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Newcomer Feliz helps Cards snap 5-game losing streak

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- With his team in disparate need of a win, St. Louis Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter played the role of stopper to perfection.

Carpenter (14-4) outdueled Tim Lincecum, and the Cardianls snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the San Francisco Giants 5-1 Saturday.

"It was nice," said Carpenter, who allowed a run in 7 1/3 innings. "We just need to win some ballgames. Going against a guy like Lincecum, you know it's going to be a tough night. It was nice to see our guys go out and get some runs and enable us to win."

Newcomer Pedro Feliz also helped hand Lincecum the first four-game skid of his career. Feliz had two hits and two RBI, giving him four hits in two games with St. Louis since coming over in a trade with Houston Thursday.

"You don't play regularly on a championship team like he did for Philadelphia unless you can do everything," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said of his new third baseman. "He's a quality veteran. We're glad we got him."

Lincecum (11-8) began the day 5-0 with a 1.54 ERA in five starts against the Cardinals. But the defending two-time NL Cy Young winner was tagged for four runs on six hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings.

In his last four starts, Lincecum has allowed 28 hits and 18 runs in 19 1/3 innings. Lincecum, however, said he felt more like his usual self Saturday.

"In my mind, I feel like I'm getting back to form," Lincecum said. "For the most part, I felt I was aggressive. I just got bit a couple of times."

Carpenter has been going in the opposite direction of Lincecum. He gave up five hits, walked two and struck out four.

"He was tough," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Carpenter. "Real pitchers at the top of their game, they're always tough."

Top pitchers generally get better as the game progresses, and that was the case with Carpenter.

"As the game went on, I felt I like I got stronger," Carpenter said. "I felt like was able to locate well with all my pitches and get outs."

Added La Russa: "Everything we had going down, the losing streak, going against Lincecum. He really gave us the lift we needed."

A trio of pitchers combined on scoreless relief.

Randy Winn, making a rare start, hit a solo home run for the Cardinals.

Buster Posey had two hits for the second straight night for the Giants. He is hitting .401 on the road this season.

Lincecum was cruising until Winn led off the fourth inning with a 419-foot homer to right field for the first run of the game. The homer was only the Cardinals' second ever off Lincecum. Skip Schumaker took him deep on July 7, 2007.

The Cardinals scored two more runs before Lincecum recorded an out in the fifth. Yadier Molina drew a leadoff walk, Feliz followed with a triple down the left-field line and Brendan Ryan hit a double into the left-field corner to make it 3-0.

San Francisco broke through in the eighth. Posey singled with one out and Carpenter was replaced by Trever Miller, who allowed a single to Aubrey Huff.

After reliever Kyle McClellan struck out Pat Burrell, Posey scored on an infield single by Jose Guillen.

Feliz got that run back with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning.

Notes

  • The Cardinals batted the pitcher in the ninth spot for the first time since Carpenter hit ninth on June 13 at Arizona.
  • St. Louis is now 49-27 in games started by Carpenter, Adam Wainright and Jaime Garcia.
  • Matt Holliday and Albert Pujols both stole bases, giving opponents 23 steals in 26 attempts against Lincecum this season.
  • Winn's home run broke a 1-for-19 slump.
 
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Teammates appreciate Pedro Feliz's offensive contribution in just two games with the Cards.  (AP)
Teammates appreciate Pedro Feliz's offensive contribution in just two games with the Cards. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

P. Feliz
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
St. Louis

C. Carpenter
IP 7.1
H 5
ER 1
BB 2
K 4
 

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San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, CF4000101 .283
Buster Posey, C4120011 .344
Aubrey Huff, 1B3010101 .295
Pat Burrell, LF4010013 .251
Jose Guillen, RF4021001 .264
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4000014 .265
Mike Fontenot, SS4010011 .286
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4010001 .263
Tim Lincecum, P2000010 .091
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
   a- Nate Schierholtz, PH1000000 .239
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
   b- Travis Ishikawa, PH1000011 .287
Totals3518126  
a-grounded out for Ramirez in the 7th
b-struck out for Mota in the 9th
Batting
2B - Pat Burrell (16, Carpenter)
RBI - Jose Guillen (65)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Guillen (25)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Buster Posey (5, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Lincecum (L,11-8) 5.1644241 3.72
Ramon Ramirez 0.2000100 3.73
Jeremy Affeldt 1000010 4.38
Guillermo Mota 1211000 4.31
IBB - Ryan by Ramon Ramirez
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 91-63, Ramon Ramirez 8-4, Jeremy Affeldt 7-5, Guillermo Mota 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 7-5, Ramon Ramirez 2-0, Jeremy Affeldt 1-1, Guillermo Mota 1-2
Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 24, Ramon Ramirez 3, Jeremy Affeldt 3, Guillermo Mota 5
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Skip Schumaker, 2B4000001 .262
Randy Winn, RF4111021 .232
Albert Pujols, 1B4110000 .316
Matt Holliday, LF3110111 .302
Jon Jay, CF3011001 .353
Yadier Molina, C3110100 .253
Pedro Feliz, 3B4122011 .229
Brendan Ryan, SS3011101 .225
Chris Carpenter, P3000014 .109
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
    Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .500
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
Totals3158535  
Batting
2B - Brendan Ryan (15, Lincecum)
3B - Pedro Feliz (2, Lincecum)
HR - Randy Winn (4, Lincecum)
SH - Jon Jay (5)
RBI - Randy Winn (20), Jon Jay (18), Pedro Feliz 2 (33), Brendan Ryan (24)
2-OUT RBI - Pedro Feliz (10)
SB - Albert Pujols (12, 3rd base off Lincecum/Posey), Matt Holliday (8, 2nd base off Lincecum/Posey)
Team LOB - 6
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Carpenter (W,14-4) 7.1511240 2.88
Trever Miller0100000 4.18
Kyle McClellan (H,16) 0.2100010 1.87
Ryan Franklin 1100010 3.28
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Carpenter 111-66, Trever Miller 4-2, Kyle McClellan 12-8, Ryan Franklin 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Carpenter 8-10, Kyle McClellan 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Carpenter 29, Trever Miller 1, Kyle McClellan 3, Ryan Franklin 4
Game Information
Attendance - 44477
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom