Ryan Howard injures Achilles

Ryan Howard suffered an Achilles injury on the final at-bat of the Philadelphia Phillies' 1-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the fifth and deciding game of the National League Division Series on Friday in Philadelphia.

"I was trying to run, and I felt a pop," Howard told MLB.com. "It felt like the whole thing was on fire. It felt like I was on a flat tire. I tried to get up, but couldn't go."

Howard was 2 for 19 in the series. He grounded out to end the game and hurt himself while breaking out of the batter's box, crumpling to the ground before he was helped off the field by the training staff.

Howard grabbed his left ankle and went to the turf as the Cardinals celebrated behind him. He has a left Achilles injury and will know more about its severity after an MRI.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.