Cardinals win not in the cards for the Giants

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San Francisco Giants’ Cody Ross loses the grip on his bat as he swings at a pitch by the St. Louis Cardinals
in the second inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 31, 2011 in, St. Louis.The bat flew into the stands
injuring the hand of a fan
Photo By Tom Gannam

Jon Jay and Albert Pujols hit back-to-back doubles and two batters later Allen Craig doubled as the St. Louis Cardinals scored three runs in the 8th inning to come from behind and beat the San Francisco Giants 4-3 Tuesday at Busch Stadium.

The Giants bullpen wasted another strong effort by starter Ryan Vogelsong, who went 5 innings and allowed just one run on six hits and two walks. Vogelsong lowered his ERA to 1.77, but he did not get the win.

Jeremy Affeldt tossed two perfect innings in the 6th and 7th and was relieved by the usually-steady Sergio Romo. But Romo couldn’t get an out as Jay and Pujols touched him for the two-baggers. Javier Lopez relieved Romo and got Lance Berkman to ground out but then allowed a double to Allen and a single to Skip Schumacher and just like that Vogelsong’s win was erased.

Rookie Brandon Crawford went 2-for-4 with a run scored and Cody Ross also had two hits and an RBI for the Giants.

Chris Carpenter lasted five innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. He also struck out eight batters in his eighth career start against the Giants.

Notes:

•Vogelsong helped himself at the plate with an RBI ground out. That’s five ribbies on the season — the same amount Pat Burrell has in his last 31 games.

•Cards’ outfielder Matt Holliday was a late scratch for St. Louis. Craig played left field instead. Holliday did pinch hit for Carpenter in the 5th inning, but Vogelsong struck him out on three pitches.

•Aaron Rowand (sore hip) said he’s still a little sore. He pinch hit for Affeldt in the 8th inning and struck out.•Aubrey Huff, who has just six hits in his last 35 at bats (.171) was given the night off while Brandon Belt started at first base (he popped out to first base in a pinch hit appearance in the 6th inning). Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Huff needed a mental break. Asked if he’s been over thinking things, Huff said, “Oh Christ, of course.” Bochy says he may give Huff more than one day off.

•Belt was hit by a pitch in the 7th inning and left the game in the 9th. He had precautionary x-rays taken on his left wrist after the game. It’s being called a bruise for now.

•Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval was excited after taking batting practice on the field for the first time in a month. He said there’s no pain in the surgery area, just some tightness with the tendons. Bochy liked how Sandoval was driving the ball in BP. The Kung Fu Panda will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Fresno this weekend.

GAME SUMMARYFinal score: STL 4, SF 3
Winning pitcher: Franklin (1-3)
Losing pitcher: Lopez (2-1)
Save: Salas (10)
Game ball: Pujols (2-for-3, R, RBI, 2B)
Top play: Pujols’ RBI double in the 8th inning
Giant homers: none
Giants’ record: 29-25, 2nd place, 1 game behind [full standings]
Streak: Lost 1
Next up: SF at STL, Wednesday, 5:15 p.m. PDT
TV/Radio/Web: CSN Bay Area, KNBR 680 AM, sfgiants.com
Starters: Tim Lincecum (5-4, 2.22) vs. Jake Westbrook (5-3, 5.19)
Venue: Busch Stadium

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