The Phillies put forth a valiant ninth-inning rally, but it wasn't enough in a 4-3 loss to the Cardinals to conclude the teams' four-game set.
The hitting: The Phillies have scored just 28 runs over their last 11 games, two of which came in the ninth inning Monday. Their first run of the night - an unearned run - scored on Carlos Ruiz's second-inning single. Their second run came on Jimmy Rollins' RBI triple in the ninth. (No apparent groin problems as he legged out the three-base hit, by the way.) Rollins then scored on Shane Victorino's RBI groundout, making it 4-3. Tony La Russa then summoned Arthur Rhodes, who allowed a single to Chase Utley. That brought up the potential winning run, Hunter Pence, who grounded out against Octavio Dotel to send the Phils to a four-game series loss for the first time all season.
The pitching: Roy Halladay gave up four runs and six hits over eight innings. He also walked four batters, including two intentional passes to Lance Berkman, who also hit a two-run homer in the first inning. Halladay fell short of his 19th win and likely won't get to 20 victories, as he's expected to make his final start of the regular season this weekend.
Next up: A doubleheader against the Nats on Tuesday. Kyle Kendrick goes for the Phils in the opener, while Cliff Lee pitches the nightcap. The Nationals will go with a pair of southpaws: Ross Detwiler and Tommy Milone. The games are at 1:05 and 7:05.