Game Log: Cardinals ride big offense to 7-2 win over Giants

Game Log: Cardinals ride big offense to 7-2 win over Giants

Game Log: Cardinals ride big offense to 7-2 win over Giants

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by JJ Bailey / BaseballStL | @TheJJBailey

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Posted on July 3, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 3 at 5:00 PM

(BaseballStL) — After a ruthlessly efficient second inning from Maness, Jason Motte came on to close out affairs. 

The former closer recorded a 1-2-3 inning, getting two strikeouts and a pop up to shut the door and move the Cardinals to 46-40. 

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Things went from bad to worse for the Giants in the eighth, but they escaped with no damage done. 

After Seth Maness singled and Matt Carpenter doubled, Holliday struck out before San Fran walked Matt Adams intentionally. 

With the bases loaded and one out, Jhonny Peralta flew out to left. Tagging on the play, Maness was gunned down at home by a perfect throw, ending the possible disaster without a run. 

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Once again responding to a San Francisco charge, the Cardinals came out swinging in the seventh. 

Matt Adams cracked the hit column with a double to right, and Peralta quickly followed with a single into left to put men on the corners. 

Yadier Molina struck out for the first out, before Oscar Taveras stood in. The young lefty hit a chopper to the mound, and reliever Yuseiro Petit had a chance to turn two. Instead, he threw the ball into center field, scoring Adams and putting two on without recording an out. 

Ellis followed with a strikeout as did Jay, ending the volley. 

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Sam Freeman came on in relief to handle the sixth inning, and got a quick out with an athletic play off the mound. 

A walk and two singles followed, giving the Giants a run and possible rally with one out. 

After a mound visit, Freeman settled in, striking out Gregor Polanco for the second out. Hector Sanchez stepped in as a pinch hitter, hoping to draw the Giants within three. 

On a 2-2 pitch, he grounded softly to short for the final out, with Freeman escaping the jam. 

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Sensing blood in the water, St. Louis attacked again in the sixth. Jon Jay followed a ground out by Ellis with a drag bunt single for his second hit. 

Shane Robinson, pinch hitting for Martinez, roped a ball down the line in right field. Jay flew around the bases and tore home, scoring when the relay was mishandled by Joe Panik. 

Robinson never stopped running, and when the dust cleared he was standing on third base with one out. 

Matt Carpenter again worked a long at bat, forcing a 3-2 count and fouling off a curveball before ultimately popping up to left. 

Holliday would drive a ball to the track in right, but Pence ran it down to strand Robinson on third. 

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Martinez survived a mighty test in the bottom of the fifth, when he battled through tight calls, infield singles and a bases-loaded jam to escape trouble. 

After a quick groundout, by Brandon Crawford, Gregor Blanco reached on a bunt single. Martinez dove to get the ball, but was unable to complete the play. The lunge seemed to knock the wind out of him, and he was down for several moments. 

Following a delay, pinch-hitter Joaquin Arias lined out for the second out. The inning looked to be wrapping up when Hunter Pence hit a grounder to short and was called safe on the throw. Mike Matheny challenged the call but it was upheld, putting two on with two outs. 

Martinez then issued a 3-2 walk to Joe Panik to load the bases and face the dangerous Buster Posey. 

After getting ahead 0-2, he threw two breaking balls out of the zone, moving the count even. Finally, he snapped off a sharp slider to get the strikeout and end the inning, holding a 5-1 lead. 

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St. Louis' bats are in a talking mood Thursday, and in the fourth they spoke again. 

Yadier Molina singled to center start things off, followed by a Taveras strikeout. Mark Ellis followed with a grounder that could have ended the inning, but stand-in first baseman Adam Duvall's throw sailed into the outfield to spare both Molina and Ellis, brining up Jon Jay. 

He wasted little time, slapping a double into left field to score Molina and putting men on second and third for pitcher Carlos Martinez. 

In a bit of one-upsmanship over Bumgarner, the 22-year-old Cardinal pitcher punched a single through the drawn-in infield to score both runners and give the Birds a 5-1 lead. 

Carpenter struck out with Martinez on first, and Holliday walked on a 3-2 count to put two on for Matt Adams.

The big lefty was unable to keep the train rolling, striking out to end the attack. 

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The Giants scratched one of their own in the third, when Gregor Blanco began the frame with a double into right. 

Madison Bumgarner drove in San Francisco's first run when he singled to left field, giving Blanco enough time to round third and score. 

Martinez handled the rest of the inning well, containing the damage and getting Buster Posey to ground out to close the action.

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Matt Carpenter continues to abuse the Giants, ripping a double to lead off the third. He is now 27-for-51 against San Fran in his career, and his extension of his hitting streak to eight games opened the door for another run. 

Unfortunately, the 2-3-4 hitters in the Cardinal lineup could only move him one station, stranding him on third when Peralta popped up to end the inning. 

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The Cardinal run support came early for Carlos Martinez Thursday as Birds picked up two in the first. 

Matt Carpenter began the game by drawing a 3-2 walk, then stayed put as Matt Holliday lined out to left and Matt Adams struck out to make it two down with a man on. 

Jhonny Peralta stepped in and hit a ball high in the air to left, giving Tyler Colvin trouble. The ball was up in the sun, but the only person who could catch hit bought a ticket, as the ball sailed over the wall to give the Cards a 2-0 lead.

It was Peralta’s 12th homer of the season.

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