(BaseballStL) – The San Francisco Giants were given a gift run in the eighth inning after a Cardinals’ error allowed the runner, who had been held up at third base, to score easily and tie the game at four. They got two more runs in the inning and that's all they would need as the Cards fell 6-4.
A throw in from Peter Bourjos from center got past Allen Craig, Yadier Molina and Carlos Martinez giving the Giants the tying run. The error was charged to Bourjos, but Martinez failed to back-up the play and instead appeared to screen Molina as the throw came all the way into home.
The Redbirds did make it interesting in the ninth with two outs, Matt Carpenter singled home Jon Jay to cut the Giants lead to one. But it wouldn't be enough as Shane Robinson couldn't come up with the big hit.
The long ball had hurt Jaime Garcia, giving up two homers, one in the second and another in the sixth.
Pablo Sandoval’s eighth homer of the season tied the game at three heading into the bottom of the sixth. But Allen Craig picked up his starter by returning the favor to hit his sixth homer just over the right center wall to put the Cardinals up 4-3.
Bourjos legged out an infield single using his lightning fast speed in the fifth. Then on a sacrifice bunt from Jaime Garcia, Bourjos flashed more speed going first to third on the play, but the Cardinals were unable to capitalize on the center fielder’s base running.
The Cardinals tied the game in the fourth.
Matt Holliday singled to Hunter Pence in right, he has reached base safely for the 25th straight home game, which was followed by a free passes to Craig and Molina.
However, Jhonny Peralta earned a pretty pitiful RBI, grounding into a double play to score Holliday from third.
The Redbirds struck first Thursday night against the on a long line drive just inside the right field line from Craig to score Carpenter.
Carpenter might not have scored had the ball not gone over the wall for a ground-rule double as he missed touching third base.
The run came after a quick one-two-three 9-pitch first inning, Garcia set the Giants down with three ground-ball outs.
But Garcia wasn’t able to get out of the second cleanly and hold onto that lead, giving up a solo shot to Michael Morse. He then gave up an RBI single to left fielder Gregor Blanco to make it 2-1 Giants.