ST. LOUIS -- Infielder Freddy Galvis turned in one of the top defensive plays of the season on Wednesday. Playing shortstop, he made a running over-the-shoulder catch of a looper into short left field in the eighth inning of a 4-1 win over Washington. Galvis was sprinting at full speed with his back to the infield when he made the grab.

The play earned Galvis acclaim as one of the top web gems of the night.

"I tried to run really fast where I thought the ball might go," Galvis said. "I was tracking it, and then I just threw up my glove and it fell in there."

Galvis, who has replaced the injured Chase Utley at second base, started at shortstop on Wednesday, his natural position.

"To make a play for [pitcher Cole Hamels], that made me feel good," he said. "I'm just trying to help the pitchers."

Galvis has started 33 games at second and four at shortstop. He was forced to make the switch to second after the Utley injury and is finally starting to feel at home. The 22-year-old had made just one error in 186 chances heading into Thursday and was back at second base.

"I think I'm contributing so far," the soft-spoken Galvis said. "I feel good about what I'm doing."

Galvis, who made his debut on Opening Day, has appeared in all of the Phillies' 45 games this season. He is hitting .238 but has displayed some power, with three homers and 19 RBIs.

Ruiz shakes off foul tip, starts St. Louis opener

ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Ruiz was in the starting lineup on Thursday, when the Philadelphia Phillies opened a four-game series in St. Louis.

One of the top defensive catchers in the National League, Ruiz took a foul tip off his right wrist in the eighth inning of a 4-1 win over Washington on Wednesday.

Ruiz stayed in the game, and X-rays after the contest were negative. He iced down the hand on the flight to St. Louis and said he was ready to go.

"It hurt at first," he recalled. "It's getting better. It's good enough."

Manager Charlie Manuel says he trusts Ruiz's judgment.

"He got hit pretty bad," Manuel said. "[But] he came to me and said he's OK. We'll see."

Ruiz hit out of the cleanup spot in the batting order for the first time in his career on Wednesday and batted out of the No. 4 hole again Thursday.

Although he doesn't possess the power stats of a normal cleanup hitter, Ruiz enjoyed hitting out of a different spot in the lineup.

"It was fun," he said. "I do whatever Charlie wants."

Ruiz entered Thursday's game third in the NL with a .357 average. He led all NL catchers in home runs (seven), RBIs (29) and total bases (75). He hit only six home runs all of last season. Ruiz has thrown out 10 of 30 would-be basestealers.

Rollins returns to lineup after birth of first child

ST. LOUIS -- Jimmy Rollins rejoined the team Thursday after missing three games due to the birth of his first child.

Rollins, who was back at shortstop and leading off, was one of the first players to arrive at Busch Stadium on Thursday and took extra batting practice early in the afternoon.

Camryn Drew Rollins was born late Sunday. She is the first child for Rollins and his wife, Johari. Rollins was not with the team for its three-game series with Washington.

Rollins was somewhat overwhelmed by his first 72 hours of fatherhood.

"No baby talk," he said before the game.

Rollins, who went through a 2-for-29 slump in April, has moved his average to .229. The Phillies are 12-5 when he has scored at least one run this season.

Worth noting

• The Philadelphia bullpen has posted a 1.23 ERA and held opponents to a .140 batting average with 20 strikeouts and one walk over the last six games. The group had a season-high 12 2/3-inning scoreless string snapped on Wednesday. In the last nine innings, the bullpen has allowed just four batters to reach safely. Antonio Bastardo has not allowed a run in his last 11 appearances, covering 9 1/3 innings. Closer Jonathan Papelbon has 12 saves in as many chances.

• Philadelphia has swiped 35 bases in 42 attempts to top the Majors with an 83.3 success rate. Shane Victorino leads the way with 13. Rollins has nine and Juan Pierre six.

• The Phillies have made just 24 errors in 1,712 chances heading into play on Thursday, tied for the fewest in the NL along with St. Louis and Atlanta.