La Russa said. "We've had it happen where the baseball gods kicked us, but today they kicked the Phillies."Ryan Howard had two hits and four RBIs for the NL East-leading Phillies, and was 6-for-13 with nine RBIs against his hometown team. Philadelphia stranded 15 runners, leaving the bases loaded four times, and concluded a 5-4 trip.Molina had to reach back to glove a one-hop throw from Duncan on Jimmy Rollins' bad-hop grounder. He got drilled by pinch runner Eric Bruntlett as he was turning to make the tag."I didn't think I hit him that hard," Bruntlett said. "Obviously, I hit him hard enough. Obviously, I feel horrible."Molina showed plate umpire Tim McClelland he still had the ball before collapsing in front of the plate. He lay face down for several minutes while being attended to by medical personnel and did not appear to be moving as the cart left the field and a sellout crowd gave him a standing ovation."I couldn't even tell whether he tagged him or not, but the ump saw it and made the right call," said reliever Ryan Franklin, who was pitching. "How he held onto the ball, I don't know."La Russa said Molina was told not to move because he had been complaining about his neck."It gets your stomach a little bit because you fear the worst," the manager said. "It was very scary and we'll see. Hopefully, we're OK."Bruntlett and Jayson Werth, Philadelphia's next hitter, were among those watching nearby. La Russa had no problem with the play, saying, "I don't blame the runner.""That's the last thing you want to see, especially when you're involved," Bruntlett said. "I feel awful about it."Bruntlett missed a chance to score the go-ahead run from second on Shane Victorino's clean single to right on the previous at-bat, first retreating to second.St. Louis relievers walked four straight batters, including Howard and Pat Burrell with the bases loaded, to allow the Phillies to tie it at 6 in the eighth. Burrell had been 0-for-6 with four strikeouts against Russ Springer before driving in the tying run on a five-pitch walk with most of the pitches well off the plate.Cardinals pitchers walked eight batters, while Phillies pitchers didn't walk any.Phillies starter Brett Myers allowed six runs on eight hits in six innings and has been charged with 11 runs in 11 1/3 innings in his last two appearances.
Utley was 0-for-3 on Saturday, ending a 21-game hitting streak against the Cardinals, and went 2-for-4 on Sunday. ... Howard stole his second career base when reliever Chris Perez forgot about him in the sixth. ... Cardinals pitchers also walked eight on Friday's 20-2 loss. ... Schumaker is batting .410 (16-for-39) in his last nine starts to raise his average to .310. ... Rollins was 2-for-13 in the series, although he walked three times and scored twice on Friday. He stole his 27th consecutive base in the first and hasn't been caught since Aug. 31, 2007 at Florida.