San Francisco at St. Louis

St. Louis
W: M. Bumgarner (5-4) L: J. Westbrook (7-8)
S: B. Wilson (35)
HR: SF - P. Sandoval (10),A. Huff (21)   STL - A. Pujols (32)

Giants hand Cards season-worst fifth straight loss wire reports

ST. LOUIS -- Madison Bumgarner would like another shot at pitching to Albert Pujols. The St. Louis Cardinals will have to play a lot better to make that happen.

The 21-year-old rookie pitched into the eighth inning and the San Francisco Giants got home runs from Pablo Sandoval and Aubrey Huff, sending the Cardinals to their season-worst fifth straight loss with a 6-3 victory on Friday night. All of the losses have come at home for St. Louis, which is 39-23 at Busch Stadium and has scored two runs three times during the slump.

"It's not just our offense, we need to play better," Pujols said. "There are lot of different things that we aren't doing the right way, and you can't win like that.

"There's no tomorrow, we need to win games."

Pujols hit his 398th career homer for the Cardinals, who led the NL Central by a game after a dramatic sweep of the Reds on Aug. 11, but have dropped five of six since then and began the night 3½ games behind Cincinnati. Pedro Feliz singled and scored twice and handled two chances at third base in his debut with St. Louis.

Pujols, who leads the NL with 32 homers, also lined a ball to the center field wall against Bumgarner in the third. Not that the rookie was overly impressed.

"You know what, I'm looking forward to facing him again," Bumgarner said. "I'm not going to be afraid, not going to try to go around him. I'm going to go after him."

The slump is getting to manager Tony La Russa, who complained about home plate umpire Gary Cederstrom's calls in the ninth inning while Brian Wilson was finishing for his 35th save in 38 chances.

"You can go ahead and fine me, I don't care," La Russa said. "There were several strikes, a guy as good as Brian Wilson, he doesn't need. Who knows how that inning would have been?"

Buster Posey doubled twice with an RBI off Jake Westbrook (1-1) for the Giants, who have won two straight after dropping four of the previous five to stay in the thick of the wild card picture.

Bumgarner (5-4) struck out five with one walk and worked out of trouble twice. Felipe Lopez popped up with the bases loaded to end the second when the Cardinals scored once on four hits, and Matt Holliday grounded into a double play with two men on to end the fifth.

Bumgarner was hurt only by Brendan Ryan's bases-loaded infield hit in the second and Pujols' homer leading off the eighth, also the last batter he faced. The left-hander had been 0-2 the last four starts but has won all of his games on the road, and has showed better velocity lately after backing off the intensity playing catch between starts.

"My arm's starting to feel better and better each time out," Bumgarner said. "It's helped me feel better each time out, the command's been there and I haven't been tired.

"I was throwing high effort level each day between starts and it just wears you down."

Pujols also singled and walked and tied Dale Murphy for 49th place on the career list after his ninth homer in 16 games.

Westbrook, the last Cardinals pitcher to win, allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings. The right-hander was in trouble in four innings, stranding two runners in the first and fifth, giving up two runs on four hits in the second, and surrendering Sandoval's 10th homer in the third.

The Giants had four hits in a stretch of five at-bats in the second, including Bumgarner's second career RBI on a single he bounced up the middle and Posey's RBI double.

Sandoval homered for the second straight game and fourth time in eight games, a stretch that followed a 47-game homerless drought. Huff had been 1 for 14 against the Cardinals before ending a 69 at-bat homer drought with his 21st in the seventh off Blake Hawksworth, and reached base four times adding a single and two walks.

