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Harper hit in the face and left when Phils defeated Cardinals 5-3

ST. LOUIS – Andrew McCutchen returned to the line-up and gave the go-ahead. He helped the Philadelphia Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 on Wednesday night after a bad luck hit Bryce Harper in the face. Harper left the game in the sixth inning after being hit in the left cheek by a left-handed Génesis Cabrera (0-1) with a fastball of 96.9 mph. The all-star bat picked himself up and walked off the field. Blood dripped from a cut near the side of his nose. Matt Joyce came in to run for Harper, who is third year on a 13-year $ 330 million deal. Cabrera hit the next batsman, Didi Gregorius, with a fastball of 150 km / h. Phillies manager Joe Girardi came out of the dugout to argue with record referee Chris Segal and was thrown out. McCutchen followed with his RBI single. The Phillies added their final run in the seventh with a sacrificial flight from Gregorius. Brad Miller’s homer from two runs on the right with two outs in the fifth run brought it to 3. Phillies backup catcher Andrew Knapp had an RBI single that Gregorius scored in the second for the first run in Philadelphia. Paul Goldschmidt hit a solo homer with two outs in the third. St. Louis took a 2-1 lead in the second game when Tyler O’Neill, who went 3-4, hit a homer with two runs. Brandon Kintzler (1-0) threw 1 2/3 innings to bring the win to relief. Hector Neris threw the ninth and took his fifth save. Cardinal starter Johan Oviedo made his first start of the season and his second appearance. He threw five innings, hit seven, and allowed three hits and three runs. The Phillies gave Vince Velasquez his second start to the season, standing up for Matt Moore, who is recovering under the COVID-19 protocol. He threw 4 1/3 innings and allowed three runs with five hits, including two home runs. LUCKY NO. 7 Oviedo, who started the second game of his career with three different doubles, was the seventh cardinal to start this season. That ties St. Louis with five teams – Arizona, Atlanta, Miami, Pittsburgh and San Diego – for most of the NL. ROSTER MOVE The Cardinals chose Scott Hurst as an alternative training venue to make room for Oviedo. Hurst is likely to play for Triple-A Memphis when the minor league season kicks off next week. DAY OFF Girardi gave 3B Alec Bohm and C JT Realmuto the day off. About Bohm: “He was fighting so I thought he could just use the day.” About Realmuto: “I mean, he played five days in a row so I felt like it was time to give him a day.” Realmuto pinch hit the sixth and dirty. Böhm delivered a pinch double in the seventh, scored and stayed in the game. Böhm’s parents were present. COACH ROOM Phillies: McCutchen was back on the line-up after being held in St. Louis for the first two games of the series. He was moved to fifth in batting order after being the leadoff hitter on his last 18 starts. “It’s been a difficult start for him,” said Girardi. “We want to make it work. With the lineup, I just had to do it that way. “McCutchen came into play and hit .154. Cardinals: Backup C Ali Sánchez, 24, got up because Yadier Molina (foot) went to the IL. He was taken over by the Cardinals in February from the New York Mets for financial reasons. “It’s good to actually be on the team. It’s great, ”said Sánchez, who came from the alternative training location. UP NEXT Phillies: RHP Aaron Nola (2-1, 2.84) threw a two-hit shutout on his earlier start to the season against St. Louis and scored seven solid innings on his last start, a 7-5 win over Colorado. He is 5-2 in his career against St. Louis. Cardinals: LHP Kwang Hyun Kim (1-0, 4:15) starts the season for the third time. On his last start, Kim threw 5 2/3 innings, allowing a run with five hits and eight strikeouts against Cincinnati. He didn’t go a punch. ___ More AP MLB: and Warren Mayes, The Associated Press


Janet Smith