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Cards Win Opener, Defeat Giants 6-2

The Bottom Line

— The Cardinals (60-49) defeated the San Francisco Giants (59-50) on Monday night by a score of 6-2 and moved to their high watermark of the season at 11 games over .500

Jake Westbrook gave up two earned runs and eight hits over six innings, while walking none and striking out four. Both runs were solo home runs, one by Angel Pagan and one by Buster Posey.

Carlos Beltran hit a solo home run in the second inning to tie the score at 1-1. Beltran went 1-for-3 and is now at .286 on the season with 78 RBIs.

Rafael Furcal, only starting for the third time in the last nine games, hit an RBI single in the second inning to give the Cards a 2-1 lead, one they never relinquished.

Jon Jay blew the game open in the eighth inning after hitting a 2 RBI single. He finished the night 4-for-4, matching his career high, with one run scored. Jay is now batting at .296

Edward Mujica threw another scoreless inning and has yet to allow an earned run in a Cardinals uniform, and Fernando Salas threw a scoreless eighth.

Well there’s not much to say about this one. Obviously the hitting, the pitching, and the defense were all in sync during this one. The play that will get lost in tonight’s victory is Carlos Beltran’s outfield assist in the second inning when he threw out Brandon Belt who was trying to stretch his base hit into a double. Great defense gets undervalued quite often, and it can be not said enough that Beltran’s tremendous range and arm have helped out this team significantly this season.

What’s Next: The Cardinals continue their series with the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night at 7:15 CST where Lance Lynn (12-4) will oppose Barry Zito (8-8). The game can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest, and you can find pre and post game info on CardsBlog.