Philadelphia Phillies defeat St. Louis Cardinals, 7-2

PHILADELPHIA — To their credit, the Cardinals declined last weekend's invitation to describe the approaching four days in Philadelphia as a "statement" series against the two-time defending NL champion Phillies.

On a breezy Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies polished off the frustrated Cardinals behind ace Roy Halladay (6-1) and an early scoring spurt against Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse. The 7-2 bruising gave the Redbirds their first three-...