San Francisco Giants Saturday game wrap: Arroyo’s two run double wins it in the 13th for SF 3-1

May 20, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants Christian Arroyo, right, watches his two run-double off of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kevin Siegrist, foreground, in the 13th inning during a baseball game Saturday, May 20, 2017, in St. Louis. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

By Jeremy Kahn

After not seeing a run cross the plate for 12 innings, the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals scored four runs in the 13th inning and the visitors left the field shaking hands.

Christian Arroyo hit a two-run double in the top of the 13th inning, and Nick Hundley added a sacrifice fly and the Giants defeated the Cardinals 3-1 at Busch Stadium.

Arroyo’s double came on the 12th pitch of the at-bat against Kevin Siegrist drove in Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford. Posey, Crawford and Eduardo Nunez each singled to load the bases just prior to the Arroyo double off the left-center field wall.

Jeff Samardzija pitched a strong eight innings, allowing just four hits and struck out eight.

Hunter Strickland picked up his first win of the season, as he pitched two innings, allowing two hits and struck out three.

Despite giving up a run in the bottom of the 13th inning, Mark Melancon picked up his eighth save of the season and the Giants have won eight out of their last nine games.

The relief quartet of Josh Osich, Derek Law, Strickland and Melancon pitched the final five innings, and allowed one run on five hits, not walking a batter and striking out five.

Following the bottom of the 10th inning, the game was delayed for 42 minutes due to rain.

Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez was outstanding, despite the fact that he did not fare in the decision. Martinez pitched nine innings, allowing just two hits, striking out five and threw 93 pitches on the evening.

Matt Carpenter gave the Cardinals a chance to win the game in the bottom of the ninth inning, as he hit a ball just out of the reach of Nunez in left field. Instead of stopping at second base and giving the Cardinals a chance to win the game, Carpenter tried to extend the double into a triple and Nunez threw to Arroyo for the first out of the inning.

NOTES: Matt Cain looks for the sweep on Sunday afternoon, as he takes the mound for the Giants. Adam Wainwright will be on the mound for the Cardinals, as they look to stop their four-game losing streak.

Conor Gillaspie went 1-for-3 in his first rehabilitation game for the Sacramento Rivercats on Friday night.

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