Tavares goes deep in first game

By Jeremy Kahn

Oscar Tavares did not waste any time to get himself anointed with the fans of the St. Louis Cardinals in his major league debut.

Tavares launched a Yusmeiro Petit pitch 418 feet into the seats in the bottom of the fifth inning, as the Cardinals defeated the San Francisco Giants 2-0 at Busch Stadium.

The loss put an end to the Giants four-game winning streak, as Michael Wacha pitched a great game, despite two different rain delays.

Wacha went six innings, allowing three hits in his fifth rain-delayed of the 2014 season.

This season alone, the Cardinals have amassed rain delays of six hours and 30 minutes, incluing two delays of 51 and 47 minutes respectively.

In his last start on Sunday afternoon, Wacha and the Cardinals were forced to sit thru a 61-minute rain delay against the New York Yankees.

Delays are obviously nothing new to Wacha, as he sat and watched the bullpen blow a lead and after 4.5 hours and finally the game ended at 3:14 A.M. against the Kansas City Royals.

Petit gave up jut two hits in six innings of work for the Giants in place of Matt Cain, who was placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.

Jhonny Peralta put the finishing touches on the scoring in the bottom of the seventh inning, as he doubled off of George Kontos and the Cardinals put an end their three-game losing streak.

Buster Posey missed his third straigh game tightness in his lower back.

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