  • Giants SS Juan Uribe was not in the lineup after fouling a ball off his left foot Thursday. X-rays taken before the game were negative and manager Bruce Bochy said he might return to the lineup as early as Saturday.
  • Westbrook fell to 20-10 in August, his best month for victories.
  • Giants pitchers have earned victories the last two starts after going 14 consecutive starts without one.
  • Giants RHP Tim Lincecum , who opposes the Cardinals' Chris Carpenter on Saturday night, has allowed 14 earned runs in 14 innings while losing three straight starts. It's the first three-game losing streak for the pitcher who's won the last two NL Cy Young awards.
  • Paid attendance of 43,822 was the Cardinals 23rd sellout.
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In the midst of their worst losing streak of the season, Brendan Ryan and the Cardinals have fallen steadily in the NL Central. (AP)
In the midst of their worst losing streak of the season, Brendan Ryan and the Cardinals have fallen steadily in the NL Central. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

A. Huff
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
St. Louis

A. Pujols
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Andres Torres, CF5011032 .286
Buster Posey, C5121001 .342
Aubrey Huff, 1B-LF3122202 .295
Pat Burrell, LF3000214 .251
    Travis Ishikawa, 1B0000000 .289
Jose Guillen, RF4010013 .262
    Nate Schierholtz, RF1000010 .240
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5121003 .268
Mike Fontenot, SS4220120 .286
Freddy Sanchez, 2B5120012 .263
Madison Bumgarner, P4011012 .148
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
   a- Aaron Rowand, PH1000002 .242
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
a-lined out for Romo in the 9th
2B - Buster Posey 2 (18, Westbrook, Hawksworth), Pablo Sandoval (28, MacDougal)
HR - Aubrey Huff (21, Hawksworth), Pablo Sandoval (10, Westbrook)
RBI - Andres Torres (49), Buster Posey (46), Aubrey Huff 2 (70), Pablo Sandoval (49), Madison Bumgarner (2)
2-OUT RBI - Buster Posey (14), Pablo Sandoval (10)
Team LOB - 12
DP - F. Sanchez-Huff
San Francisco Giants
Madison Bumgarner (W,5-4) 7922151 3.20
Sergio Romo 1211010 2.31
Brian Wilson (S,35) 1200010 2.01
Pitches-Strikes - Madison Bumgarner 97-69, Sergio Romo 16-13, Brian Wilson 17-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Madison Bumgarner 5-10, Sergio Romo 2-0, Brian Wilson 2-0
Batters Faced - Madison Bumgarner 30, Sergio Romo 5, Brian Wilson 5
St. Louis Cardinals
Felipe Lopez, 2B-SS5010023 .245
Allen Craig, RF4010011 .175
   a- Skip Schumaker, PH1010000 .265
Albert Pujols, 1B4121100 .316
Matt Holliday, LF5010023 .302
Pedro Feliz, 3B4220001 .225
Yadier Molina, C4020000 .253
Jon Jay, CF4021010 .353
Jake Westbrook, P2000014 .100
    Blake Hawksworth, P0000000 .000
   b- Aaron Miles, PH-2B2000001 .312
Brendan Ryan, SS3011001 .224
    Mike MacDougal, P0000000 .000
    Mitchell Boggs, P0000000 .000
   c- Randy Winn, PH1000000 .232
a-singled for Craig in the 9th
b-popped out for Hawksworth in the 7th
c-grounded out for Boggs in the 9th
2B - Jon Jay (17, Bumgarner)
HR - Albert Pujols (32, Bumgarner)
RBI - Albert Pujols (88), Jon Jay (17), Brendan Ryan (23)
2-OUT RBI - Brendan Ryan (10)
Team LOB - 10
St. Louis Cardinals
Jake Westbrook (L,7-8) 6733271 4.48
Blake Hawksworth 1222111 5.19
Mike MacDougal 1.1411220 5.19
Mitchell Boggs 0.2000000 3.86
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Westbrook 113-76, Blake Hawksworth 25-15, Mike MacDougal 39-25, Mitchell Boggs 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Westbrook 7-4, Blake Hawksworth 1-1, Mike MacDougal 2-0
Batters Faced - Jake Westbrook 27, Blake Hawksworth 6, Mike MacDougal 10, Mitchell Boggs 2
Game Information
Attendance - 43822
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Mike Everitt