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Garcia’s Quality Start Not Enough to Beat the Giants

Jaime Garcia allowed just 3 runs and 5 hits over 7 innings in his 3rd start coming off the disabled list and Allen Craig went 2-3 with a home run and a double. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough as Michael Morse and the Giants took a back and forth game from the Cardinals 6-5.

Cardinals' Pitcher Jaime Garcia
Cardinals’ Pitcher Jaime Garcia

The Cardinals drew first blood in the 1st inning when Craig singled in Matt Carpenter from second base, but were just 3-10 with runners in scoring position for the game and left 6 men on base. Even the Cardinals runs came the hard way, Jhonny Peralta grounded into a 5-4-3 double play with no outs and the bases loaded.  Jon Jay then promptly singled in Craig, only to get thrown out at second trying to stretch his hit into a double.

After mustering up 7 hits and scoring 4 runs off Ryan Vogelsong over 6 ⅓ innings, the Cardinals couldn’t touch the San Francisco bullpen before making it a one run game off of Sergio Romo in the 9th inning, but by then it was too little too late.

Morse was the driving force behind the Giants’ 6 runs; he hit a solo home run in the 2nd inning and then hit the go ahead double that put the Giants up 6-4 in the top of the 8th, finishing with 3 RBIs.  Pablo Sandoval also went 1-3 with a walk and an RBI, extending his streak of games with an RBI to 9. His solo shot in the 6th inning was his 8th home run of the season.

Down 4-3, the Giants rallied in the 8th, scoring 3 runs off of Carlos Martinez, and putting them up 6-4 allowing their bullpen to take care of the rest.  The Giants bullpen was shut down the Cardinal hitters and didn’t allow a rally until Giant closer Sergio Romo walked the tying run in the bottom of the 9th, before getting pinch hitter Shane Robinson to pop out to third.

With the loss, the Cardinals (29-25) fall 3 games behind NL Central leading Milwaukee (32-22), with two games left in the series against NL best San Francisco (35-19).  Adam Wainwright (8-2) will take the mound tomorrow night at Busch Stadium against Madison Bumgarner (6-3) as the Cards look to knot the series at 1 a piece.

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