Phillies Prevail in 14, Close In on Mets

Philadelphia only 1.5 back in NL East after 7-4 win in St. Louis
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2007 6:27 AM CDT
Philadelphia Phillies' Jayson Werth (28) steals second under the tag attempt by St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Aaron Miles for a stolen base during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Phillies' five-hour battle with the Cardinals burned through 20 pitchers—none of whom lasted more than 3 innings—before Philadelphia rallied to win their sixth straight game and shave the Mets' lead to 1 1/2 games in the NL East race. The teams tied a National League record by using 53 players, reports the Philadelphia Daily News.

The Cardinals took a 3-1 lead in the third, sending Phils star Cole Hamels from the game after 54 pitches. Philadelphia's bullpen kept St. Louis quiet while their offense walked and hit their way to a tie in the sixth, and the teams traded runs in the tenth. Rod Barajas, the last available player, swatted the go-ahead single in the 14th.