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St.  Louis, MO  (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Morse smacked a go-ahead two-run 
double  in  the top  of the eighth  inning and the  San Francisco Giants edged 
the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-5, in the opener of a four-game set. 

Morse also cracked a solo homer, while Pablo Sandoval also hit a solo shot and 
scored  a pair of  runs for the Giants, who have won seven of their last eight 
games. 

Javier  Lopez (1-0) notched  the win after recording the final two outs in the 
seventh. Sergio Romo allowed an RBI single to Matt Carpenter in the ninth, but 
induced a game-ending pop up off the bat of Shane Robinson with runners on the 
corners to earn his 17th save of the year. 

Allen  Craig belted a  solo homer among his two hits, two RBI and pair of runs 
scored for St. Louis, which has dropped three of its last four games. 

The Cardinals led 4-3 after seven innings before the Giants surged ahead with 
a trio of runs in the eighth. 

Gregor  Blanco  started the inning with  a single and after pinch-hitter Tyler 
Colvin  popped out,  Blanco stole second. Angel Pagan then singled into center 
and Blanco originally held up at third. Carlos Martinez (0-3) attempted to cut 
off  Peter Bourjos' throw  from center, but the ball glanced off his glove and 
then  darted  past catcher Yadier  Molina, allowing  Blanco to score the tying 
run. 

Cardinals  manager Mike Matheny said after the game that Martinez was supposed 
to be behind the catcher. 

"He was in the wrong spot and it ended up hurting," Matheny said. 

Hunter  Pence  grounded out to move  Pagan to third and Martinez intentionally 
walked  Sandoval to put runners on the corners with two away. Trevor Rosenthal 
came on and Morse whacked a double that split the gap in right center to plate 
Pagan and Sandoval to give San Francisco a 6-4 advantage. 

"He  can  do a  lot of damage,"  Giants starter Ryan  Vogelsong said of Morse. 
"He's been a big addition for us." 

Jean Machi tossed a 1-2-3 eighth. 

Earlier,  Craig's two-out  RBI ground-rule double in the home first opened the 
scoring  before  the Giants  went in  front by plating  a pair  of runs in the 
second. 

Morse  led off the  frame with a solo shot deep into the seats in left-center. 
Brandon  Hicks hit a  one-out single and moved to second on a Brandon Crawford 
groundout  and scored  when Blanco squirted a grounder through the hole on the 
right side to give the Giants a 2-1 edge. 

St. Louis went back in front following a two-run fourth. 

Matt Holliday singled to begin the inning and Craig and Molina worked back-to- 
back  walks to  load the bases. Holliday crossed the plate when Jhonny Peralta 
rolled  into  a double-play. Jon  Jay brought home Craig  with a base hit into 
right-center, which put the Cardinals in front 3-2. 

Sandoval  cracked a blast  over the wall in left-center to tie the game in the 
sixth,  but Craig's leadoff  shot into the front row of seats in the home half 
gave the Cardinals a 4-3 advantage. 

                                   Game Notes 

Vogelsong  surrendered four  runs on  seven hits  and three  walks over  6 1/3 
innings, while Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia fanned seven, but  gave up three 
runs  on five hits  over seven frames ... The Giants were 3-for-7 with runners 
in scoring position, while St. Louis finished 3-for-10 with RISP. 

 
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