Wainwright and Cardinals get win in finale 8-3; Carpenter goes yard, Grichuck picks up four RBIs over SF

May 21, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

St. Louis Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter (13) rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run as third base coach Chris Maloney (77) watches during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

By Jeremy Kahn

After a 13-inning victory on Saturday afternoon, the San Francisco Giants looked to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals behind Matt Cain.

Unfortunately, the sweep did not occur, as Matt Carpenter hit a home run and Randall Grichuk drove in four runs, helping the Cardinals to a 8-3 victory over the Giants at Busch Stadium.

The win by the Cardinals not only helped them salvage the series finale from the Giants, but the Cardinals also snapped their four-game losing streak.

Adam Wainwright pitched 6.1 innings of great baseball, as he gave up just one run on five hits and also picked up a RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning.

This was the second strong start in a row for Wainwright, who threw strong seven innings in a 5-0 victory on May 10 against the Chicago Cubs.

Carpenter hit a two-run home run off of Cain in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Cain went 5.1 innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits, as his overall record in his 13-year career at Busch Stadium falls to 0-4 in six career starts there.

Grichuk got the Cardinals rolling in the bottom of the first inning, as he hit a bases-loaded double, when the Cardinals scored four runs off of Cain. The fourth and final run batted in came in the bottom of the eighth inning, as he picked up his second double of the game.

The loss by the Giants stopped their two-game winning streak, but the Giants have still won seven out of their last nine games after being a major-league worst 12-24.

Brandon Crawford and Eduardo Nunez hit back-to-back home runs for the Giants in the top of the eighth inning. The last 15 home runs by the Giants have been solo home runs.

NOTES: After catching all 13 innings in their 3-1 victory on Saturday night, Buster Posey was given the day off by Bruce Bochy.

Ty Blach takes the mound in the opener of their four-game series against the Cubs on Monday night, while the Cubs will send John Lackey to the mound for the defending World Champions.


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