Blanton hurls strong outing against Cardinals

Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and
Raul Ibanez (rah-OOL' ih-BAHN'-yehz) all hit two-run home runs to
lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 9-2 win over the St. Louis
Joe Blanton (7-4) had another effective outing, allowing two
runs and he struck out six over eight innings. Blanton has allowed
two runs or less and pitched at least seven innings in five of his
last six starts for the NL East leaders.
Howard had three RBIs to lift the Phillies to their 17th win in
20 games.
Mark DeRosa hit a solo homer for the Cardinals, who dropped two
of three in a matchup of division leaders and fell a half-game
behind Chicago in the NL Central.