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Cards top Giants for 7th straight home win

Aug 7, 2012 - 4:50 AM St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Matt Carpenter came off the bench and delivered the hit that knocked out Matt Cain and helped St. Louis win again at Busch Stadium.

Carpenter's two-run single highlighted a three-run sixth and the Cardinals extended their home winning streak to seven games in an 8-2 triumph over the San Francisco Giants in the opener of a four-game set.

Jon Jay tallied four hits, two RBI and a run scored for St. Louis, which won its fourth straight overall and sixth in its last seven games.

Jake Westbrook (11-8), a victor in his last four outings and five of his last six home starts, surrendered two runs on seven hits in six innings.

"He did a nice job, was down in the zone," said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny.

Cain (10-5) fanned seven, but allowed five runs on eight hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. He is 2-3 with a 4.40 ERA over his last nine starts since tossing a perfect game on June 13.

"I thought he competed well tonight," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "Give them credit, that's a good-hitting ball club. He was a hit away from it being a one-run ballgame and he's done and it's a quality start."

Buster Posey cracked a two-out solo homer over the wall in left-center to tie the contest at 2-2 in the sixth, but the Cards countered in the home half after pushing across three.

Matt Holliday laced a leadoff double into the left field corner, moved to third on Carlos Beltran's fly ball and waltzed home when David Freese lifted a sacrifice fly into center.

Consecutive singles by Yadier Molina and Jay, followed by Rafael Furcal's walk, loaded the bases with two away to set the stage for Carpenter, who pinch-hit for Westbrook.

He lined a 1-2 fastball the other way to left, which brought home Molina and Jay for a 5-2 St. Louis advantage.

"He came up in a perfect situation," Matheny said. "It was a great at-bat and a very timely RBI for us."

Freese's run-scoring base hit and Jay's two-run single in the seventh extended the margin to 8-2.

Earlier, Angel Pagan led off the contest by belting a homer to right, but the Cardinals answered by plating a pair in the second.

Beltran began the frame with a homer to right and Furcal's RBI single to center later in the inning gave St. Louis a 2-1 lead.

Game Notes

San Francisco's Hunter Pence went 0-for-4 and is 4-for-26 since being acquired from Philadelphia prior to Tuesday's trade deadline...The Giants were 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position, while St. Louis finished 4-for-10.

    ST. LOUIS: 8

    Aug 6 10:51 PM

  • Jon Jay single to center scored Carlos Beltran and David Freese with two out. On the play, Yadier Molina out at third. On the play, John Jay, advanced to second on the throw. Runner on second and Rafael Furcal due up.

    Giants 2, Cardinals 8  Bot 7, 2 OutsAug 6 10:34 PM

  • David Freese infield single to third scored Allen Craig with one out. On the play, Carlos Beltran advances to second. Runners on first and second and Yadier Molina due up.

    Giants 2, Cardinals 6  Bot 7, 1 OutAug 6 10:26 PM

  • George Kontos enters the game for the Giants with runners on second and third and two out.

    Giants 2, Cardinals 5  Bot 6, 2 OutsAug 6 10:06 PM

  • David Freese sacrifice fly to center scored Matt Holliday with two out. None on and Yadier Molina due up.

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  • Buster Posey two-out, solo Home Run (17) to left center. Hunter Pence due up.

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  • Rafael Furcal single to center scored David Freese with one out. On the play, Jon Jay advances to third. Runners on first and third and Jake Westbrook due up.

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  • Carlos Beltran lead-off Home Run (26) to right. David Freese due up.

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  • Angel Pagan lead-off Home Run (7) to right center. Ryan Theriot due up.

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