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Duncan's go-ahead single in 10th propels Cards past Giants

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN FRANCISCO -- These kinds of losses are all too familiar for Matt Cain. So many times last season, he watched his hard work go for naught.

Chris Duncan lined a go-ahead single to left with the bases loaded in the 10th inning and the St. Louis Cardinals battered the San Francisco bullpen for an 8-7 victory Saturday to spoil a gem by the Giants' starter.

Cain had a no-hitter heading into the seventh, but Albert Pujols ended it with a leadoff double. It was the fourth time in Cain's career he hadn't allowed a hit entering the seventh.

"It's tough for all of us," Cain said. "It's a loss all of us should never let happen. In the pitchers' minds, we should be able to pull that off."

St. Louis took advantage of two walks, one intentional, and a hit batsman by Erick Threets (0-1) in the 10th. Jason Isringhausen (1-0) blew his first save in six chances this season in the ninth but still earned the win. Anthony Reyes finished for his first save in as many tries.

"We came back twice today, which is great," Isringhausen said.

San Francisco's Fred Lewis doubled in the tying run with two outs in the ninth, and the ball glanced off first baseman Pujols' glove and into shallow right field. Rich Aurilia's RBI single got the Giants within 7-6.

The Cardinals had gone ahead in the top of the ninth on Ryan Ludwick's two-run homer off Brad Hennessey. Duncan pulled the Cardinals within 5-3 on a solo home run off Tyler Walker leading off the eighth, then Rick Ankiel hit a tying two-run shot two batters later. Walker, who had not given up a run in his first five outings, was booed walking off the field.

"A hard playing bunch of guys," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. "Play until it's over because you never know what happens. ... We've played 12 games so far like this and played really hard all the time. Nothing's bothered us."

Cain also homered to break a scoreless tie and John Bowker hit a three-run shot in his major league debut for San Francisco, which blew a 5-0 lead to deny Cain his first victory.

"That kid did everything. He pitched great and hit a home run," manager Bruce Bochy said. "That's one we can't let slip away for him, and we did. The kid's handled everything well. He's not going to say anything. He had to deal with it last year. We had the game in hand and let it get away."

Bowker, called up earlier in the day to start in right field, also singled in his first career at-bat. After his sixth-inning homer, Bowker received a curtain call and came back out of the dugout and tipped his cap to a standing ovation - the first time that's ever happened to him.

A Sacramento native with lots of friends and family in attendance, Bowker became the eighth San Francisco player to homer in his first major league game, joining the likes of Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda and the late Bobby Bonds. He got the ball from his base hit, too.

"That was awesome," he said. "To get that hit out of the way and to hear the crowd was a plus."

Cain hit the first pitch of the sixth inning from Todd Wellemeyer into the left-field seats for his third career homer, and the first by a Giants pitcher since Noah Lowry connected last Aug. 24, against Milwaukee.

Both starters were on from first pitch, combining for eight strikeouts through two innings.

The 23-year-old Cain was the Giants' hard-luck pitcher in 2007, going 7-16 despite consistently pitching well in his second full season in the majors. San Francisco was 9-23 in his starts and the bullpen blew five of Cain's leads.

He struck out five and walked three in 6 2-3 innings Saturday, giving up two runs and three hits in his first career appearance against St. Louis.

"We could've easily given in but no one did," Duncan said. "Everyone kept taking good at-bats and we got Cain out of the game. He threw really well but we just stayed in there, and once they got a new pitcher everyone started grinding it out."

Wellemeyer struck out seven and walked three in six innings, allowing five earned runs and five hits.

Giants center fielder Aaron Rowand rested his sore groin for a second straight day.

Notes

  • Isringhausen had been 6-for-6 saving games in the Giants' waterfront ballpark.
  • San Francisco hasn't had a no-hitter since John Montefusco no-hit Atlanta on Sept. 29, 1976.
  • San Francisco is 0-6 in afternoon games.
  • Saturday marked the 48th anniversary of the opening of Candlestick Park, the Giants' former stadium. That day, San Francisco beat the Cardinals 3-1 in front of 42,269 people.
 
