(BaseballStL) – The San Francisco Giants wasted no time threatening and then breaking Adam Wainwright’s 20 inning scoreless streak. The Giants then broke the game open to a 9-0 lead in the seventh and the Cardinals couldn't find enough runs to comeback.
Angel Pagan, the first batter of the game, threw his bat at a ball from Wainwright and ended up with a double off the left field stands. He then advanced to third on a fly ball out.
Wainwright got a ground ball out, but Thursday night’s hero, Michael Morse, hit a soft liner to center that Peter Bourjos couldn’t come up with and the Giants scored first.
The Redbirds’ ace ran into more trouble in the second after getting the first two batters out, but he walked the next batter and then gave up a single to Giants’ pitcher Madison Bumgarner. Pagan stroked an RBI single.
Then with runners on first and second Hunter Pence blasted a curveball over the left field walk to break the game open to 5-0.
The Redbirds loaded the bases in the eighth after Kolten Wong was hit by a pitch followed by back to back walks Daniel Descalso and Grichuk. Then Jon Jay finally put the Cardinals on the board with a bases clearing double to put the score a 9-3. Allen Craig gave the Cards another run, scoring Jay.
Matt Carpenter scorched a two out double down the left field line in the third, his 13th double of the season, but the Cardinals couldn’t muster up any runs.
The fourth inning began with a six-pitch walk, then the Giants committed an error on the ground ball hit by Allen Craig to give the Cardinals runners on first and second with no outs.
Yadier Molina then hit a long fly ball that was caught by Pence, but Holliday was able to move up a base. The potential rally was shut down before it caused any damage as Jhonny Peralta grounded into a tailor made double play.
Wainwright’s night ended with his shortest outing of the season, going just 4.1 innings giving up 5 earned runs and striking out just 4, and runners on second and third.
Seth Maness came in relief, getting one out, but he was unable to keep the Giants off the scoreboard as they pushed two more runs across the plate.
The seventh was no better for the Cardinals defense as Grichuk miss-timed a fly ball that gave Pablo Sandoval a double and sending Pence to third. The Giants scored two in the inning to make the score 9-0.