ST. LOUIS — — Alec Bohm hit two solo home runs, Zack Wheeler edged out Adam Wainwright and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 on Friday night.
Bohm homered 419 feet to center field to open the sixth inning of the Phillies’ first inning. He hit his sixth homer of the season in the left field seats with two outs in the eighth for his first career multihome game.
“It’s really cool,” said Bohm, who is from Omaha, Nebraska, and had lots of family and friends at the game. “That’s what you work for. Going out and seeing this happen is fun.
Bohm hadn’t raced since June 6.
“With this guy, you expect anything on any point. He’s been doing it so well for so long,” Bohm said of Wainwright. “I’m from the Midwest, he was throwing World Series games when I was growing up and here we are. So that’s pretty cool.
The first of a four-game series began rain-delayed 56 minutes.
The Phillies have won for the sixth time in eight games and the Cardinals have lost seven of their last eight games.
Wheeler (8-4) replicated his Sunday night performance against St. Louis by pitching seven scoreless innings.
“You don’t see that too often,” Philadelphia manager Rob Thomson said. “He was dynamite.”
The right-hander limited the Cardinals to five hits with one walk and struck out five.
“It’s a tough challenge. Good composition. Good team,” Wheeler said. “You think about that. We stuck with the plan for the most part on how to attack them. We never had to go to plan B.
Seranthony Domínguez threw in the eighth and Brad Hand came in for the ninth to get his fourth save in five chances. It was Hand’s 130th career save in his 499th game.
Wainwright, 40 (6-7), pitched nine innings for his longest outing this season. He allowed five hits and walked three without.
It was Wainwright’s 28th full game, the most among active MLB pitchers. It was his fifth career loss in a complete game.
“It’s a power hitting team out there,” Wainwright said. “Bohm got me. That’s what a good lineup does. Wheeler was outstanding. He’s just brilliant.
He made his fifth consecutive start without Yadier Molina behind the plate. The last time Wainwright made five starts without Molina was a six-start streak from July 14 to August 14. On December 10, 2019, when Molina was out with a tendon sprain in her right thumb.
GOLDSCHMIDT IS ALL-STAR STARTER
Paul Goldschmidt was voted the starter on first base in the National League, beating New York Mets star Pete Alonso in the two-way voting final. Goldschmidt garnered 67% of the vote for a spot in the starting lineup for the 92nd Midsummer Classic at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 19. It’s the first time Goldschmidt has been drafted to the Cardinals and the first since 2018.
PUJOLS IS A HERITAGE SELECTION
Albert Pujols has been added to the National League All-Star list as a legacy selection from the 92nd Midsummer Classic. Pujols will be the 33rd player in the National League. The All-Star selection is the 11th of Pujols’ career. Pujols is the oldest active player in MLB at 42 years old.
MOVING THE LIST
Phillies: RHP Michael Kelly recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. … LHP Bailey Falter has been optioned to Lehigh Valley. … LHP Kent Emanuel was activated from the 60-day disabled list and opted for Lehigh Valley. To make room for Emanuel on the 40-man roster, the club has designated LHP Sam Clay for assignment.
Cardinals: LHP activated IL’s Genesis Cabrera (COVID-19). … RHP James Naile was picked for Triple-A Memphis and Redbirds RHP Angel Rondón was designated for assignment. Cabrera, who kicked a live bullpen Tuesday in Atlanta, has missed the previous 12 games since June 25.
Phillies: INF Johan Camargo (strained right knee) began a rehab assignment as Triple-A Lehigh Valley DH on Friday and is expected to play in the field Saturday and Sunday. … RHP Connor Brogdon (COVID-19) kicked off an innings in a rehab mission Thursday with Lehigh Valley. He is due to pitch another inning on Saturday.
Cardinals: DE Tyler O’Neill (left hamstring strain) has his comeback delayed after being hit by a pitch in the left wrist during a batting game in Memphis on Wednesday. An MRI revealed some bruising but no fracture. The club will carry out more tests and assess him on Monday. … OF Corey Dickerson (calf muscle) has joined the major league club and will likely be activated out of IL this weekend. … John Mozeliak, president of baseball operations, said RHP Jack Flaherty (strained right shoulder) is not expected to return before the trade deadline Aug. 2. … Mozeliak said C Molina (inflamed right knee) was feeling better but not quite ready to return to baseball activities. He is in rehab in Puerto Rico and will complete rehab before joining the club.
Phillies: Kyle Gibson (4-3, 4.91 ERA) struggled on the mound in his previous start last week against St. Louis, giving up seven hits and six runs in four innings on the mound, including four consecutive home runs to start the game.
Cardinals: Dakota Hudson (6-5, 4.29 ERA) got off to a rocky start against Monday in Atlanta, where he allowed nine hits and six runs. It was Hudson’s second nine-hit, six-run appearance of the season.