PHILADELPHIA (AP) — After making one of two costly errors that contributed to the Phillies' latest loss, Domonic Brown said regular playing time would help.
"I mean, I'm not out there every day, so it's kind of tough coming off the bench," Brown said. "I'm doing the best I can out there."
Matt Carpenter hit a sacrifice fly in the 12th inning, lifting the St. Louis Cardinals over Philadelphia 6-5 on Saturday night.
Jhonny Peralta homered for the Cardinals, who have won eight of 10 and closed within a half-game of NL Central-leading Milwaukee.
Ryan Howard homered and Marlon Byrd and Carlos Ruiz each drove in a pair of runs for the last-place Phillies.
Pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso drew a leadoff walk in the 12th from Ken Giles (2-1). Descalso went to second on Jon Jay's sacrifice bunt and moved to third on Peter Bourjos' infield single. Carpenter then flied out to deep left.
A pair of Phillies errors helped the Cardinals break a 2-all tie and go in front in the sixth with three runs off reliever Mario Hollands.
"Not a good defensive inning for us," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.
After A.J. Pierzynski led off with a double, Oscar Taveras hit a sinking liner to left field. Brown appeared to pull up on a catchable ball and Pierzynski took off for third when Brown hesitated to throw back to the infield. Brown then threw the ball away, allowing Pierzynski to score.
"Once the ball was caught I think he was focused on the ball and was not aware of where the baserunners were," Sandberg said.
It's been a trying season for Brown, who was an All-Star in 2013 but has slumped at the plate and in the field this year.
The Phillies signed Grady Sizemore last month to bolster left field, cutting into Brown's playing time.
Sandberg replaced Brown in the seventh with Sizemore as part of a double-switch.
"Usually if a play like that happens, I'm going to be taken out, but that's a part of the game," Brown said.
Third baseman Cody Asche compounded Philadelphia's problems by fielding Shelby Miller's bunt that looked like it was going to roll foul and then throwing the ball away. Two runs scored, giving St. Louis a 5-2 lead.
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