Hunter Pence doubled in a run and scored twice and Buster Posey
added an RBI double for the Giants, who snapped a four-game slide.
Lincecum (7-5) surrendered four hits and a pair of walks while
striking out six, allowing his first hit with one out in the second
to break up his streak of hitless frames that included a no-hitter
against San Diego last Wednesday.
Marco Gonzales (0-1) made his second career start for the Cardinals
and was knocked around for five runs on seven hits and four walks in
4 1/3 innings. Jhonny Peralta doubled as St. Louis dropped to 3-5 on
its 10-game road trip.
Gonzales matched Lincecum through the first three innings but ran
into trouble in the fourth when Pence led off with a single to
center. Posey followed with a double just inside the line in left to
plate Pence before coming in on Sandoval’s towering home run to
Pence sent an RBI double into the gap in left-center in the fifth
and came home on Hector Sanchez’s groundout later in the frame. The
Cardinals squandered their best opportunity in the fourth, when they
loaded the bases with no outs before Lincecum struck out two and
induced a groundout.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: The Giants improved to 5-15 in the last 20 games. …
San Francisco CF Angel Pagan was on the verge of being activated
from the DL but suffered a setback and will visit a specialist in
Los Angeles on Wednesday. … St. Louis top prospect RF Oscar Taveras
made his first start since being recalled on Monday and went 0-for-3
with a walk and a strikeout.
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