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Giants pitcher Matt Cain takes a no-no into the seventh inning, but loses it to the leadoff hitter.  (AP)
Giants pitcher Matt Cain takes a no-no into the seventh inning, but loses it to the leadoff hitter. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

C. Duncan
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
San Francisco

J. Bowker
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, RF3000010 .250
   a- Ryan Ludwick, PH-RF2112103 .333
Chris Duncan, LF5132110 .286
Albert Pujols, 1B4220204 .390
Rick Ankiel, CF4212113 .273
Troy Glaus, 3B5000025 .222
Adam Kennedy, 2B4111110 .214
Jason LaRue, C4000002 .000
    Yadier Molina, C0000000 .265
Todd Wellemeyer, P2000000 .000
   b- Rico Washington, PH1011000 .333
    Kelvin Jimenez, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
   c- Brian Barton, PH1000000 .389
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
   d- Aaron Miles, PH0000000 .217
    Anthony Reyes, P0000000 .000
Cesar Izturis, SS3100112 .219
Totals3889877  
a-lined out for Schumaker in the 7th
b-singled for Wellemeyer in the 7th
c-grounded out for Franklin in the 9th
d-hit a sacrifice bunt for Isringhausen in the 10th
Batting
2B - Chris Duncan (1, Hennessey), Albert Pujols (4, Cain)
HR - Ryan Ludwick (2, Hennessey), Chris Duncan (1, T. Walker), Rick Ankiel (4, T. Walker)
SH - Aaron Miles (1)
RBI - Ryan Ludwick 2 (8), Chris Duncan 2 (3), Rick Ankiel 2 (10), Adam Kennedy (3), Rico Washington (2)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Duncan (1), Rico Washington (1)
Team LOB - 10
St. Louis Cardinals
Todd Wellemeyer 6555372 4.00
Kelvin Jimenez 1100000 3.00
Ryan Franklin 1000000 1.35
Jason Isringhausen (BS,1; W,1-0) 1322010 2.57
Anthony Reyes (S,1) 1100020 3.18
Pitches-Strikes - Todd Wellemeyer 93-60, Kelvin Jimenez 17-11, Ryan Franklin 8-5, Jason Isringhausen 26-16, Anthony Reyes 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Todd Wellemeyer 6-4, Kelvin Jimenez 2-1, Ryan Franklin 1-2, Jason Isringhausen 1-1, Anthony Reyes 1-0
Batters Faced - Todd Wellemeyer 25, Kelvin Jimenez 4, Ryan Franklin 3, Jason Isringhausen 6, Anthony Reyes 4
San Francisco Giants
Fred Lewis, LF4131110 .310
Eugenio Velez, 2B4000003 .212
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
   a- Aaron Rowand, PH1000001 .267
    Erick Threets, P0000000 .000
Randy Winn, CF-RF5000021 .250
Bengie Molina, C5111020 .279
Jose Castillo, 3B4110120 .267
John Bowker, RF3123000 .667
    Jack Taschner, P0000000 .000
    Merkin Valdez, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Walker, P0000000 .000
    Brad Hennessey, P0000000 .000
    Ray Durham, 2B2110001 .233
Daniel Ortmeier, 1B3000011 .167
    Rich Aurilia, 1B1011000 .250
Brian Bocock, SS4000021 .194
Matt Cain, P1111100 .250
    Rajai Davis, CF2100001 .077
Totals397107310  
a-popped out for Wilson in the 9th
Batting
2B - Fred Lewis 2 (5, Jimenez, Isringhausen), Jose Castillo (7, An. Reyes), Ray Durham (2, Isringhausen)
HR - John Bowker (1, Wellemeyer), Matt Cain (1, Wellemeyer)
RBI - Fred Lewis (1), Bengie Molina (9), John Bowker 3 (3), Rich Aurilia (4), Matt Cain (1)
2-OUT RBI - Fred Lewis (1), Bengie Molina (2), John Bowker 3 (3)
SB - Rajai Davis (4, 2nd base off Isringhausen/LaRue)
CS - Eugenio Velez (1, 2nd base by Wellemeyer/LaRue)
Team LOB - 5
San Francisco Giants
Matt Cain 6.2322350 3.24
Jack Taschner0000000 1.93
Merkin Valdez (H,2) 0.1000000 1.42
Tyler Walker (BS,1) 1333012 5.06
Brad Hennessey 0.1222201 17.47
Brian Wilson 0.2000000 6.23
Erick Threets (L,0-1) 1111210 4.05
IBB - Pujols by Brad Hennessey, Ludwick by Erick Threets
HBP - Izturis (by Jack Taschner), LaRue (by Erick Threets)
WP - Tyler Walker (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 95-56, Jack Taschner 3-2, Merkin Valdez 1-1, Tyler Walker 23-14, Brad Hennessey 17-5, Brian Wilson 3-5, Erick Threets 22-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 7-8, Tyler Walker 1-1, Brad Hennessey 1-0, Brian Wilson 2-0, Erick Threets 2-0
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 26, Jack Taschner 1, Merkin Valdez 1, Tyler Walker 6, Brad Hennessey 5, Brian Wilson 2, Erick Threets 7
Game Information
Attendance - 35717
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - Dale Scott