Phillies Play Cardinals Tonight in St. Louis

August 1, 2008 11:26:53 AM PDT
The Phillies and Cardinals were quiet on Thursday afternoon, letting baseball's non-waiver trading deadline pass without making a blockbuster move. They're hoping they won't need any help.

Philadelphia is back in the lead in the NL East and will try for a season-high sixth straight win tonight when the Phils open a three-game set at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The Cards go into the game tied for the wild-card lead.

Philadelphia has won five in a row to take a one-game lead over the Mets and 1 1/2-game advantage over the Florida Marlins in the East.

The Phillies have scored 40 runs during their winning streak, which reached five on Thursday with an 8-4 victory at Washington.

St. Louis won three straight in Atlanta but lost 9-4 to the Braves last night.