The Bottom Line

– The Cardinals (60-50) lost to the San Francisco Giants (60-50) by a score of 4-2 on Tuesday night, keeping them at six games behind the division-leading Cincinnati Reds

Lance Lynn (12-5) allowed four runs and eight hits over six innings while walking three and striking out six.

Buster Posey hit a three-run home run in the first inning to give the Giants a 3-0 lead, one that the Cards could never recover from.

Allen Craig, who went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIS, hit two solo home runs to put his total at 17 for the season.

Barry Zito (9-8) was impressive, tossing 6.2 innings and just allowed two solo home runs and eight hits.

This game could have been a lot worse, as Jon Jay made an outstanding over-the-shoulder catch in the fourth inning which prevented a couple of runs from scoring. Listen, we all know what the problem is. The Cardinals had multiple runners on base in the first, fourth, and sixth innings and they just couldn’t capitalize. Overall, the team went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position and left seven runners on base. And though Lynn pitched reasonably well, or at least better than his box score showed, his only real big mistake was the Posey three-run home run. But for tonight, that just one mistake too many.

The bullpen actually did its job tonight, getting scoreless innings from Fernando Salas and Barret Browning, but it was of no avail as the Cards still lost. In some good news, the Pittsburgh Pirates lost on Tuesday night as well, so the Cardinals did not lose any ground in the division.

What’s Next: The Cardinals try to get revenge against the Giants on Wednesday night in game three of this four game series. First pitch is at 7:15 CST and can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest, where Ryan Vogelsong will face off against Joe Kelly. All of your pre and post game coverage can be found on CardsBlog.