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ST. LOUIS -- As far as Ryan Howard is concerned, there is no place like home. Howard, a St. Louis native, homered and drove in three runs and rookie David Buchanan pitched into the eighth inning Thursday night, sparking the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Howard has hit safely in 22 of 27 regular season games at Busch Stadium. He has 38 RBIs in St. Louis and a .374 batting average. It was Howards first time playing in his hometown since 2011. Injuries caused him to miss chances in 2012 and 2013. "Its always good to be able to come back home and play in front of family and friends," Howard said. "Its a very familiar feeling. Its always good to be back." Howard also has been hot on the road. In his last 15 games away from Philadelphia, he is hitting .350 with three homers and 14 RBIs. "Hes on a good roll for us," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "Hes played big in the last four wins, putting a crooked number of there and swinging a good bat." Buchanan (3-3) made his deepest start yet, pitching 7 2-3 innings. He threw 105 pitches and kept the Cardinals off balance and off the scoreboard until the eighth. Buchanan allowed four hits and a walk while striking out four. Not wearing out the bullpen is important to Buchanan. "Ive been wanting to go deep into the ballgame to help the team out, not always have the bullpen get nervous when I come into games," Buchanan said. "Overall, I had great plays made behind me. It was fun. Great run support. So, it was a good game. It was fun. Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth to pick up 17th save in 19 opportunities. Shelby Miller (7-6) gave up seven hits and three walks in 6 2-3 innings. Miller has thrown six innings or more in his last four starts. Philadelphia touched Miller for two runs in the fourth. Carlos Ruiz doubled and Chase Utley singled to lead off the inning. Howard singled home Ruiz and Utley scored on Domonic Browns sacrifice fly. Howards homer in the sixth -- his 10th career homer at Busch Stadium -- came after Utley led off with a single. Howard went to the opposite field and his ball just flew inside the left field foul pole. It was his 14th this season and 325th of his career. It gave the Phillies a 4-0 lead. "I wasnt sure if the ball was going to stay fair or not," Howard said. "Off the bat, it started to kind of slice. I wasnt sure if it was going to go out. I was a little surprised, but Im not mad at it." Miller was surprised to see it slip over the fence. "It was a little bit in," Miller said of the pitch. "I didnt think he got it all. He hit it in the right spot. The ball was in his numbers. Hes just a good hitter." The Cardinals had runners at first and third with one out in the second inning but Buchanan pitched out the jam and then again in the sixth when Miller doubled to lead off. Four of Millers five hits this season have been doubles. "He rose to the occasion and I think he has that kind of makeup and that kind of character," Sandberg said. "He seems to be showing improvement. It looks like hes growing out there. "For him to go four times through the lineup, that says something about the stuff that he had. Him having to make adjustments the third and fourth time through, that was very good." St. Louis chased Buchanan in the eighth on a two-out single by Matt Carpenter that scored Jhonny Peralta. "I was upset there with the leadoff walk in the eighth," Buchanan said. "I was really wanting to get through that. But that happens." The rookies performance impressed St. Louis manager Mike Matheny. "He had good stuff," Matheny said. "There were not a lot of surprises. He had stuff that we couldnt get on tonight." Third baseman Reid Brignac was hurt on a play at first in the fifth. Matt Adams dived to nab the ball behind the base. Adams flipped it to Miller, who slid into the base for the out. Brignac extended his left foot and jammed it into the base. Brignac lay on the ground before being helped off the field with a noticeable limp. The club said Brignac sprained his ankle and will be re-evaluated Friday. NOTES: The Cardinals said P Michael Wacha will miss Sundays start in the series finale with the Phillies. Wacha has thrown 90 1-3 innings this season. Reliever Carlos Martinez, who started Monday against the New York Mets and threw 59 pitches, will take Wachas place. ... St. Louis P Joe Kelly, who has been on the disabled list with a hamstring injury since the middle of April, threw a bullpen session before the game. No date has been set for a rehab start. ... Cardinals P Tyler Lyons was activated Thursday from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Memphis. Lyons went on the DL on May 13 with a shoulder strain. ... 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Philadelphias final tilt before the break came last Tuesday when it kicked off a five-game homestand with a 3-2 overtime win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Claude Giroux, who along with NHL leading scorer Jakub Voracek represented the Flyers at All-Star weekend, scored the winning goal against the Pens with 1:03 remaining in the extra session. Girouxs marker ended a spirited battle which featured several fights and saw the Pennsylvania rivals combine for a total of 93 penalty minutes. Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo also was ejected from the game after taking a vicious boarding penalty against Kris Letang. On Monday, the league handed Rinaldo an eight-game suspension for the hit. Forward Ryan White was recalled from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL to take Rinaldos roster spot. Chris VandeVelde and Luke Schenn also scored for the Flyers, while Ray Emery stopped 33 shots in the win, which pushed Philly to 12-7-3 as the host. Pitt brings out that in all of us, said Philadelphia head coach Craig Berube. You know there was a lot of emotion in the game, a lot of physical play. Guys were battling for each other, and we played a real good hockey game. Berube hopes his squad can dial up the intensity tonight against a non- conference opponent. The Flyers enter todays action 12 points out of a playoff spot in the East and really need to pick up the pace down the stretch to avoid missing the playoffs for the second time in three seasons. Flyers No. 1 goaltender Steve Mason is nearing a return from a llower-body injury, and although he is not expected to start tonight, the plan is for Mason, who has sat out the last six games, to serve as the backup to Emery.dddddddddddd Voracek is leading the NHL with 56 points in 48 games. He showed no signs of slowing down at the All-Star Game, recording three goals and three assists for Team Toews in its 17-12 victory. The six points tied former Pittsburgh great Mario Lemieuxs All-Star record. The Coyotes will aim for their first win in over two weeks tonight when they continue a road trip that began before the hiatus. Arizona lost six straight (0-5-1) before the All-Star break and it sits 16 points out of a playoff spot in the West. Arizona, which hasnt tasted victory since beating the visiting Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 8, is 0-2-1 at the start of an eight-game swing. The Coyotes last game before the break resulted in a 6-1 loss to Chicago, which unleashed 51 shots on Arizona. Mike Smith made 45 saves in the blowout loss, while Lucas Lessio provided all of Arizonas offense with his first career goal. We started out okay, but then they got that first goal and everything fell apart, said Arizona head coach Dave Tippett. Weve got to come up with some kind of plan, because this is unacceptable. The setback dropped the Coyotes to 7-13-2 on the road this season. Arizona has lost four in a row as the guest since last winning away from the desert against the Edmonton Oilers on Dec. 23. Smith is expected to start tonight and owns a 4-7-1 record and 3.80 goals against average in his career against Philadelphia. Arizona recorded a 4-2 home win over the Flyers on Dec. 29. Devan Dubnyk, who has since been traded to Minnesota, picked up the win for the Coyotes with 30 saves, while Antoine Vermette led the Arizona offense with two goals and an assist. The Coyotes have taken two of three overall in this series and own a 3-1-1 mark in their last five trips to Philly. NFL Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Discount Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Jerseys NFL China NFL Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '