Cardinals beat Giants 8-0 behind rookie Miller -

Cardinals beat Giants 8-0 behind rookie Miller

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Rookie Shelby Miller pitched seven shutout innings and backup catcher Tony Cruz hit two doubles and drove in a pair of runs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to an 8-0 victory Saturday over the San Francisco Giants.

It was the first game of a split doubleheader after being postponed from Friday. The Giants and Cardinals played a doubleheader in St. Louis for the first time since July 16, 1978.

Miller (6-3) scattered six hits, stranding seven runners. His ERA dropped to 1.82. Miller struck out seven with one walk.

Matt Cain (4-3) allowed seven runs in six innings, falling to 0-3 at Busch Stadium with an 8.87 ERA in four starts.

All the damage done to Cain came in the third, when he threw 40 pitches. In the other five innings he pitched, Cain set the Cardinals down in order. He threw 101 pitches, striking out nine with no walks.

The Cardinals had seven runs on nine hits - seven singles and two doubles - in the third when St. Louis sent 12 men to the plate. Cruz, starting at catcher instead of Yadier Molina, smacked a two-run double. Daniel Descalso hit a double and a single while Pete Kozma had two singles in the outburst.

Matt Carpenter, John Jay, Allen Craig, Matt Adams and Descalso each had RBI singles.

This was the second time this season St. Louis torched Cain. On April 7 in San Francisco, Cain gave up a career-worst nine runs in the fourth inning. The Cardinals sent 13 batters to the plate that inning, with eight hits, two walks and a hit batsman in what became a 14-3 St. Louis victory.

Descalso got his second RBI on a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Cardinals rookie Keith Butler, who was called up Thursday from Triple-A Memphis, made his debut in the ninth. He is the 10th rookie to debut for St. Louis this season. He gave up a hit and a walk and struck out one in a scoreless inning.

Brandon Crawford had three singles for the Giants.

NOTES: This was the first time the Giants and Cardinals played a doubleheader since April 9, 1994, when the teams met at Candlestick Park and split. ... St. Louis is undefeated in its last 10 series, going 8-0-2. ... The Giants have lost six of their last nine games and 11 of their last 17. ... San Francisco has lost its last six road games and eight of its last nine.


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