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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 
fielder's choice. 

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 
threat. 

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. 

                                   Game Notes 

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 
games. 

 
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