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Friday, June 20 (All times Eastern)

Philadelphia Phillies (33-38) at St. Louis Cardinals (39-34), 8:15 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Philadelphia - A.J. Burnett (4-6, 4.17) St. Louis - Jamie Garcia (3-0, 3.72)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Phillies will try to extend their longest winning streak of the season on Friday evening when they resume a four-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Phillies picked up their fourth straight victory by winning last night's opener, 4-1, with Ryan Howard keying the offense with a two-run homer and an RBI single.

David Buchanan, meanwhile, turned in the best outing of his young career by giving up just one run on four hits and a walk in 7 2/3 frames of work.

"He rose to the occasion and I think he has that kind of makeup and that kind of character," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said of Buchanan.

Philadelphia has won eight of its last 10, moving to within five games of .500.

Matt Carpenter drove in a run while Shelby Miller was touched for all four runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings as the Cardinals lost their second straight on the heels of winning five in a row.

"I felt good but at the same time I didn't make the best pitches at some points. I left the ball over the middle at times," Miller said.

Cardinals left-hander Jamie Garcia has felt good as of late and he goes for a third straight winning start this evening.

Garcia has given up just one run, eight hits and walked five over 14 innings of his two-game win streak, improving to 3-0 with a 3.72 earned run average in six starts on the year.

The 27-year-old also has kept the ball in the park as of late, yielding zero homers over his last two starts after giving up five in his first four outings.

Garcia is 2-3 with a 2.77 ERA in eight meetings (6 starts) with the Phillies, who counter with veteran A.J. Burnett.

Burnett has lost three of his past four decisions, but was able to give Philadelphia eight innings of work against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. However, he got no run support in a 3-0 setback, giving up all three runs and falling to 4-6 on the year with a 4.17 ERA.

"I've got to go out there and try to get outs," said Burnett. "I can't worry about (lack of run support)."

The 37-year-old righty is 8-6 in 17 career starts against the Cardinals with a 4.11 ERA.

Phillies third baseman Reid Brignac left Thursday's opener with an ankle injury suffered in the fifth inning and his status is unknown, but the club had already expected to active former starter at third base Cody Asche, who hit .258 with four homers in 40 games before suffering a strained left hamstring on May 22.

The Phillies were swept in three games last season in their lone trip to St. Louis, outscored 18-5.

06/20 10:29:04 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NCCU 108
BASC 52
 
Final
CHA 106
PHO 111
 
Final
NCSU 83
TENN 72
 
Final
CLE 98
ATL 127
Final
CHA 106
PHO 111
 
4th
DET 80
DAL 94
 
4th
BOS 95
ORL 86
 
4th
MIA 59
UTA 77
 
3rd
TOR 58
BRK 60
 
2nd
SAN 35
MEM 48
 
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DEN
HOU
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LAC
IND
Final
UNT 78
LANG 65
 
Final
Terriers 64
DELST 72
 
Final
MSST 55
ARKST 69
 
Final
NCCU 108
BASC 52
 
Final
GMAS 99
CATAWBA 69
 
Final
WOFF 64
CSOU 58
 
Final
HIGH 106
FERR 48
 
Final
JVU 68
GWEBB 65
 
Final
ILL 73
HAMP 55
 
Final
BST 52
JMU 72
 
Final
YOUNG 84
KNST 90
 
Final
UMO 71
LONG 60
 
Final
PITT 65
MAN 56
Final
OSU 97
NCAT 55
Final
FSU 93
UNF 77
 
Final
TOL 83
RMU 57
 
Final
CAMP 70
SIUE 65
 
Final
DUQ 52
RFLSH 67
 
Final
NCSU 83
TENN 72
 
2nd
UCF 73
DET 68
 
2nd
UNCW 57
LIB 53
 
2nd
LOYC 55
ABCHRIST 37
 
2nd
MURST 65
ALCOR 39
 
Half
HOU 16
ARKPB 27
 
2nd
NW 50
CMICH 59
 
2nd
WKENT 54
CHIST 43
 
2nd
ODU 42
UGST 44
 
2nd
SMU 41
ILLCH 32
 
2nd
LALAF 97
MLGN 62
 
2nd
TULSA 58
MIZST 55
 
2nd
UWGB 45
MORE 31
 
2nd
NEOM 67
NCOL 49
 
2nd
TTU 71
SCST 28
 
2nd
DEN 51
TAMCC 39
 
Half
STEPH 27
TXST 30
 
2nd
STLU 49
TXPA 41
 
Half
MEM 42
USCU 29
 
2nd
ILLST 41
TENNM 42
 
1st
MSU 17
EMICH 10
 
1st
GRCN 27
INCWORD 23
 
1st
STAN 15
LMU 24
 
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BAY 16
NMST 16
 
1st
CIN 10
SDST 16
 
1st
AUB 21
WINT 9
 
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CARK
 
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HOW
 
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CPSL
NE
 
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UNLV
PORT
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CSNO
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WASH
GRAM
3rd
NJD 0
OTT 1
 
2nd
MIN 1
BOS 2
 
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DAL