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St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Tim Hudson tossed seven scoreless innings,
Joaquin Arias went 3-for-4 with three RBI and the San Francisco Giants cruised
past the St. Louis Cardinals, 8-0, in the finale of a four-game series.
Hudson (6-2) gave up just three hits while striking out six and walking two
for the Giants, who have won nine of their last 11. The right-hander retired
the last 11 batters he faced.
Brandon Crawford knocked in two runs and scored twice for San Francisco, which
had 14 hits. Buster Posey, who returned from a three-game absence due to lower
back tightness, went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.
St. Louis starter Lance Lynn (6-3) allowed seven runs -- four earned -- on
eight hits with four walks over 3 1/3 innings.
The Giants jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Angel Pagan, Hunter
Pence and Posey hit three straight singles to plate a run. After Pablo
Sandoval fouled out, Gregor Blanco reached first on Kolten Wong's fielding
error. Another run scored on Crawford's fielder's choice. Brandon Hicks walked
to fill the bags for Arias, who hit a two-run single to center.
San Francisco tacked on two more runs in the third. Crawford and Hicks walked
before Arias' RBI single up the middle. Hicks crossed the plate on Pagan's
The Cardinals wasted a golden scoring opportunity in their half of the third.
Allen Craig was hit in the helmet to load the bases with two outs. Oscar
Taveras, who homered in his MLB debut on Saturday, grounded out to end the
The Giants scored another run in the fourth. Carlos Martinez came in from the
bullpen after Lynn put men on first and second with one out. Crawford's
ground-rule double to left scored Posey.
Blanco's RBI triple in the sixth made it 8-0.
The Giants have the best record in the NL at 37-20 ... Hudson improved to 4-4
lifetime against the Cardinals ... Sandoval extended his hitting streak to 12
games ... San Francisco first baseman Michael Morse (foot) missed the game ...
Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter extended his hitting streak to 14